It occurs to us that – heck – if we’re going to either bring in a roommate to our home, or pack up and move in with another, why should we do it all ourselves? It’s stressful enough. Decisions to be made, belongings to be sorted, utilities to be turned on or off, change of address notifications to be sent – and on and on. Well, what about the next level of work and decision-making – how to arrange the furniture in your new place, how to get and stay organized in a whole new space and with different storage and room configurations?
We did a little research and found that there’s a whole level of service out there called “senior move managers.” We think the senior refers to top-level, not age – but no matter. Hiring a senior move manager may be what you need – not just for help with the workload, but for expertise that can save you time, work, and possibly money too. One such service we found is called Moving Mavins LLC, and their services include:
On the front end – getting ready to move:
- Help you sort your belongings
- Oversee the disposition of everything you decide to get rid of
- Help you find a reputable mover
- Manage your moving company for you – from contract signing through unpacking in your new digs
In your new place:
- Work out a floor plan for your new living space
- Unpack for you and arrange your furniture
- Set up all the working spaces and behind-the-scenes spaces: kitchens, bathrooms, closets, and drawers
- Hang pictures and window treatments
- Do all that time-consuming calling and paperwork to transfer utilities, send change of address notices, and update subscriptions
Costs for senior move managers can be hourly or flat fee; our advice is to ask for a first consultation. You should be provided this free of charge.
You could also seek out professional organizers, who can provide many of the services described above. Consult the National Association of Professional Organizers for member recommendations.