Would you use a senior move manager?

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Regular readers of this post know that my father is selling the family home and looking for a new place to live. Since he’s still able to live independently, he’s been resistant to the higher costs associated with assisted living or supportive living communities. He probably will rent an apartment or a town home to keep his independence as long as he can.

Getting the house ready for market has been a struggle for him, for personal reasons and because his resistance to declutter and stage the home to make it more marketable.

The decisions he has to make concerning what he wants to keep, what he wants to pass along to family members and what he should sell or donate aren’t easy ones. He’s spent a lifetime accumulating these possessions.

Doing triage in deciding what stays and what goes will become a more immediate need once the house sells and he knows the floor plan of his new home, but I’ve been encouraging him not to wait until he gets an offer on the house to start making these decisions.

In my researching the topic, I came across a professional organization called the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). The organization was founded in 2002, and has as its mission, ” … to facilitate the physical and emotional aspects of relocation for older adults, to increase industry awareness, to establish a national referral network, to enhance the professional competence of members and to promote the delivery of our services with compassion and integrity. The NASMM site also has a complimentary Guide to Rightsizing and Relocation available to download.

All general members of NASMM have to meet strict vetting requirements before being approved and must agree to follow the organization’s code of ethics as well as to submit to oversight and guidance from the NASMM Ethics Compliance Commission. There are over 800 general members.

Beyond the standards set for its general members, NASMM developed an independent, nonprofit accrediting body to accredit senior move managers. Since the accreditation process is so new (2013), there are only 22 firms that currently are accredited and listed on the website. We haven’t decided yet whether to call a NASMM member firm to help my father with his move. I’ll keep you posted.

If you’ve moved as a senior, what were the hardest parts of that process?

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