My parents do the snowbird thing, and they stay up north during the summertime and early fall, as soon as it turns cold, they come down south for the heat.
Their home is literally next door to mine, and it is awesome having my parents so close.
We rotate who cooks breakfast and gathers for game or film nights. It also is convenient when I need help with a beach house project or my parents need me to lift something heavy. It works out really nice when they leave too, because my parents want me to watch over the house. I can efficiently water plants, mow their yard and turn lights on and off because the beach house is so close. The most recent time was a bit rougher because I noticed the Heating, Ventilation plus A/C unit wasn’t turning on. I went over to the thermostat and saw that it was working fine. But, the actual HVAC unit wasn’t operational anymore. Rather than call my parents and get them all worried, I worked on it and got it fixed on my own. I had a Heating, Ventilation and A/C company come over to the home to take a peek at the equipment and perform repairs. A space inside the unit had iced over and gotten disfigured in the process. The A/C repair was a few hundred bucks and I had to pay the guy’s labor. My parents do a ton of free work on our house. I figured I owed them a HVAC repair. I didn’t tell them the Heating, Ventilation and A/C was repaired until they were already in the home and using it and normal. They were pretty excited. I worked on it and had it fixed without bothering them.