Tips for Seniors on Hiring a Moving Company

By: | April 5, 2017

Whether moving to be near grandchildren or relocating to live out your Golden Years by the sea, packing up your life is a stressful time. This is especially true for older adults who’ve lived in their house for many years.  However, keep in mind that moving away from “home” isn’t the end of an era, but the beginning of a new age. The best way to start off on the right foot is to let someone else do the heavy lifting. Here are a few things to consider when picking a mover.

Do they have experience moving seniors?

35.7 million Americans are expected to move this year, many in the 60+ crowd, who may require an extra-special caring hand when it’s time to pack up. There are a number of companies across the country that specialize in moving senior citizens. These companies go the extra mile by helping with the downsizing process and even hanging pictures and making beds on moving day. Expert tip: Avoid pop-up companies with little to no reputation.

Did the estimator take note of everything?

An inexperienced moving company may miss important items that you want brought with you, such as outdoor furniture or appliances. When looking over your quotes – you should have at least four – make sure the person giving you the price clearly lists every item you want moved. Walk the estimator through the property, including any outbuildings and storage closets with movable belongings. The moving manager can challenge the original estimate on moving day if they believe the amount of work needed to complete the move exceeds the original estimates. Expert tip: Skip over any company who cannot provide a US Department of Transportation Motor Carrier License number and local references.

Do you understand the estimate?

Your estimates will vary in price from company to company. Each company puts different valuations on different activities. If you have any questions, ask your estimator, who can provide insight on any costs that seems significantly higher than your other estimates. Some companies are more expensive because they offer more value-added services, such as blankets for large furniture. Expert tip: Many moving companies will work with you on price, especially when there is lots of competition so don’t be afraid to negotiate the contract.

Are they well recommended?

Sites such as Angie’s List are invaluable for gaining an understanding of the companies you’ve selected to price your move. Take the time to read through customer reviews for both positive and negative information that might impact your decision.

Special considerations when moving to an assisted care facility

If you’re ready to retire in style, there are few places better than a senior lifestyle community or upscale assisted living facility. These are not nursing homes and are often staffed with few medical providers, since seniors living here are usually fully capable of tending themselves. Assisted living centers offer the freedom to come and go as you please while allowing you to enjoy your free time with full service housekeeping and onsite dining options. Ask your mover if they have experience helping people move into these types of campuses. They may need to consider time-of-day moving so as not to interfere with center activities, stairs, elevators, and other obstacles not present in a single family home.

No matter where you choose to live, confirm with your mover their understanding of special items, such as medical equipment and precious family heirlooms. You don’t want to walk through your new front doors ill-prepared for your first night at home. Make sure your mover is prepared to have your belongings delivered on time and will clean up after themselves. Don’t forget to shop around and compare rates.

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