What is a Senior and Specialty Move Manager?
When a family needs assistance with an older family member, Move Managers step in to play a very important role.
Many of today’s families are scattered throughout the country and adult children are not always able to help with a time sensitive move. When family members have busy lives of their own, they need to turn to someone local to help.
Moving a parent who has been in their home for 30, 40, or 50 years is no small undertaking, and the organizational and physical tasks associated with planning such a complex move can be overwhelming for the entire family.
What Makes a Move Manager Different from a Typical Moving Company?
The difference is that move managers get much more involved in the move. They not only assist with packing and moving, they help minimize the stress and confusion your parent may associate with the process.
Move managers offer a whole menu of services so you can pick and choose what works for your family: The goal is to ease the stress on seniors and their family members by developing a customized plan, and handling all the details of that plan.
Some move managers provide these services directly, and others work in a management-type role. In either case, they have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of local community resources, so they’ll save you many hours of research—and keep you from making costly mistakes.
What Options are Available from a Move Manager?
- Consult with your family and create a game plan.
- Organize, sort, and downsize.
- Create floor plans for the new home.
- Provide space-planning so that belongings will fit into the new home.
- Arrange to sell items of value via auctions, estate sales, or on consignment.
- Dispose of unwanted items by donating to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
- Arranging shipments and storage.
- Work closely with a reputable moving company.
- Provide cleaning, waste removal, REALTOR® recommendations, and help prepare the home to be sold.
They can also unpack and setup the new home, if it’s in the local area. Should the move be out of their area, they can recommend a Move Manager in that city.
What is NASMM?
The National Association of Senior and Specialty Move Managers (NASMM) is the leading membership organization for Move Managers.
All NASMM members abide by a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
You can read more about their services and commitments at www.NASMM.org