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8 Expert Tips for Planning a Move During the Winter Months

People don’t generally associate the winter months as a prime time for moving. Between the cold, the few hours of daylight and the mess of slush, snow and sleet, it’s a time of year that seems more suited for hibernating than for home-moving. However, this time of year can actually be an excellent time to make a move, especially if you’re moving to a senior living community.

“Many people think moving to a senior living community is out of the question during the months of November and December because of holidays and the difficulty of dealing with winter weather,” says Jake Quigley, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle, a luxury independent living community in the heart of Boston at the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut. “But if you plan properly, it’s actually a perfect time for you to move to a place like Waterstone at the Circle. Moving now allows you to get into your new home before the beginning of the year, which is usually the busiest time for senior living communities.”

Advantages of Moving to a Senior Living Community in Winter

  • The family can be involved. Families often gather together this time of year, meaning there are many helping hands available to help Grandma or Grandpa pack, prepare and move to their new space. This also allows family members to check out the new digs, talk to staff and head back home feeling happy that their loved one is in good hands.
  • Winter is the best time of the year to sell. Surprisingly, the winter months are when you’re more likely to sell your home, if your loved one needs to list their current house. According to Redfin, homes listed in the winter sell faster for more money.
  • Winter is lonely. It’s harder to get out and about during the winter months, meaning that single seniors can become lonely this time of year. By moving to a senior living community, your loved one will have instant community and be able to start making friends and having social opportunities quickly.

Tips for Moving During Winter Months

  1. Know what you need to bring. Before your move, be sure to talk to the team at your new community and learn what essentials should be brought with you. At Waterstone at the Circle, you’ll be moving into an independent living apartment, so your biggest decision may be what you need to get rid of and what you’ll be keeping.
  2. Narrow down the essentials. It’s easier to get rid of things before you lug them to your new space. Moving to a senior living community like Waterstone at the Circle is the perfect time to “let go” of all those things you don’t want anymore. Consider passing along some family heirlooms at this time (after all, if everyone’s gathered for the holidays, it’s a perfect opportunity). You don’t need to do everything at once, but be sure you mark what’s staying, what you’re giving away to family, what you’re donating and what should be thrown out.
  3. Hire a moving service that’s senior-friendly. This is definitely not a time to bargain-basement your move by doing it yourself. There are many moving services that have had experience in or specialize in moving seniors. By choosing one of these, you’ll be able to make the move that much more comfortable for everyone involved.
  4. Be careful with items that are sensitive to temperature. While packing for a move in the winter is very similar to moving at any other time of the year, you will need to pay careful attention to items that can be damaged in the cold. House plants, fine china and other delicate objects should be kept in the warmth and exposed to the elements as little as possible. Consider transporting these items yourself in your personal vehicle.
  5. Plan your move around the weather. While no meteorologist can read the future, it is smart to pay attention to the upcoming weather forecast. If you’re hearing rumblings about a huge snowstorm during the time you’re set to move, consider changing your loved one’s move-in date. While it’s still possible to move during bad weather, it’s better to be safe than sorry (and it’s a lot more comfortable when you’re not fighting sleet and snow).
  6. Be flexible. You know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice and men. Even if you don’t have a blizzard halting movement on the highways, your moving company could run into issues, there could be a highway closure or other unforeseen event. Be sure to have a contingency plan in case things don’t go according to plan on moving day, and be sure to discuss it with the community to which your loved one is moving. Don’t worry, they’ve more than likely had a situation just like this in the past!
  7. Protect your old home. Make sure that winter doesn’t get tracked into your current home. Place cardboard or plastic sheeting on the floors to protect carpet and hardwood from salt, snow and water. Cardboard is the best choice for carpet because it can be tacked down to secure it. If your floor can stand it, consider taping down plastic sheeting. Be sure to experiment with this before the movers get there.
  8. Don’t do it all at once – bring items to your new place before move-in day. If you’re moving to Waterstone at the Circle, we encourage you to bring personal items over before the official move-in day. This helps take some of the stress off the actual day and can help you get your new space feeling like “home” that much more quickly. Bring some of your clothing and hang it in the closets. Plan where you’re putting your dresser or your favorite couch. Hang beloved portraits and stock your new kitchen with essentials, so you’re not digging through boxes to find your toaster. The more you’re able to do in advance, the quicker you’ll settle into this new chapter of your life.

For more information about moving to a senior living community in the winter, contact the staff at Waterstone at the Circle.

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and a vibrant lifestyle with arts and cultural, and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals. 

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need it, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle.

Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our vibrant Boston independent living community and discover the Circle lifestyle today!