The job of a Senior Move Manager® is a relatively new one. A Senior Move Manager is a professional who assists older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation. But, what happens during a senior move? Below are the steps of the moving process that Senior Move Managers undertake to help individuals transition from one home to another. Professional Senior Move Manager and business owner, Jill Kearney of Senior Moves By Design, explains the process.
1. New Home Design. The first step in the process is designing your new home. Taking a page from Stephen Covey, Senior Moves By Design starts the process with the end in mind. This is important for several reasons. First, the individual is focused on their new setting and new life. “Designing one’s new life and the excitement of the next step helps clients stay excited through the moving process,” says Jill Kearney. This includes discussing with the client what hobbies, activities, and entertaining they will be doing in their new home. Then they review the floor plan to accommodate those activities and prepare a layout of furniture and personal belongings that meets these needs.
2. Rightsizing. This step includes the identification of the most important and necessary items that will go to the new location. Remember step one -- begin with the end in mind? Focusing on the new home allows for an honest evaluation of what items and memorabilia should go --- and more importantly what does not. “On every move clients are emotionally attached to items that provide them with comfort and great memories. We understand this, but we work with them empathetically to let go of those pieces and bring along only the most special items,” says Kearney. “Inevitably, clients understand that they will take and retain their memories, and that items that are no longer needed will also find new homes through donation and reuse.”
3. Pack and Preparation. After Rightsizing the real work begins -- packing and preparing for the move. Items are organized, labeled, wrapped up and protected, and placed in boxes.
4. One Day Move-in. When the items are boxed and ready for transit, professional movers carefully load and transfer boxes and furniture to the new location. At the new home, all items are unpacked and placed according to the floor plan, new design and layout.
5. Preparing the House to Sell. This is not always an obvious step but is an important one. The existing home is cleaned, maintenance items are repaired by trusted contractors and suggestions are made for cosmetic improvements to help maximize the home’s attraction to buyers. This includes painting, new flooring and staging the residence with art, plants, decorations and sometimes furniture on loan. This usually involves bringing in professional real estate stagers.
6. Design Follow-up. After the client has comfortably settled in, Senior Moves By Design follows up with the client to see how comfortable their new home is. Furnishings, decorations and other lifestyle issues will be discussed and adjusted accordingly to maximize the space of the new home.
Kearney also shares the secret to a great senior move, “We guide our clients through the entire process by providing advice and peace of mind. We are empathetic to their emotions, and our positivity keeps the client happy. You can ask our clients – we make moving joyful!”
For more information about Senior Moves By Design visit our website or call 610-295-0036. If you are a professional stager or senior mover and you have a question for Jill, connect with her at https://www.facebook.com/jill.kearney.7