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12th March 2024

Lifestyle retirement villages: how to simplify your move

Moving into lifestyle retirement villages is an easy process, especially here at Burnham Waters. Our staff are always available to answer any questions surrounding the big day and are on hand to make the moving process as stress free as possible.

However, there are a few things we would recommend getting in place to ensure a smooth transition when the day arrives! Here are our top preparation tips to help you simplify you move to new retirement homes!


Declutter before you pack


We would strongly suggest that you declutter and clear out before you pack up your belongings for the move. You’ll save on packaging and space, plus you won’t be bringing unnecessary bits and bobs into your new home that you’ll only have to clear out at a later date! By doing this now, you’ll save yourself time, effort, space and money – win win! 

If you find it hard to let go of household items, selling things or donating to charity is a great way to ensure your items get a second life. It’s eco-friendly and encourages a more sustainable way of living. Can’t get to a charity shop? Don’t worry! Anglo Doorstop Collections will donate on your behalf for free! Simply package up your unwanted goods, book a slot, they’ll collect from your doorstep and donate to charity for you! If you’re interested in this, you can visit their website here.


Create a schedule


Preparing a visual timeline is a great way to ensure you are on track with the to-do list before the move. This will ensure you don’t forget anything vital before leaving your previous property for good. This of-course will include jobs like the cleaning and packing but could also include things like notification of your change of address. This includes your doctors or pharmacy, energy providers, your bank, the DVLA, neighbours and friends etc. Moving to a new house means there is a lot of personal admin involved. Start planning as soon as possible to get the bulk of it covered in the weeks leading up to the moving date! 

The great thing about lifestyle retirement villages is that everything you need is under one roof. At Burnham Waters, our residents will have access to a medical centre, shops and leisure facilities. So, it may be worth switching your current service providers upon arrival, so you can benefit from everything on-site. Of-course, if you have any questions regarding facilities, or things like energy and internet providers, our team would be happy to answer your questions. Simply call on 01621 861559.


Organise your courier


As a priority, we’d suggest organising your courier, or removal company as soon as you know your moving date. A removal company can really help to streamline your moving process. It’ll save you effort and potentially, and a fair bit in expenses. With the right number of vans, a specialist company will be able to move everything in one journey. Moving your belongings personally may include multiple car journeys, car wear and tear, petrol expenses, not to mention potential damage to items. Moving to a new house can be quite stressful as it is, so we’d suggest getting the professionals in to help alleviate some of the pressure (and manual labour) on moving day. 

It’s important that your chosen service is reliable and able to shift the items accounted for. Do your research and don’t be afraid to give them a call, ask questions and get a quote, after all your belongings are some of the most important things in your life.


Family and friends


If you’ve got family and friends that are local, why not ask them to help you to prepare for your move? They will most likely jump at the chance to help you begin this new exciting chapter of your life!

If family and friends want to help you move in on moving day, they are more than welcome at Burnham Waters. We understand that a helping hand from those you trust is essential when moving to pastures new. Bring your loved ones to help make your house feel like a home from the moment you step foot on our community and new retirement homes.


Our portal app


As a resident of Burnham Waters, you will have exclusive access to our new customer portal. Everything you need to know about your move and your new property can be found in one convenient place! Enjoy benefits such as:


- A centralised location for all documentation

- Easily track received and upcoming payments

- Real time updates of your development 

- Photo gallery of construction

- Snagging reporting

- New home welcome pack

- Appliance warranties and documentation repository

- Access community news and events

- Directory of services, amenities and support numbers

- Access residential travel information pack

- Direct messaging with Burnham Waters

- Community village map

- Live tracking of bus transportation

- Appointment scheduling

- Electric car & cycle hire information

And more!

Find out more about our Customer Portal here.


Get in touch


Now’s the time to start thinking about the move to your new home! Are you over 55 and interested in lifestyle retirement villages? Maybe you have a few general questions about our project? If so, our friendly team are on hand to help you.

Send us an email at, or fill out our contact form for a downloadable brochure. Our marketing suite and show home is now open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am and 3pm. Simply call our sales team at on 01621 861559 to arrange an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!


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