After living in a colder climate for years, most retirees opt to move to a warmer climate so they can enjoy getting outdoors more. However, it’s important to understand that there are several things you must do to prepare to move to and live in a warmer climate- especially if you’ve never lived in a warmer climate. The high temperatures can be an adjustment if you’re not used to them.

If you are considering retiring and moving south, contact the real estate professionals at Solivita Living in central Florida. We specialize in 55+ communities across the central Florida area. Our communities offer a wide array of amenities to keep you active and enjoying your retirement years.

Note that it takes approximately two weeks to become acclimated to a new climate. However, there are some things you can do to make the process quicker, safer, and more comfortable.

5 Things to Do When Moving to a Warmer Climate

Below, we’ll explore 5 things that you must do to prepare yourself for a move to a warmer climate:

Do your research

This is the key to a successful move no matter where you’re moving- but especially when you are relocating from a cooler climate to a warmer one. Before moving, take your time to gather as much information as you can about the area. If you’ve never been there, make sure to gather information about the typical weather conditions and average temperatures. This will help prepare you for the move and also help you understand the advantages associated with living in a warmer climate. Plus, research can give you an idea of what typically happens throughout the year and the average temperatures you can expect from one season to the next.

Give yourself time to adjust

Don’t expect to get used to the new temperatures immediately. As mentioned, it takes about two weeks to get acclimated. Be patient with yourself and learn what you need to carry with you to help you adapt to the new climate. Perhaps you need to keep a water bottle with you so you can stay hydrated or sunscreen to protect you from the sun. Pay attention to how long you can stay in the sun without feeling terrible. Determine whether or not you can continue with your normal routine or if you need to make some changes when the temperatures are too hot. Be patient with yourself- these are things you’ll learn over time- not overnight.

Make sure you ask questions

Be sure to ask your real estate agent questions about owning a home in that area. They will be able to inform you of potentially damaging weather such as hurricanes, tornadoes, etc., and whether or not the house you’re considering can handle the weather. They will also be able to let you know about any special insurance policies you need to cover any weather-specific damage.

Talk to locals from the area

Taking some time to interact with and chat with locals from the area can help. They may be able to give you tips to help you adjust to living in a warmer climate. They can also give you some tips for dealing with unpleasant or extreme weather conditions. Also, if you have friends, family, co-workers, etc. that have lived in warmer climates in the past, talk to them about how they were able to adjust to living there.

Consult your medical provider

Health can contribute to the ease or challenge of adjusting to a new climate. Therefore, it’s important to speak with your medical provider to help you make the transition easier. There are some medications, such as those for hay fever or asthma, that may interfere with your body’s ability to tolerate changes in temperature. Other medications may impact your skin’s tolerance to the sun and cause you to burn easily.

Ready to Make Your Move?

When you’re ready to make your move to a warmer climate, consider working with the real estate professionals at Solivita Living. We specialize in 55+ communities across central Florida in Del Webb, Trilogy, Solivita, and Four Seasons at Orlando. We have a variety of amenities to keep you active, spas to help you relax, heated pools, hot tubs, and so much more.