When the Stuff Blocks the Move


When the Stuff Blocks the Move

box-24402_640Your caree wants to move. You want your caree to move. But, he has so much stuff that the two of you dread the idea of a move. So, your caree stays put.

How do you tackle the stuff so the move can happen?

Turn to professionals who know just how to move your carees from a 10-room house to a two-room apartment. Senior move managers specialize in helping older adults downsize, which means they have expertise in de-cluttering a home filled with forty years of knick-knacks and newspaper clippings. The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) represents these professionals whose business makes your caree's move easier.

According to the association, senior move managers:

  • Develop an overall move or "age in place" plan;

  • Organize, sort and downsize;

  • Customize floor plans;

  • Arrange for the profitable disposal of unwanted items through auction, estate sale, buy-out, consignment, donation, or a combination of the above;

  • Interview, schedule and oversee movers;

  • Arrange shipments and storage;

  • Supervise and oversee professional packing;

  • Unpack and set up the new home;

  • Help with related services, such as cleaning, waste removal, shopping, senior escort, assisting with selection of a realtor and helping prepare the home to be sold.

You can hire a senior move manager to orchestrate the entire move, from organizing, packing, moving and unpacking. Or, you can use a senior move manager to simply pack up your caree's home. When interviewing a senior move manager for hire, NASMM suggests asking the following questions:

  • How long have you been providing Senior Move Management services?

  • Have you participated in any formal training programs?

  • Are you fully insured for liability and workers' compensation?

  • How do you charge? (Fees should be provided in writing to the consumer or responsible party prior to providing services).

  • Will you provide a written contract?

  • Can you provide references?

  • Are you a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers® (NASMM)?

To learn more and search for a senior move manager in your caree's community, visit www.nasmm.org.

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I have a funny story to tell about when my Grandfather moved from his house of 33 years to a retirement community. When he moved he discovered stuff that he had not looked at in 33 years and had to have. We rented a large dumpster and would throw things out which he would go out & get. He was on dialysis 3 times a week. We started going over to his house when he went to dialysis and would go throw things and throw things out. He never knew the difference!


Oh boy can I relate . . in at least your caree wants you to move. So sorry you are having a hard time ! il