What is Senior Move Management?

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Home Stager with Transition Stage LLC

What is Senior Move Management?

 

Very briefly, senior move managers assist older adults with the physical and emotional aspects of relocating their homes. Since this usually occurs at a time when the client has been living in the same place for decades, it includes the sometimes difficult emotional process of sorting through and downsizing considerably before packing up and moving on.

 

Moving Truck       Elderly Couple

http://www.flickr.com/photos/idogcow/157552710/                                   http://www.flickr.com/photos/78428166@N00/3840158267/

 

Senior move managers can help with:

  • The decision process surrounding furniture and other belongings
  • Choosing and working with a mover
  • Packing for the move
  • Unpacking and setting up the new home - so it feels like home right away

 

While doing these very tangible tasks, senior move managers also provide emotional support as they

  • Listen carefully to the client's wants and needs
  • Honor the life and experience of the client when sorting through belongings and memories
  • Help the client's adult children understand that the client has the final say
  • Help the client's adult children with tasks that may be emotionally difficult between the generations

 

In my next blog posts, I'll go into more detail on how the types of services that senior move managers provide helps both clients and their families.

 

What is Senior Move Management?

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Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Judy, Thanks for sharing that information. Have you looked into the NAR desigantion SRES? Just curious.

November 27, 2010 03:01 PM #1
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Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

Judy:  Clients of mine recently bought a condo from seniors who were moving to a seniors residence.  I know they needed help and did not have children around them to do the work.  It was a busy time so I lost track of those Sellers but they did get out on time.  More and more there is going to be a need for your business and talents.  I bet the key element is patience.  Thanks for the information.  VZ

November 27, 2010 03:08 PM #2
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Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Charles - Thanks - I have just become aware of that designation and will be looking at it here in CT. It really looks like a good fit with what I do.

November 27, 2010 03:09 PM #3
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Hi Judy, you're filling a huge void, one that will grow larger in the years to come. I learned some years back that I enjoy working with Seniors--I think being able to slow down and be patient are necessary traits--and learned some good information from my SRES classes. Wishing you the best,

November 27, 2010 03:47 PM #4
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Renee Marrs Caperton
Century 21 Marrs & Associates - Corsicana, TX
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate

Great Job!  Moving is stressful for everyone but especially hard on the elderly.  Some are giving up their lifetime of memories in their homes where they have raised their kids!

November 27, 2010 09:15 PM #5
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Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Valerie - Thanks for sharing your experience. It's true - there are many situations where seniors and/or their adult children need help with moving, or even with readying a home for aging in place. Patience is a big part, along with a pronounced affinity and liking for seniors.

November 28, 2010 08:06 AM #6
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Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Lottie - There IS a unique enjoyment that comes from working with seniors, isn't there? Good tip about the SRES classes. I've been doing a little bit of research about that just recently, and will be learning more in the coming weeks. Thanks for your good wishes!

November 28, 2010 08:08 AM #7
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Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Renee - Oh yeah!  Moving is very stressful for just about everyone, but compound that with a growing frailty or illness, no relatives nearby able (or willing) to help, and it becomes a truly awful ordeal for many seniors. Thanks very much for your comment.

November 28, 2010 08:11 AM #8
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Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
CNE - ASP - SRES .... Uxbridge Ontario Real Estate

Judy - dealing with seniors is a challenging yet rewarding aspect of our business ..... on occasion you are dealing with family who are more interested in what is best for them rather than what is best for the senior member of their family. ..... but on most occassions the family really appreciates the input we provide from our experiences in dealing with seniors.

November 28, 2010 04:32 PM #9
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Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Kathy - I couldn't agree more!  It's a good feeling to be able to support the senior in any way I can. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts here.

November 28, 2010 11:06 PM #10
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Ginny Gorman
Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
Judy, i work with seniors alot and i believe your service is definitely in need in ri...will watch your series..thanks
November 29, 2010 07:35 AM #11
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Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Ginny - Yes, it seems as though quite a few elderly people are under-served with regard to these types of services. Thanks - more coming later today!

November 29, 2010 08:53 AM #12
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393

Hi Judy - great post.  I know Charles in comment #1 mentioned the SRES designation --- maybe those Realtors with the designation in your market area could be a great target for a marketing campaign.  Hope you have a great 2011!

December 08, 2010 12:14 AM #13
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Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Michael - Great idea! I'll definitely make that a goal for early 2011!  I wish you a fabulous new year as well.

December 08, 2010 06:02 AM #14
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