Posted: February 1, 2023
Beginning your quest for a residential living community that will complement and enrich your life can be thrilling and daunting. There is much to look forward to, from a maintenance-free lifestyle and convenient amenities to an engaging social calendar. Whether you are getting ready to move in the near future or are just beginning your search, being prepared and informed about moving to an independent living community can make the transition less stressful and more enjoyable.
It can take time to find the right neighborhood and community. And because sought-after communities tend to have waitlists, it is ideal to start the process early. These steps can help you get organized and stay positive while you prepare for a move.
Do Your Research
Before diving into research on individual communities, list your “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” to help you focus your search on what is most important to you. This will also provide you a baseline for comparing and contrasting communities.
Numerous resources are available to help you research and learn more about independent living communities. Visit their websites, read testimonials and reviews from residents and family members, follow social media accounts to get a sense for community life, join the email list to keep up-to-date on community happenings and events, and look for awards and recognition, such as those given by U.S. News & World Report or Pinnacle Quality Insight.
Things to take into consideration when doing your research include:
Take a Tour
Once you’ve found a handful of communities you’d like to learn more about, it’s time to visit in person! There is no better way to get a feel for a new community than by taking a tour. This will allow you to meet residents and hear their insights, get face-to-face answers to your more pressing questions, and envision your life and role in the community.
Join a Waitlist
You may find that your chosen community has more future neighbors who are ready to move than they have available apartment homes. In these cases, many will have waitlists that you can join by completing an application and placing a nominal refundable deposit. Once you join the waitlist, you will be notified when a space that meets your criteria is available. Keep in mind that an important element of planning and preparation with communities that have waitlists is factoring in the length of time between joining the waitlist and an apartment becoming available. If you are open to different floor plans and options, you may find your time on a waitlist is shorter.
If you do join a waitlist, enjoy it! Many communities, including Clermont Park, will invite those who are on their waitlists to take part in community events, exclusive gatherings, and life enrichment programming.
Prepare for Downsizing
Whether you are planning to move soon or are just considering your options, beginning the downsizing process early can help reduce stress and make the process more enjoyable. To start, it can be helpful to have an idea of the square footage or layout of your new home, as this will provide you direction on what furniture and other household items will work well in that space.
Next, seek assistance from a family member, friend, or professional organizing or move management service to help you sort through your belongings and decide what you’d like to keep, what to gift to loved ones, and what you are ready to let go of. Take your time with this process, and let yourself enjoy going through the memories associated with your treasures! Here are some helpful tips when downsizing:
Overall, allow yourself to keep and cherish what brings you joy and will make sense in your new space.
Communities such as Clermont Park have team members who can assist you with your moving plans, which will make the process far more accessible and much more enjoyable.
While planning for a move can seem overwhelming, pause every now and then to envision your future. Without home maintenance, shoveling snow, and yard work, you can enjoy spending more time with friends and family, pursuing your hobbies, relaxing with a good read, or soaking in the beautiful Colorado outdoors!