Why Move to a Retirement Home in Late Summer or Early Fall?
Published on July 22, 2022
Are you planning on moving to a retirement home soon? Late summer or early fall may be the best time to begin the moving process. While not all seniors have the luxury of making the move to a retirement community on their timeline, those that do can benefit greatly from planning their transition during the warmer months.
Moving can be stressful experience…but it doesn’t have to be! Whether you decide to pack your bags in the late Summer or Fall, there are plenty of reasons why either time may work best for you!
Why Summer Is a Great Time to Move to a Retirement Community
At first you might think that moving to a retirement community in the summer is a bad idea because it’s busy season for everyone. But that might actually be one of the main reasons why you should consider moving during the summertime! Family and friends will have more time to help as the days are longer and vacation time can be planned around the move.
Choosing late summer for your move has many advantages.
The Weather Is Great for a Move
The summertime brings warm temperatures throughout the day and evening, perfect conditions for moving furniture, boxes, and travelling. While late Summer can have high temperatures, there are days that offer the right weather conditions to be out and about.
It’s a Good Time to Sell Your Home
Summer sees more homebuyers looking for a place before the colder temperatures set in. Families are better prepared to house hunt and perform the actual move as this is the longest school break of the year. It also makes to easier for them to coordinate house showings and moving companies.
Longer Days Are an Advantage
During a move, time is precious. Summer provides ample time to work towards the move as the days are long, giving you more daylight to perform tasks. Having more time during the day to move all of their personal belongings is important for seniors because it won’t make them feel rushed to finish everything before nightfall.
More Opportunities for Outdoor Activities and Trips
Moving during the summertime gives you the opportunity to explore your new surroundings in nice weather. Many retirement communities have special outings and outdoor activities planned on a daily and weekly basis. This is the perfect time to meet new neighbours as you enjoy shared events such as festivals, sports games, farmer’s markets and of course barbeques!
Enjoy the Grounds and Landscape
Once you get settled into your new home, the summertime provides a wonderful opportunity to see the glorious landscape and gardens in your retirement community. Meeting new friends over a shared love of the outdoors or through joining a walking club can help make the transition easier. Many retirement communities are located near the centre of the city or town where safe walking trails are located.
Cooling and Maintenance of Retirement Communities
The hot summer heat can be dangerous for seniors, particularly if their home doesn’t have central air conditioning to keep the air temperature cool. Fans only blow the warm air around the home. One of the advantages to living in a senior community is that they have air conditioning and ventilation to filter out particles, allergens, and dirt. Spending the dogs days of summer in a well-ventilated air-conditioned building may even prevent severe heat-related health conditions.
Enjoy the Victory Garden
Retirement communities often provide vegetable gardens with fresh produce to enjoy. These gardens require seniors to care for them, just like they would care for their own vegetable gardens at home. Designed with raised garden beds, seating, and ergonomic tools, these gardens, like the V!VA Victory Garden, are another way to meet new friends. V!VA’s Red Seal executive chefs keep a keen eye on the garden for herbs and vegetables to incorporate into their meal plans.
Benefits of Moving to a Retirement Home in Early Fall
Moving to a retirement home in autumn can also provide a wide array of opportunities for seniors. The cool crisp air makes moving easier if the hot sun is too unbearable. Fall brings gorgeous colours of red, yellow, and orange to the earth’s landscape, creating a masterpiece setting of your new home.
Here are some of the main reasons for choosing fall for your move.
There’s Time to Settle Before the Holiday Season
Transitioning to a new home can be overwhelming at any time of the year. Getting settled before the rush of the Christmas holiday season is one of the major benefits of moving during the early fall. Having a chance to get your bearings, make your new space your own, and prepare for the holiday yourself can be better done with a fall move.
Better Prepared for Winter
The winter season can be a frightening time for many seniors, mainly because of the cold bitter temperatures and slippery conditions on the roads and walkways. Moving to a retirement community before winter weather sets in can greatly ease the anxiety of what is to come. These senior communities take over the responsibilities of maintaining heating, snow removal and salting, and they even provide buses for transportation. If you’re keeping your car, a community like V!VA Oakville has underground parking.
Better Moving Rates
As the fall sees children back in school and university students already settled, hiring movers may be less expensive as their business slows down. It is well known that the months of June, July, and August are considered peak times for movers and other related businesses. Prices tend to be lower after the busy summer season.
Move Comfortably Before Snowfall
In addition to being settled in preparation for the winter season, a fall move provides an opportunity to avoid travelling delays due to snow or ice storms. Early winter brings heavy snow, slush, and mud, all of which makes it hard to move furniture and boxes. Enjoy the first snowfall in the comfort of your new home surrounded by all of your favourite personal belongings and new friends.
About V!VA Retirement Communities
V!VA Retirement Communities is one of the best choices when you’re ready to move into a retirement home, and you can schedule a visit to see for yourself! Choose from communities in Barrhaven, Mississauga, Oakville, Pickering, Thornhill Woods, Whitby Shores, Meadowlands, and Waterside. Our communities offer independent and assisted living private suites designed to fulfill ultimate comfort.
As one of the few strong and successful privately-owned and independent developers in the senior living field, we offer quality care so each of our Members have an easier transition! Contact us today to learn more.