What Exactly is Move Management?

Move Management is the profession that assists adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation.  When working with seniors, Professional Move Managers frequently assist individuals who choose to stay in their own homes, but simply require expert organizational skills and solid knowledge of “aging in place” concepts to help them achieve their goal of … not moving anywhere, but improving quality of life!

Some Move Management professionals have backgrounds in gerontology, social work, health care, nursing and psychology, others come to this industry from the corporate world of project management, technology, accounting or marketing. Those Move Managers who specialize in working with seniors require a profound commitment to connecting with older adults and a desire to perform meaningful work.  The services offered depend upon the Move Manager but a sampling of those services can be found in Available Services.  Some Move Managers provide these services directly while others function in more of an oversight or management role.

What are the real benefits of Move Management services?

  • Professional  Move Managers have significant expertise in resources and approaches that save money, reduce stress and produce quality results. 
  • Services are client-centered and personalized to meet the client’s needs and preferences. Families, particularly, should never doubt the power of an outside expert!
  • National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) members are reviewed for insurance and experience requirements prior to acceptance.
  • Ongoing educational programs reflect the NASMM commitment to professionalism
  • NASMM has developed a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for all members.

Why is Senior Move Management needed now and not twenty years ago?

The numbers tell the story. The U.S. population aged 65 and over will jump nearly 80 percent when the Baby Boom generation retires (from 2010 to 2030). By 2030, the Adults 65+ will account for one-fifth of the total U.S. population.  Many families are geographically dispersed.  Adult children are often not able to help with the moving process due to distance, career and family obligations.  Adult children are leading busier, professional lives. Oftentimes Adult Children have the desire to help but their busy lives combined with family obligations result in a conflict between wanting to help but being unable to help.  Older adults making a transition have usually not moved in 30, 40 or 50 years and need to downsize considerably. The organizational and physical tasks associated with planning and implementing such a complex move can be overwhelming for the entire family. Seek the help of experienced, insured professionals and call a Professional Move Manager.

How much do these services cost?

It’s virtually impossible to calculate what a specific move might cost, as the fee can vary considerably by geographic region and the services requested.  Move Managers will always outline the cost of a job through a written estimate before you are required to submit payment.  Most Move Managers offer a menu of services from which you can choose and you pay accordingly. The ultimate goal of this industry is to ease the stress of the move process for older adults and family members, not add to your concerns.

How are Move Managers different from a moving company? 

Move Managers provide a multi-faceted approach to the move process: from space planning in the beginning to post-move support and advocacy.  Move Managers minimize the chaos and stress associated with moving by addressing all aspects of the move process. They are responsible to for creating and executing a seamless action plan, customized to the client’s wishes.

Move Managers do so much more than simply sort, settle and move boxes; with loads of energy, enthusiasm and experience,  Move Managers take the worry (and work!) out of the move process.