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2/27/2013Home Care News

Senior Specialties - Online: Move Management / Downsizing

   Moderated by Richard Weatherman

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Moving is never easy and many social changes have made it difficult for family members to provide all the physical and emotional assistance needed for living transitions and relocation.

The goal is to simplify your relocation, provide peace of mind and make sure you are comfortably settled in your new home.

Move managers provide coordination and management services for everything or anything that has to do with a move: space and timetable planning, arranging for movers, organizing, down sizing your belongings, packing, unpacking and setting up your new residence.  Even selling what is left in the estate.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a Senior Move Manager?
  2. Why are Senior Move Management Services needed?
  3. What do Senior Move Managers do?
  4. Who uses Senior Move Managers?
  5. What do Senior Move Management Services Cost?
  6. What Questions should I ask Senior Move Managers? 

1. What is a Senior Move Manager?

A Senior Move Manager is a professional who specializes in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation. Although many have backgrounds in social work health care, nursing, gerontology and psychology, all share a commitment to working with seniors and a desire to do meaningful work. Senior Move Managers have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality and availability of community resources. Because they focus exclusively on the move process, Senior Move Managers have significant expertise in the resources and approaches that save money, reduce stress and produce quality results.

2. Why are Senior Move Management Services needed?

Because most older adults making a transition have not moved in 30, 40 or 50 years, they need to downsize considerably. Many, if not most, typically find themselves overwhelmed by the process and/or not physically able to do it. Even though family and friends want to help, they often have geographic, demographic or psychographic barriers such as:

  • Live too far away
  • Sandwiched between the needs of aging parents & children
  • Juggling conflicting demands of careers, home and family
  • Physically unable to help because they’re older themselves
  • Emotionally drained due to illness or death

As a result, the Senior Move Management Service Sector has emerged to fill these gaps, and to make the moving and adjustment process easier for everyone involved.

3. What do Senior Move Managers do?

Although specific services vary by provider, most Senior Move Managers can help with some or all of the following:

  • Develop & Coordinate Move Plan
  • Organize & Sort for Downsizing
  • Create Customized Floor Plan
  • Interview, Schedule, Supervise Movers
  • Professionally Pack & Unpack
  • Set-Up & Decorate New Residence
  • Make it Safe & Accessible
  • Shop & Purchase Furniture & Household Goods
  • Change Utility Services (at old & new residences)
  • Handle Shipping & Storage of Non-Move Items
  • Arrange Profitable Disposal of Unwanted Items (auction, estate sales, buy-outs, consignment, donation, etc.)
  • Stage Current Residence to Appeal to Buyers
  • Clear & Clean Former Residence
  • Miscellaneous Move-Related Personal Services

4. Who uses Senior Move Managers?

Senior Move Managers are contracted by various sources:
The Older Adults Themselves
Family Members
Banks & Trust Officers
Geriatric Care Managers
Social Service Providers
Senior Housing Communities
Allied Health Personnel
Physicians & Allied Health Personnel

5. What do Senior Move Management Services Cost?

The charges for Senior Move Management Services vary by provider, geographic market and services rendered. Most charge by the hour. Nationally rates range from $40-$125 per hour, with typical jobs ranging from 1,000-$5,000. Jobs typically range between $1,500-$3,000 plus the cost of the moving company. 

6. What Questions should I ask Senior Move Managers?

  • What specific senior move service do you provide?
  • What do you charge for the services that you provide?
  • Do you add mark-ups to other services that you arrange?
  • Do you add mark-ups to services provided by others that you arrange for clients?
  • Do you provide written estimates and contracts?
  • How long have you been providing senior move management services?
  • Are you a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers?
  • What are your other professional credentials?
  • Are you fully insured for liability and workers compensation?
  • Can you provide me with references?

Ask a Senior Move Manager Specialist a Question!

Group Feed
Lorine Stoikowitz wrote on the Senior Specialties: Move Management / Downsizing wall: AVOID THE CROWD WHEN MOVING: The last 2 weeks of May, the months of June & July, and the first 2 weeks of August are prime moving time for families with children, so anyone with flexibility in their schedule would be well advised to avoid them if possible. If it's not possible to avoid the crunch months, we recommend you book your move assistance EARLY (30+ days) and aim for the middle of both the month and week you choose to be sure to get the assistance you want.
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2013
Ellen Makenna joined the group Senior Specialties: Move Management / Downsizing.
Posted Monday, January 21, 2013
Richard Weatherman joined the group Senior Specialist Group: Move Management / Downsizing.
Posted Thursday, January 17, 2013

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