Move Management

4 Ways a Move Manager Helps You Downsize and Prepare for What's Next

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Whether you are a senior family member who needs the help of assisted living or a baby boomer who is ready to downsize into a smaller home, the task of moving can be stressful. Often times, you've lived in your home for decades, meaning that the amount of stuff you have can be more than you want to deal with, causing more anxiety and stress. That's where move managers come into the picture. Specially trained to help ease clients into the transition of moving into a smaller home, assisted living facility, retirement community or condo, move managers are there every step of the way to ensure a smooth experience for the client and their family. Here are four ways a move manager helps you downsize and prepare for what's next.

1. Knowing Where to Start

If you or a loved one have lived in a home for quite some time, the idea of going through all of the belongings can be a daunting task. Often times, knowing where to begin can be the first hurdle. A move manager is trained to guide you through all areas of the home, so that no space is left untouched. They help you take stock of what you have, so that you can get organized for your move. In having someone to guide you through the home, you're more able to stay focused and not get lost in all of your things.

2. Staying Focused

It can be difficult to avoid getting lost in the memories when you're attempting to go through your belongings. A move manager is there to help you stay focused during the process of going through your items. They help you decide what you want to keep and what you can get rid of, so that you or your family member can transition successfully. You most likely will not be able to take all of your belongings with you to your new home, especially if you are downsizing into a smaller space, so having someone there to help you stay focused on the task at hand is essential. Although clients have final word on what stays and what goes, a move manager is there to help the client figure it all out.

3. Doing the Heavy Lifting

It can be hard for seniors or some baby boomers to pack, move and unpack all of their things. That's where a move manager gets involved. Their team assists with the heavy lifting, so that the client can focus on settling into life in their new home. The move manager and their team also:

  • Review the new home's floorplan

  • Decide where all of the furniture and belongings will fit

  • Unpack the items and help the client settle in

  • Help the client with their transition

Having a move manager and their team to help guide you or a loved one through this difficult and time-consuming process can help ease stress levels and promote a positive environment for the move.

4. Providing Emotional Support

One of the most important jobs of a move manager is to provide support to the client and their family throughout the transition. It can be difficult for anyone to leave a place where they've made memories, but a move manager can provide emotional support during this time to help ease the transition and help the client focus on the future.

Transition Options for Aging Parents

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Aging is a natural part of life, which we should all embrace and appreciate. Sometimes, it may seem that aging brings along new challenges, but with these challenges, there are new opportunities to grow and learn. What may have been easy a few years ago is proving to be more difficult now, which may mean that a transition to a smaller home or a specialized community may be a step that you or your parent will need to take in the future. Here are some of the best transition options for aging parents.

Condos & Retirement Communities

Downsizing from a large home to something a bit more manageable is desirable for many. After all, having to clean a house, maintain the yard and clear away snow can just be too difficult after a while, and once the kids have all left the nest, a house can start to be too much. Retirement communities are perfect for those who are active and wish to remain that way, as these communities typically have various amenities, including:

  • Fitness classes

  • Special events

  • Card games

  • Social hours

  • Golf & tennis (in some communities)

The options to stay active and social are endless, making this a top choice for many active older adults. A big perk of these communities is that most lawn and home maintenance is taken care of, since a lot of the ongoing maintenance of a home can start to become more challenging with age. Moving into a condo means a smaller area to clean and maintain. Another benefit is that many retirement communities are filled with new friends with similar interests, helping to keep up an active social life.

In-Home Care

For those who wish to remain in the home, but are finding that some everyday tasks are becoming too much, in-home care may be an option. In-home care professionals are able to be there for support, companionship and peace of mind, and they can also help with exercise, diet and nutrition. In-home care professionals make wonderful companions, helping aging parents stay active and social, while staying where they are comfortable.

Assisted Living

We may feel a little anxious when we hear the term 'assisted living' but in all actuality, the variety of assisted living centers are many. These range from accommodating residents who are very active to those who need a bit more help. Assisted living centers provide a great way to stay active with a multitude of activities available, and help is always just around the corner if needed. There's better nutrition and less stress, making this both a positive and safe environment.

Making a Transition

Whether you're seeking options for yourself or an aging parent, know that there are places available that cater to older adults, and based on your needs, there's a place out there that can work for you. From active communities to in-home care, smaller homes to assisted living centers, making the transition can be a positive process that can help make life a little easier and less stressful.

Top Moving Mishaps and How to Avoid Them

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Let's face it...moving isn't everyone's cup of tea and just the thought of all of the packing, sorting, bubble wrapping and unpacking can cause anxiety in many. In life, there will be times where moving is inevitable, especially for those who are considering downsizing into a smaller home, condo or even an assisted living facility. It's important to keep in mind that while this can be a stressful time, a lot of stress can be avoided by going about your move the right way and avoiding some common mistakes. Here are some of the top moving mishaps and how to avoid them.

Not Having a Plan

When you're planning a move, whether it's a small move or a sizable downsize, you'll need to formulate a plan in order to be successful. This plan includes a realistic timeline of your move, who will help you with packing, sorting, moving and unpacking, what moving companies (if any) will be involved and where all of the items will go. This is where many people fall short with their moves, because they don't sit down and write out a plan. Get your plan together by first figuring out how much time you have to move and what resources you already have available. This can be companies that you have researched and are ready to hire or friends and family who have offered to help.

Not Organizing Your Belongings

One of the most crucial steps in the moving process is figuring out what you're going to do with all of your belongings. You'll need to go through your things prior to moving day and decide what can be:

  • Kept

  • Donated

  • Sold

  • Thrown away

In doing this, you'll be able to stay on top of your plan and keep organized throughout the process. In failing to organize your belongings before you move, not only will you spend more time packing extra things, you'll also spend more time unpacking them and trying to find a place for them in your new residence. Stay organized in your efforts. Go through your home room-by-room and sort through all of your things. Although it may seem like a daunting task, it must be done prior to moving day to ensure a smooth transition.

Going At It Alone

Thinking that you can do it all by yourself is a recipe for disaster. Having to sort through all of your belongings, pack them, move them, unpack them and find new places for the items can be quite the challenge. It's helpful to enlist the help of professionals to help lighten the load and ease the burden of your move. Having a team behind you helps your move go more smoothly and keeps stress levels at bay.

Remember, moving can be challenging for everyone, but in sticking to some helpful tips, you'll be able to get the most out of your move and enjoy your new space. Limit stress and save time with a proper plan in place and good people behind you who can help you transition into your new home with ease.