Q. What advice do you have for a family looking to hire a Senior Move Manager?
A. When confronted with the time and costs of downsizing the family home, a Senior Move Manager may seem like an unnecessary expense. However, when you consider the physical, emotional, and logistical demands of such a project, not to mention the time involved, hiring a professional experienced in the care of older adults during this often difficult process may make financial sense. We will move you or your loved one expertly, compassionately, and affordably.
Q. What important information should older adults have thought through before seeking a Senior Move Manager?
A. A decision to downsize and move into smaller quarters is not an easy one. Whether you plan to move next week or next year, give us a call and set up a free consultation. Depending on your particular needs, we will suggest the steps to take to accomplish your desired result. Then we’ll put together a plan and a timeline that fits within your budget. We will manage any or all the details of the move until you are settled and comfortable in your new home. We know this move can be very stressful. Our aim is to reduce your anxiety and be a calming force from our initial meeting until the job is done.
Q. What questions should I ask to hire the right Senior Move Manager?
A. There are many tasks involved in a senior move. Professionals of all kinds are often required for differents aspects of the project be they real estate agents, painting and home repair contractors, landscapers, appraisers, estate sale professionals, auctioneers, shipping companies, packing crews, movers, and cleaning services. A Senior Move Manager should have a network of professional relationships to call upon so that you don’t have to deal with interviewing and screening all the players on the team.
Q. How does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Our mission at Organize and Downsize is to serve our valued clients with patience, compassion, friendship and good humor during a bittersweet transition. As we sort through family keepsakes and treasured possessions, memories are sparked and stories recalled. Listening is a big part of what we do. We are prepared to capture those memories, if desired, in photo albums–either physical or digital–of treasures that must be relinquished or old photographs that need to be organized. We are committed to the comfort and well-being of our clients throughout the transition down to the last detail.
Q. As a potential customer, what should I know about your trade?
A. Abby Rosenblum, owner of Organize and Downsize, is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. NASMM members specialize in helping older adults and their families with the daunting process of downsizing and moving to a new residence. Members are bound by a pledge of integrity, committed to safety and ethics, and dedicated to continued professional development. For more information, please check out nasmm.org
Q. What questions do prospective clients most commonly ask you?
A. One question that usually comes early in conversations with our clients is “How much will it cost?”
Each move is different. Downsizing costs are determined by factors such as the size of the residences, the amount of household goods, the resale value of items to be disbursed, the number of services needed, and distance between the previous and new home. We are able to estimate the cost after our initial consultation. We work within your budget to provide the services you desire.