The move management industry has evolved greatly since it’s inception approximately 20 years ago. Move Managers are professionals trained in working with people, in particular seniors, who are transitioning to a new phase of their lives either via downsizing and moving to new accommodations or aging in place. Move managers help their clients navigate the emotional, physical and logistical challenges of making stage of life transitions. They help manage the preparation for and logistics of a move: including sorting, organizing, coordinating and overseeing move related logistics, and managing the dispersal of additional items that the person moving no longer needs either to friends or family, donation, or disposal as required.
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Three helpful things to understand when selecting a move management partner include:
When shopping around for a move management partner you should be looking out for certain industry designations and experience i.e. members of The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), or members of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). NASMM members have undertaken training in working with seniors and their families to help them smoothly transition as stress free as possible. Professional organizers are typically more focused on helping clients get organized and declutter prior to a move but some also assist with move planning and execution. The lines between the two professions are sometimes blurred.
Beyond credentials, the most important thing to look for when seeking a move management partner is “fit”. These professionals are going to be helping you sort and organize a lifetime worth of personal belongings and it can be a very emotionally sensitive time, so you want to be comfortable with the partner you choose to work with on this process. Always make sure you feel in control and are not feeling pressured. It’s your transition and you should be able to make the journey at the pace that’s right for you.
In terms of pricing, in the Greater Toronto Area you should expect to pay anywhere from around $75-$90/person/hr. for these services. In less densely populated areas, you can expect rates of around $65/person/hr. Some companies offer their services in “packages” i.e. a half day introductory sort, or full day segments to allow you to try out the service and get a sense of the value that is being offered while others charge hourly.
Hiring trained professionals to help with the transition process pays off not only in terms of efficiency, but also stress reduction which is equally critical for maintaining good health.