When you think of moving, you undoubtedly realize that it is a project. In this sense, you can think of move management services as being project management. If you have ever moved, you also know that moving is a process, so move management services include process management. A move manager’s role is to streamline the moving process and provide guidance and support along the way. The goal is to reduce both the emotional and physical stress that can accompany a move.
Keep in mind that not all move management companies or move managers are the same – some are more task oriented, operating more like movers, while others are relationship-oriented, organizing the move process around both the physical and emotional needs of the client.
Exceptional move managers are excellent at balancing both the client’s personal needs and goals with the physical tasks required for a successful and hassle-free move.
Below are a few of the tasks that may be associated with move management services:
Pre-move household preparations
Every move and every client is unique, but regardless of the home size or length of residency, there is always a sorting, organizing, thinning, and packing process that must take place in preparation for a move. A move manager can personally assist you in this process including:
- Determining the “must have” items, personal effects and furnishings that you intend to move
- Sorting through closets, cupboards, and other hiding places to determine what to keep, donate, sell, repurpose, or give away
- Labeling, listing, and staging items to be packed and moved
- Space planning for your new residence
- Coordinating donation pickups and deliveries as needed
This process can take a few hours, several days, or even a couple of months to complete.
Coordination of professional packing and moving services
A move manager will arrange for estimates from reputable vendors and assist you in securing these services. The cost of the actual mover is NOT typically included in the move management fee, but a good move management company will likely pass along discounts offered by preferred vendors.
Move day oversight and unpacking
Your move manager will meet the movers and oversee the loading and unloading process. Upon arrival at your new residence, essential items will be unpacked and put away according to your instructions. Bed(s) will be made, bathrooms will be equipped, and your coffee or tea pot readily available for use. Furniture will be positioned according to your preferences and empty boxes will be removed and discarded.
Following your move, the move manager will assist you with becoming settled into your new residence. This may mean emptying remaining boxes and putting items away, hanging pictures, arranging for utilities, and assisting with organizing various services offered at your new community. The resettling process may take one day or it could take two or more depending on the size of your new residence.
Liquidation of extra personal items
When downsizing, you will not likely be moving everything from your current home to your new place. A move management company offering a complete turn-key service will fully explore the potential options and help you determine which one best suits your goals.
A move manager can connect you with reputable service providers such as house cleaners, decorators, home contractors, organizers, etc.
Some move managers charge by the hour and others may offer project rates. Fees may vary based on the overall expectations and needs of the client. Naturally, the size of the move (quantity of stuff), home configuration (one level or multiple level residence), geographic location, and location of new residence (ground floor or upper floors) also make a difference. Hourly rates usually range from $50-$90 per hour and may depend on how many team members are required for the job. Project fees associated with moving from an average sized home (1200 to 2500 sq ft) into a one or two bedroom apartment might range from $1000 to as high as $3500. When moving from house to house with little downsizing involved, the fee is likely to be higher due to the amount of unpacking and reorganizing involved. A portion of the move management fee may be reimbursed by senior living communities when offering leasing incentives.
For more information about the complete turn-key move management services offered by OKC Mature Moves, call 405-563-7101 today!
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