You have probably moved several times in your life. Perhaps as your family was growing, you moved to a bigger home. But now, if the kids are gone, you may be thinking of moving to a smaller house or heading to one of the senior communities popping up around Long Island. Be aware, getting there will definitely not be half the fun.
Sharone Ben-Harosh, founder of unpakt.com, a moving-services website, says for older adults, the move may be smaller, but it's often more complicated: "Instead of moving a lot of stuff, you see people who need a lot of services." Ben-Harosh's website allows consumers to compare prices from several moving companies. You also can get prices for extra services. For example, you can add the option to have all your electronics reconnected at your new home, add cleaning services to your move or have your furniture set up. The website is free.
You also can hire a senior move manager to coordinate all aspects of the move. Fees typically range from $2,500 to $5,000, but they can go higher, depending on the size of the move and the amount of extra services requested. (The fee doesn't include what the moving company charges.) Susan Danick, founder of TAD Relocation (helpseniorsmove.com), has handled scores of moves for seniors, primarily in the Washington, D.C., area. Danick makes sure your new home feels like home before you move in. "Everything is unpacked, set up, beds made, pictures hung, TVs, computers working," she says.
For more information about senior move consultants and a list of local move managers, go to the National Association of Senior Move Managers' website at nasmm.org.
As for when to schedule your move, both Danick and Ben-Harosh say timing is money. Ben-Harosh says the first day and the last three days of the month are typically more expensive and harder to book. "If you need to move at that particular four days, you'd better schedule it more than 45 days ahead of time," he says.
Danick notes that movers are typically the busiest and charge higher prices from May to August, when parents with young children try to relocate before the new school year. "With my seniors," Danick says, "I tell them to take advantage of moving from September to May because you don't have the restrictions of school getting in your way."