With increased isolation coupled with slower housing sales, many seniors decide to hunker down for the winter and consider a move in the spring.
As such, most winter moves to retirement residences occur due to a crisis or a desire to live closer to the family.
Interestingly enough, we’ve been told on more than one occasion, “I don’t want to move in the winter; I remember moving and it’s so difficult!” To which we remind our clients, you won’t be the one who is physically moving. Oftentimes, you can help to arrange the move; and then when moving day comes, you can go out for lunch and return home to your new place, which will be all set up and ready for you!
Each year, spring brings new beginnings—and this is especially true for seniors looking to move.
Whether they stayed home this year or are Snowbirds who just returned, people who move in the spring have often had a difficult “last-straw” type of winter.
Moreover, with housing sales starting to pick up in spring, oftentimes the combination makes for a good moving situation.
Snowbirds are just returning home and, unfortunately, many find out that this is the year that they will have to give up travelling. Perhaps things did not go as planned; the trip might have been all around harder on them.
Additionally, many are coming home in spring to a list of chores. Repairs need to be done on the house—and sometimes this alone leads people to start discussing making a move.
When families are looking to move in the spring, they often contact us in winter to inform us of their plans. We often ask families to contact us in February so we can begin the search process. This way, we are ahead of the crowd and can secure just the suite they are looking for, a few months prior to moving.
“One more summer in the house!”
We hear this all the time from our clients. They’ve made it to summer when there is a lot of green, sunshine, and everything is a lot easier to accomplish. Why would they want to move now?
Regardless of how well houses are selling, many seniors we’ve worked with have fought tooth and nail to stay in their homes over the summer—preferring to start looking in the fall for a retirement residence.
A piece of advice we offer clients who wish to stay in their home over the summer? Plan. Do whatever you can to stay safe and avoid a “crisis move” in the fall. Perhaps that means getting an emergency pendant, or even some home care to assist with meals and housekeeping.
“I can’t do another winter like last year.”
This is the most common phrase we hear during the fall months. Flashbacks creep in regarding how hard things were the previous year.
At Tea and Toast, we’ve seen many clients start to dread winter in the fall. Many create a mental checklist of what they couldn’t do the previous year and ponder if it’s time to move. For example:
Are they heading south this year?
Were they able to get groceries in the winter?
Were they bored staying inside most days?
What do their children think?
Is there a better, easier way?
With housing sales still in good shape, many seniors decide that fall is the best time to move. However, many wait until it’s almost winter, so they can enjoy the rest of the good weather while in their homes.
Just as in spring, we always suggest you search in the summer for a fall move. Spring and fall are the two busiest times of year and require a little bit of an edge to get exactly what you are looking for!