When moving into a retirement community, or even just a new place in general, you may find yourself in a stressful situation.
There are numerous things to do, people involved and uncertainty on where things are or where things go. Who couldn’t use a few tips to help make moving day easy-going and stress-free?
Gina Colantuono, a facilities assistant at Sugar Hill Retirement Community for more than 10 years, says her job is to provide anything the residents need done around their homes. She’s usually one of the first faces they see upon moving in. “They name it, and we’re here,” she says of the facilities team.
Throughout the years, Gina has picked up a few tips that help residents ease the possible chaos of moving day.
Gina’s Tips for Moving In
1. Plan ahead. Visit your new home and have children or someone help tape out where furniture should go. Put sticky notes on the wall to help guide movers on what goes in that room.
2. Hire movers. Get referrals from friends or from Sugar Hill — a good mover can make all the difference on move-in day.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That’s what the maintenance crew is here for. They are here to help with whatever you need, from hanging a picture on the wall to answering questions about your home or the community.
4. Get to know your neighbors. A Resident Welcoming Committee and a new Neighbors to Neighbors Committee are there to help you get orientated, guide one another and help you get to know the people.
5. Eat! Don’t wait to check out the food. At Sugar Hill, the food is great, especially the pastry chef, Gina says. If you’re feeling a little unsettled or having first-day jitters, take time to enjoy some dessert!
6. Check out the area. Sugar Hill is near the beautiful downtown Wolfeboro, where there’s so much to do. If you have family in town to help with the move, take a break to enjoy America’s oldest summer resort town and the many things to do on Lake Winnipesaukee.