Printable Snowbird Checklist and Home Preparation Tips

Published March 24, 2020
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If you're a snowbird, you probably have a lot to remember as you move between residences. Whether you're heading south for the winter or returning north during the summer, this snowbirds' printable checklist will help you close down one home and return the other.

A Printable Checklist for Snowbirds

The pdf printable checklist is a comprehensive reminder of everything you need to do in both homes regardless of time of year. To open the printable, click on the image. If you need help, check out this guide for Adobe printables.

Printable checklist for snowbirds
Click to download a printable snowbird checklist.

Things for Snowbirds to Consider

If you've been snowbirding for a while, chances are you already have a routine in place. However, the above checklist can help keep you organized. If you're new to snowbirding, the checklist provides an outline of everything you need to do.

Winterize Your Summer Home

When leaving your summer home for the chilly winter months, you'll need to make sure the home is prepared for colder temps by shutting off water, cleaning up the outdoors, and more.

Take Care of Administrative Tasks

You'll also need to take care of important administrative tasks, such as forwarding your mail, securing prescriptions, and similar tasks.

Secure Your Home

While you're away, it's important to ensure the security of your home by alerting neighbors of your impeding travel, locking everything, and arranging for home monitoring while you're away.


Everyone wants to come return to a clean home, so making sure you clean before you leave is also important, especially emptying garbages and the fridge so you don't arrive to a smelly mess.


You also need to pack and remember to bring important items and documentation while still minimizing the amount of stuff you bring with you.

Prepare Your Vehicle

If you're driving, make sure all important vehicle maintenance tasks are up to date so you can arrive safely.

Arrive at Your Winter Home

Once at your winter home, take care of all necessary tasks to ensure you have what you need and will live comfortably for the winter months as you enjoy the sunshine.

Do It All Again in the Summer

Winter is over, and you're heading home. The checklist will help you reverse the process and return to your summer home while managing critical administrative, cleaning, packing, security, and transportation tasks.

Enjoy the Snowbird Lifestyle

The snowbird lifestyle is one that many enjoy, and why wouldn't they? Chasing the sun no matter what season is a great way to spend both the summer and the winter. So whether you're a snowbird on a budget or you have unlimited funds, use this printable snowbird checklist to help keep you organized as you travel from home to home.

Printable Snowbird Checklist and Home Preparation Tips