There are problems that can crop up during any residential move, but moving an elderly loved one with a life time of belongings can pose additional challenges.
Companies specializing in senior moving services can help ease the transition.
“We are seeing an increasing trend in services to help care for the elderly and moving is no different,” says Angie’s List founder and owner Angie Hicks. “There are actually companies today that specialize in helping make the move for the elderly very efficient and smooth,” she said.
Senior moving managers are available to help with all aspects of the senior move. As a mover, you decide what services you need.
Services include packing and unpacking your belongings, moving, organizing and sorting your belongings as well as decorating the new home to match the old one.
Senior move managers, Sean and Jan Tienhaara said their senior moving company focuses on helping senior citizens trying to move closer to relatives living out of state.
“I go out to the home to meet them and see what their needs are. Most of the time they are living in a very large home, been there many, many years, and haven’t moved and have all of these belongings, and have to downsize to a very small, maybe one or two bedroom apartment. We start helping them make decisions on what they want to take, what they don’t want to take. We make a floor plan so they can see exactly, we measure their furniture, measure the new apartment, so they can see exactly where it’s going to be placed in the new home.”
To avoid the moving process from becoming overwhelming, Angie’s List has provided tips for seniors to ensure a smooth move:
• Don’t skip your research: Whether you’re looking for a senior move manager or a traditional mover, it’s important to research the company before you hire and get cost details in writing. A common complaint from consumers is being quoted one price before the move and being charged a higher price at the time of the move.
• Ask about costs: Most local movers charge by the hour, while longer distance moves are based on weight and distance. Fees vary depending on the services needed. Avoid movers who require large deposits. Request an in-home estimate. Most senior moving companies will offer a free consultation.
• Check qualifications: Always interview more than one company and ask about their service moving seniors. Check for membership in professional organizations, such as the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM).
• Ask about your insurance options: Most companies will offer free limited coverage, with additional insurance available for purchase. Check with your private home insurer to see if your policy covers damages incurred during a move.
• Ask about a written contract: Details and costs of the services should be clear in a contract. Don’t sign anything you don’t understand. Never sign off on the job until you’re sure there’s nothing missing or damaged. If you notice that a box is damaged at delivery, open it in the movers’ presence to confirm the condition of the articles in the box.
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