Planning Your MoveTo An Independent Living Community
Once you’ve made the decision to move to a maintenance-free independent living community, it’s time to start planning your move. With some basic preparation, you can minimize stress and make for a smooth transition to your new home.
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The following tips can help you proceed with confidence as you get ready to move, allowing you to settle in and start enjoying active, carefree retirement living as quickly as possible.
- Make a written plan and timeline.
Experts suggest using a binder to store all the information that’s pertinent to your move. Keep all your notes, to-do lists and deadlines in this one place. When making to-do lists, start with your move-in date and work backwards to know how much time you’ll have to allocate to each task. You can also store important papers, contact information and receipts in your binder so that nothing gets lost in the shuffle of packing and moving.
- Decide what’s moving with you.
Starting with the floor plan and measurements from your new independent living apartment, determine which larger items will fit in your new space. Then, depending on the size difference between your residences, you may need to downsize. Most retirees move into a smaller space – and love it because they’re no longer cleaning and maintaining a home larger than they need. However, we understand it’s not always easy to downsize your belongings. Set aside plenty of time to sort, organize and make a decision about everything you’re bringing to your new residence.
- Allow time to let go.
Unless circumstances require you to move in a hurry, make sure you give yourself enough time to process this life change. Even when you’re excited about the move, you may be feeling a whirlwind of emotions along the way. Making any big change can be difficult, including moving away from a place where you’ve built a lot of memories. Oftentimes, people find it easiest to start packing items that don’t have sentimental value. You may also feel a little nervous about the transition to your new place. Give yourself time and permission to work through those feelings and continue to remind yourself of the benefits you’ll be reaping from the move: fewer household chores, more time with friends and an abundance of opportunities to create your ideal future.
- Pave the way for a smooth transition.
You can get a head start in feeling comfortable at your new independent living community with a few easy steps. Ask your sales counselor to introduce you to staff and residents or join them for a meal. If possible, attend any community events leading up to your move so you can get to know your future neighbors. Some communities have resident ambassadors or welcoming committees who can answer your questions, introduce you to other residents and help you start integrating into community life early – so that when you do move in, you’ll already feel at home.
Park Creek – A Carefree, Active Independent Living Community
When you take the time to plan ahead and find the right independent living community, it truly makes all the difference. The many benefits of living at Park Creek can help upgrade your lifestyle while at the same time downsizing all of your chores and maintenance. When you make the decision to move in, you’ll find everything you want and need for a happy, active lifestyle – not to mention less stress and more time to enjoy it all with ease.