Updated: Jan 28, 2021

With the start of a new year, many people are thinking about whether a move to a senior community for themselves or their parents is the right thing to do. As a company that specializes in senior move management, we understand the immensity of this decision.

Because a move is stressful and complex, A Bridge Forward is teaming up with two other professional move partners to host a virtual seminar for those considering a move to senior living. The seminar will feature:

  • Lisa Haynes, owner of A Bridge Forward and member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers

  • Annie Jurczyk, a realtor from Keller Williams who is certified in working with seniors

  • Luke Kazmierczak, general manager of Mr. Mover, a premier Milwaukee area moving company that is a preferred mover for many greater Milwaukee area senior communities.

In the one-hour seminar, we will provide insider information and tips on the entire move process – from getting ready to put a house on the market to unpacking and settling in. We will share real world experiences that help make a move less overwhelming and hopefully save participants money along the way too. Moving is a physical and emotional challenge, so every best practice that you can incorporate will make it easier for you and your family.

To sign up for this free seminar, click here:

We hope to see you virtually on February 3.

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  • lisa1372

The new year means a new home for our client, Shirley, who will move from her 3-bedroom home to a newly remodeled apartment in a nearby senior community.

As is the case with many of our clients prior to a move, Shirley is apprehensive about the change. The Bridge Forward team, though, is working alongside her to make the move as stress free as possible.

We began the move process in December when a Bridge Forward move manager met with Shirley and her daughter to go through each room of her house and identify which pieces of furniture she would move. We then created a floor plan for the new apartment to make sure the furniture selections would work.

The next step was to contact several movers for price quotes. Because good movers book up quickly, we wanted to reserve the move date before the holidays. With our guidance, Shirley selected her mover and locked in the moving date.

Even though she would move in mid January, Shirley and her daughter were able to relax over the holidays knowing that the Bridge Forward moving team had a schedule in place to ensure the work would get done on time.

The first week in January, the Bridge Forward team spent three afternoons with Shirley going through each room in the house to determine which items she would move and which would be donated to friends, family or charitable organizations. All items to be donated were packed up and delivered to their new homes.

With COVID-19 safety protocols in place, We packed and successfully moved Shirley the second week of the month.

Even with strong family support, Shirley and her daughter realized they needed extra sets of hands to accomplish the move. Downsizing, in particular, is an emotional process and an objective, third party often helps a family accomplish this challenging task.

If you or a family member is considering a move this year, A Bridge Forward offers free consultations and price quotes based on your specific needs. We are bonded, insured and a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers.

Learn more at: or call 414-731-1608.

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  • lisa1372

At its best, moving is highly stressful. While it won’t eliminate all of the stress, a good plan and careful packing will help reduce it. At A Bridge Forward, our teams are experienced in helping clients navigate the complexities of a move. Here are our 10 top tips for a successful move:

1. Set a moving date and create a plan: To set yourself up for a successful move, begin with a written plan and timeline. Start with your move date and work backwards. Make sure to include time for clearing out and decluttering before you start to pack. Call the movers early to schedule your date. During busy moving seasons, the moving companies book up quickly.

2. Talk to at least 3 movers to obtain moving estimates. You will need to provide a complete list of the items you will be moving and an estimated number of boxes. Be sure to ask about their charges for travel time to and from your home. Also, it’s important to ask about and understand insurance coverage. In some cases, we recommend that clients purchase additional insurance for their belongings.

3. Declutter, declutter, declutter. Moving is expensive and everything you move adds to the cost. The best time to get rid of things you do not use is now. Sort through and donate books, extra dishes and kitchen items, out-of-date clothing and shoes, unloved household décor, excess linens/towels and surplus household maintenance/cleaning products. Start early and tackle one area of the house at a time.

4. Obtain plenty of packing boxes, wrapping paper and bubble wrap. You can find online calculators that estimate how many boxes you will need. It is almost certain that you will need more boxes than you expect, especially small boxes. Most packing material suppliers will take back anything that you don’t use. Most movers supply wardrobe boxes for your hanging clothes which means they can be moved on their hanger. Be sure ask if there is a charge for this service.

5. Use good quality materials and mark boxes clearly, including “Fragile, Do Not Stack” on boxes with especially fragile items. All boxes must have lids and be taped shut.

6. Start packing early – Depending on your timeline, begin by packing 3 to 4 boxes a day. Packing takes more time than many people anticipate so getting head start should help you avoid a last-minute crunch.

7. Have a plan for your valuables and important papers. During the move, it is best if they are in a safety deposit box or with a trusted relative or friend for safe keeping.

8. Plan ahead for items you will need for the first couple of days in your new home. Transport anything you need ready access to with you in your car including prescriptions.

9. Have everything packed including artwork, lamps and

10. bedding so that you are 100% ready when the movers arrive. They will work quickly and may have questions so you won’t have time to pack last minute things once they are on site.

11. Know where everything is going to be placed in your new home ahead of time. A floor plan helps the movers know where to place the furniture, saving them time and you money.

Need help? Contact a senior move manager. Experienced senior move managers have the expertise to help clients prepare for a home transition as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Bonded * Insured* Member National Association of Senior Move Managers

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