As Baby Boomers begin to retire, many are choosing to downsize to a simpler life. After their children leave the nest, many seek a more comfortable living environment as they enter senior-hood. Some opt to spend their retirement years living in a smaller home, retirement community, or with their adult children. This transition is often overwhelming and very stressful. With years of memories and accumulated “stuff” in their home, people simply don’t know where to begin. The good news is that there is help available.
From decluttering . . .
Senior Move Managers LLC, also dba Declutter Hawai‘i, was formed by Dan and Julie Ihara in October 2010. After years of servicing senior clients in their real estate business, they have created efficient, friendly tools that help seniors downsize their personal belongings. They’ve learned ways that help people de-clutter their homes and make decisions about their belongings. In January of 2011, they joined the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) as the first and only Senior Move Management firm in Hawai‘i. Dan’s niece, Cynthia Goya Arnold, is the Vice President of Operations and manages the day-to-day services for their clients. Since the inception, Senior Move Managers has helped dozens of clients move into retirement communities, condos, as well as helped clear out family estates.
“We’ve seen it all - from the vacant “hoarder home” to the everyday senior who has lived in the same home for 80 years. No job is too big or too small for us,” Dan says.
Senior Move Managers can also help with downsizing and de-cluttering homes to make them safer and more functional for those choosing to age in place. “Regardless of age, most people can use some help with de-cluttering,” Julie says. “We do everything possible to minimize stress for our clients.”
. . . to creating a fresh, new look again.
Senior Move Managers is bonded, insured and nationally certified with the NASMM. As such, the company provides a free consultation to determine its clients’ goals, and offers a “plan of attack” and a schedule to meet those goals. Each client receives customized services based on their situation. Other services include creating floor plans, coordinating vendors and setting up new homes.
“Our clients tell us that they enjoy the peace of mind knowing that we’re here to help with every aspect of their move,” Dan says. “We started this business to help families through an often challenging phase of life. As a local, family-owned and -operated business, we treat our clients like family.”
For more information, call Cynthia Arnold at 221-8345 or Dan Ihara at 256-7873, or visit their website at www.smmhawaii.com.