Senior Relocation Services – Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Senior Move Management?

The Senior Move Management Business is a newcomer to services to senior citizens.  It offers to it s clients many services in and around the activities of moving or aging in place.  The guiding principles are the reduction of Relocation Stress Syndrome for the seniors and their families.  It may begin with the decision by the prospective client to move from their current home to a home more suited to their needs, i.e. a retirement home, a continuing care community, as assisted living facility or often it may mean moving in with an adult child.  It ends with the move itself.

What areas we service:

  • Northern Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Washington DC
  • We do serve other areas, please give us a call

    What are some of the services offered?

    • Involve residents in the decision and planning process
    • Prepare an overall plan and timeline for move
    • Interview/schedule professional movers
    • Develop floor plan for new residence
    • Downsize existing home
    • Work with home sale stagers
    • Arrange donations to favorite charities
    • Arrange for long distance shipping and storage of household items not being moved to new home
    • Arrange for profitable disposal of items not needed using services of suction house, estate sale, consignment, eBay, or other services
    • Assist in the packing of belongings
    • Arrange for cleaning of vacant residence
    • Monitor/oversee movers
    • Settle clients in to new home by arranging furniture, unpacking, putting away items, shopping
    • Shop for new items for home
    • Help with redesign and or decorating advice and purchase of items.

    Is there a professional association for this industry that monitors and certifies the professionals and their activities?

    Senior Move Management is a new industry that responds to demographic trends in aging.  The National Association of Senior Move Management (NASSM) is recognized for its leadership in professionalizing and creating awareness of the industry.  SMMart is a training course for potential professionals and is based on the premise that NASMM membership is the cornerstone of developing a successful Senior Move Management Business.  Upon completion of the courses from SMMart, a professional can become Certifies as a Senior Mover Manager.

    Does Seniors Living Well help decide which residence to move to?

    No, usually the prospective client(s) and/or their families are in the process of deciding and the assistance from SLW can help with that decision, whether it be in Northern Virginia, the Washington Metro Area, or elsewhere.  We can provide a cost comparison sheet, and a free copy of a Retirement Retirement Guide Magazine with all Northern Virginia and local facilities listed. Size and availability may matter to the prospective client when a floor plan is provided from submitted communities.

    How do you charge for the services?

    An initial home visit / one-hour consultation is offered at no charge.   Professional services are offered at $ $ 85. / hour.

    What is Aging in Place?

    When a senior decides not to move but to stay at home, it is called Aging in Place.  This, while not requiring a move, does require some necessary services.

    What services will SLW provide to those who decide to Age in Place?

    With the help of a Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) SLW professionals will conduct a safety check of the home and give recommendations of safety modifications including such things as increased lighting, bathroom handrails, lever door knobs and at home safety devices/monitors.

    What is a CAPS?

    The Certified Aging in Place Specialist, certified by the National Home Builders Association, is most likely an interior designer, an architect, or contractor uniquely qualified to create supportive, livable environments for older persons that are functional, healthy and safe.  SLW works exclusively with those CAPS when downsizing a seniors home and creating the safe environment for them to stay at home.

    What is the definition of downsizing?

    Downsizing (or rightsizing) refers to the process of deciding which household items can be used again in the new home and then deciding how to dispose of the remaining items through sale, donation or other means.

    What is involved in the Floor Planning Process?

    Measure, measure, measure.  SLW professionals measure the new home since most floor plans are not drawn to scale, and then we measure the furniture that the client wants to take with them.  The result is a plan that will accommodate the furniture, point out the necessity of buying new pieces to replace pieces that will not fit, and laying out where each piece of furniture will go in the new home thus saving on moving anxiety and costs of moving items that won’t fit in the new home.