Move Management is an even newer industry then Home Staging. As we stated in section about the history Home Staging, when I would tell people what I do, I would always garner the response, “What it Home Staging?” Now that most know what Home Staging is, when I say we also offer Move Management Services, I get that same question, “What it Move Management?” We find the education cycle starting all over again. A&E has begun bring attention to a disease know as Hoarding. As Senior Move Managers we not only deal with Hoarders, but we work with all clients who are “right-sizing” to begin their next phase of life, whether it is for choice or due to an illness.
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) really deserves the credit for bring this industry to the forefront of people’s minds! In the late 90’s, a few inspired people around the country began helping older adults move from their homes into independent and assisted living facilities. Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC’s) also began surfacing. Some still chose to move into apartments and other living arrangements. These senior move managers, as they called themselves, worked on growing their businesses. They would sort, pack client’s personal possessions, space plan the new location, hang pictures, organizing estate and tag sales, and distribute goods to charities and adult children. After surfing the internet a group of people discovered one another. Each realized there were others who shared their passion for transitioning older adults.
In October 2002, 22 high-spirited individuals from 16 companies came together as strangers in Arlington, VA to discuss developing a professional association specifically designed for the senior move industry. With a lot of story sharing and intense, hard work, the result was the formation of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). These 22 founding members crafted a mission statement for the new organization and identified all the various tasks required to transform their ideas into reality. The founding members’ shared the vision and began to form a single, compelling identity, NASMM.
In November 2003, NASMM’s Board and members proudly hosted its first convention. It was a defining moment. Sixty-five people from 48 senior move companies assembled in suburban Philadelphia for a weekend of professional education and networking. Needless to say, more stories were told, more laughs were shared and colleagues soon became friends.
Since that time, conference participation has grown to over 500 attendees. NASMM’s Annual Conference is held in various locations. Dragon Design, LLC is a Circle of Excellence member and we’ve spoken at multiple conventions about the concept of partnering with Home Staging companies and incorporating them into an existing Move Management business plan. It has been exciting for our Company and we receive many referrals as a result!
NASMM now has nearly 700 Senior Move Management companies throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Slowly, the Move Management industry is coming to light as well. NASMM will continue to grow and flourish as it assumes an increasingly larger role in shaping the future of the senior relocation industry.