Do you remember the circus act where a dozen clowns scrambled out of an impossibly small car? Well, downsizing from a house of a lifetime can be much the same – only in reverse. If you also consider the time it takes to go through all of your possessions, distribute them to friends, family, or charity, pack all of your stuff, and then the emotional toll it all takes on you, it might be wise to take advantage of professional assistance.
How to Find a Senior Move Manager
This is a relatively new field and not a lot of professionals have undergone the training necessary to become a Senior Move Manager. For up-to-date information on Senior Move Managers serving Talbot County feel free to call the Senior Services SourceBook at 410-443-2369.
Luckily, a robust profession, known as Senior Move Management, has sprung up in recent years to help you with the entire process. These empathetic and highly trained pros recognize that moving at any age is difficult and stressful – particularly for older adults leaving their home for the last time.
As the older adult sorts through generations of belongings, a Senior Move Manager helps he or she decide what constitutes “treasure” and what is truly “trash”. The Move Manager arranges for consignment, donations and gifts. She will also collaborate with movers and plan for storage (if necessary), set up the new household, and see that the old house is cleaned and ready. Some Senior Move Managers also have experience moving frail Seniors into nursing homes. Others will actually accompany an older adult on long-distance transportation as part of the moving process.
Although specific services may vary, most Senior Move Managers can help with some, or all, of the following:
- Developing an overall move plan;
- Organizing, sorting and downsizing;
- Customized floor plans for the new residence
- Arranging for the profitable disposal of unwanted items through auctions, estate sales, buy-outs, consignment, donation, or a combination of the above;
- Interviewing, scheduling, and overseeing movers;
- Arranging shipments and storage;
- Professional packing;
- Unpacking and setting up the new home;
- Related services such as cleaning, waste removal, shopping, senior escort, and helping prepare the home to be sold.
The process of moving from a long-time home is unique and emotionally stressful, so you may find the value of hiring a Move Manager cannot be measured in dollars and cents – it can be simply worth it for you and your family to have a helpful, thoughtful, experienced partner whose shoulder you can lean on.
This article was written with assistance from the National Association of Senior Move Managers Photo courtesy of Decorating Den Interiors www.DecoratingDen.com.