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50 plus relocation

March 2013

Moving on

Things that would have been easy when we were in our 20s or 30s can become much more difficult the further we are into later life.

Take moving, for instance. With only a few treasured possessions and bags of energy, moving house when we were young was fairly straightforward.

Now, as we age, sometimes the whole idea of moving can become a real hurdle. Most people have accumulated a number of possessions which have great sentimental value; often children have left bits and pieces behind. Then we have clothes from our younger days that we know we will never wear again but somehow can’t take that final step of throwing them away.

For many reasons moving, the older one is, is a great deal more challenging.

So it is good news that this fact has now been recognised by two enterprising women who have set up a special company to help the over 50s relocate.

The idea was the brainchild of Somerset resident Catherine Nightingale, who has had extensive experience in estate agency and property development as well as professional involvement in teaching adults.

Through her time in real estate, Catherine became aware of the worries and concerns of older people when they considered moving - and finally decided to do something about it.

Along with a colleague she has set up 50+ Relocation, a special home to home relocation service.

“Our research shows that of the 20 million people who are currently over 50, around half of these are considering downsizing within the next three years,” she said. “Of these, nearly two thirds say they are anxious about moving. A surprisingly high number have been in their homes for 20 or 30 years or more, so a move is going to be a shock to the system.”

Catherine set up the company nearly three years ago and a year ago, after steady success and growth, it became a full limited company. She says the idea of move managers is already well established in America and is now beginning to take off here in the UK.

50+ Relocation say they will act like surrogate adult children or a best friend.

“Today, children are so often really busy with their own lives, or live to far away to be able to give a great deal of help,” said Catherine. “ Our clients make all the decisions, but we are there to offer all the support and help needed to make a move as pain free and easy as possible. Moving is a long term process and we are happy to help on every step of the journey.”

This can include every aspect from initial planning to de-cluttering for auction or charity, assisting with the sale of a home; sourcing or liaising with removal companies and solicitors; sorting out the services and final packing right through to cleaning the new home and helping to move in. They even provide a welcome pack for the new home which includes a hot meal and the beds made up.

They offer a fully personal service that can include as much or as little help as you feel you might need with the main objective of making moves stress free and easy.

Employing a move manager is a new concept that is proving to be a real success and also surprisingly affordable.

“We are a totally bespoke service and really happy to offer clients a free first hour consultation to talk aspects through and see if and what they need in the way of support and help,” said Catherine.

50+ Relocation is a full member of the established American organisation:


and can be contacted on:
Tel: 07849 457401 or 01278 653406


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