Specialists in senior moves can provide valuable services during challenging transitions. It’s imperative, however, that you like, trust, and “click” with this individual. They will be helping you work through some pretty tough tasks, so make sure you are comfortable with them from the beginning. Ideally, interview more than one candidate, in person, and discuss these topics:
Have they received special training or passed a qualifying exam? Senior move specialists may hold a several certifications, including (but not limited to) these organizations:
NASMM – National Association of Senior Move Managers (nasmm.org)
CRTS – Certified Relocation & Transition Specialists (crtscertification.com)
NAPO – National Association of Professional Organizers (napo.net)
As with any service provider (or anyone you may hire to do a job), it’s helpful to know how past clients have viewed their work and the value those clients feel they received for the money they paid. This information will be invaluable as you consider different service providers, so be sure to request and check references.
Some move managers charge by the hour, whereas others charge by the job. Read contracts carefully to know what services will be provided and the estimated cost. The geographic location, the magnitude of the move, and the number of desired services will impact fees.
Depending on your location, senior move professionals can charge less than $50 per hour or more than $150 per hour. Others will charge a lump sum based on the services you select from their menu, regardless of the time required to provide them. Either way, request a written estimate.
Be sure your move manager is insured and/or bonded. You are trusting them to handle your possessions. You should feel confident in your move manager’s abilities, as well as the protection they offer.
Most move managers offer a "menu" of services, so you can select what you need, instead of paying for things you want to handle on your own (or with the help of family and friends). Again, comparing several companies will help you find the best fit for your needs.