Preparing Your Family Members For Their Retirement Plans
More and more retirees are investing into homes in the southern states to begin their snowbird lifestyles. Avoiding the harsh winter months in their home states doesn’t always require an owned home, though. Many snowbirds are retired men and women who prefer renting a location for years. Regardless of the how, these retirees are looking for the most perfect weather year-round, so they escape their home states to avoid harsh winters. Their home-away-from-home can also double as a location to provide vacations for their family and friends as well. If you, or any member of your family is considering how they can spend their retired years engaged in a snowbird lifestyle, continue reading on.
Any retiree that’s preparing for leaving their winter home will have some preparing to do. Mostly in the way of winterizing their home. Retirees will have to contact their cable and internet providers to pause their services throughout the months they’re gone. Similarly, their water provider will need to be contacted to suspend their water for the months they’re gone in order to avoid any flooding or water damage risks. Some considerations will need to be made for how they heat their home as well, but no home should ever be without a heating service for extended periods of time. Keeping the heat on is necessary for maintaining pipe integrity throughout the winter months.
Any winter home that will become storage to vehicles will also have to be regularly checked. This is why it can be important to establish a check-in schedule with family members while away. Similarly, the appliances in the winter home will need to be unplugged to avoid any fire risks. One appliance in particular that needs to be unplugged is the fridge. If not, mildew build up is possible, especially if the fridge isn’t emptied. Remove all perishable products prior to departure for the sake of maintaining the health of the fridge.
Snowbirds will also want to consider calling in a heating specialist to take a peek at their heating systems prior to leaving. Even if maintenance was already performed recently, long term stays away from the home will benefit from this consultation. A capable professional can identify if the system is suitable to cover the home for the duration of the time away and can recommend the best ways to keep your home warm throughout scheduled travels.
One of the final things these snowbirds will need to do is make a call to their local post office to forward their mail to their southern home’s address. This can also be the perfect time to cancel any subscription-based services for the winter home as well, assuming they won’t translate to the home in their southern states. Similarly, these retirees will also want to reach out to any of their neighbors they’re comfortable with to let them know they’ll be gone for any number of months. With neighbors keeping a close eye on the snowbirds’ home, they can be the first line of defense while the snowbirds are away. They can make the call to the police in place of the snowbirds.
Finally, to ensure the extended health of these retirees, it’s imperative to pack any excess amount of any medications, prescriptions and other medical devices prior to departing. One last consideration can also be calling into the local police department to let them know of the winter home’s emptiness and they’ll be sure to keep a close eye on the property as well.
Though the process may seem overwhelming, the peace of mind that these snowbirds can have in their southern homes is worth all the preparation. For more information on how this transitionary process works and the ways to smoothly move to warmer states, take a minute to check out the infographic coupled alongside this post. Courtesy of Transport Advisers.