As people reach their middle ages and beyond, their lifestyles change. Empty nesters look for smaller housing, retirees seek less maintenance and seniors desire services and amenities to meet their care needs. Moving from one chapter of life into another is exciting and represents an opportunity to redesign living spaces to meet changing lifestyles. Such is the service of Senior Moves By Design; helping people plan, organize, move, design and decorate when moving from one location to the. “A big part of being a senior move manager is the consultative aspect of the transition. The process is much more than a move and entails emotions and decisions that need to be identified and addressed,” says Senior Moves By Design President Jill Kearney. Kearney and her firm Senior Moves By Design have moved over 200 seniors often referred by senior communities. They also work directly with seniors and their families who are looking to relocate loved ones in town or out of state.
Senior Move Management is the profession that assists older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation.
Senior Move Managers can help with some or all of the following:
1. Developing an overall move or "age in place" plan
2. Customized floor plans
3. Organizing, sorting and downsizing
4. Arranging shipments and storage
5. Arranging for the profitable disposal of unwanted items through auction, estate sale, buy-out, consignment, donation, or a combination of the above
6. Interviewing, scheduling and overseeing movers
7. Supervise or provide oversight of professional packing
8. Unpacking and setting up the new home
9. Related services, such as cleaning, waste removal, shopping, senior escort, assisting with selection of a realtor and helping prepare the home to be sold.
Senior Move Managers have significant expertise in identifying resources and approaches that save money, reduce stress and produce quality results. The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASSM) is a professional organization for Senior Move Managers.
What makes a Senior Move Manager different from just a moving company?
Senior Move Managers can provide a comprehensive approach to the move process: from space planning in the beginning to post-move support.
Senior Move Managers minimize the chaos and stress associated with moving by addressing all aspects of the move process. They are responsible for creating and executing an action plan, customized to the client's wishes.
Some but not all Senior Move Managers are also movers (e.g. “the guys with the trucks”). Those providers that are not movers will work closely with a reputable local moving company to complete that aspect of the job.
With the gentle and expert guidance of an experienced Senior Move Manager, older adults and families make the key decisions without the emotional and physical distress that can follow. As a result, they avoid the costly mistakes and remorse that often accompany such major lifestyle transitions.
Senior Move Managers do so much more than simply sort, settle and move boxes; with loads of energy, enthusiasm and experience, Senior Move Managers take the worry (and work!) out of the move process. The client's job is to simply enjoy his or her new living arrangement.
What questions should I ask when deciding to contract with a Senior Move Manager?
How long have you been providing Senior Move Management services?
Have you participated in any formal training programs?
Are you fully insured for liability and workers' compensation?
How do you charge? (Fees should be provided in writing to the consumer or responsible party prior to providing services).
Will you provide a written contract?
Can you provide references?
Are you a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers® (NASMM)?