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over the coming days and weeks at
the other end. There is nothing left
to do but sit back, relax and enjoy
your new home. This quick transi-
tion into the new residence will also
allow the senior to jump right into
the activities and social events in
their new community, as opposed to
spending their first days and weeks
unpacking and getting settled.
Taking the Burden Off Family
So many times, the senior plan-
ning to move doesn’t want to burden
their family--adult children may
have families of their own (sandwich
generation), or full-time jobs, or live
out of the area, or all three! Some-
times the stress of moving
out of a family home is hard
on the adult children too--it’s
where they grew up! Having
someone experienced, and
objective, to help can ease the
stress on everyone.
Moving Away
What about the times
when a senior is moving
from one state to another?A Senior
Move Manager can help with that
too! The National Association of
Senior Move Managers makes it
easy for Senior Move Managers to
coordinate with one another on both
ends of the move. In fact, there are
currently more than 800 members
of NASMM in the United States
and Canada, so lining up help on
the other end is no problem.
Getting the Home Ready
for Sale
Another way a senior move
Manager can help in the move pro-
cess is by helping the senior and
their family get their home ready for
sale. Realtors will often tell you to
“de-clutter” and “de-personalize”.
However, that does not mean that
everything should be placed in a
storage unit. Why spend the time,
energy and money on putting items
in storage if you don’t have to? It
makes more sense to develop a floor
plan which shows what you have
room for in the new home, which
will help you make sound deci-
sions about what to take. The rest
can go to family, get sold, donated
or removed.
Disposition of Contents
So what does happen to the
items that don’t make the move?
There are many options for the
disposition of contents not wanted
or needed by family. These include
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Sometimes the stress
of moving out of a family
home is hard on the adult
children too--it’s where
they grew up!
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