Things to Consider when Buying a Home for Your RetirementOctober 22, 2021
Whether your retirement is a long way off or soon, there’s no better time to start planning your retirement home than now. It’s an exciting decision, and you’ll have a lot to think about as you select your next home. However, take note that as you become older, you’ll have different priorities than you did before. So carefully consider what you want to see in the house where you’ll retire in the future. To help you out, here are some things to think about.
Plan for accessibility and mobility
If you want to stay in your home for a long time, you should think about your present mobility and accessibility needs, as well as how they might evolve in the future. It’s crucial to plan ahead because the repairs required to make a house more comfortable and livable for seniors can be costly and time-consuming. Before you buy or build a property, it’s a good idea to know what to look for in terms of accessibility. Here are some of them:
- Choose or build a home with well-lit and wide entryways.
- Use steps as little as possible, and if you do have steps, make sure they’re as safe as possible. Make use of visibly noticeable stair edges to prevent accidents.
- If possible, make sure that there’s little to no need to crouch or bend over to reach electrical outlets or freezer drawers.
- Assure that workstations, such as kitchen and bathroom worktops, can allow both sitting and standing.
Consider single storey or duplex homes
Single storey homes are the top choice for retirement homes since they do not have stairs which may cause problems with mobility. You may opt for an open floor plan to make it more convenient for when you’re older. However, if you’re planning to retire at a home where you can have access to your family while still maintaining privacy, you and your family would love a duplex home. It’s like having two homes in one single block of land. The other home can be your retirement space and you can let your children or relatives stay in the other home.
Choose a friendly, accessible community
When choosing a home that you’ll want to live in when you retire, make sure that it’s located in a community that is well-connected to other amenities that can help you enjoy your retirement years. Think about how you intend to spend the most of your retirement to ensure that your new property meets your requirements. Whether you want to spend your time gardening, visiting family, or learning a new pastime, your new house should make it easy to do so. But more than that, you should be near essential establishments that can keep you physically, mentally and socially healthy. These may include:
- Parks where you can regularly walk or meet your friends and family
- Hospitals and other healthcare facilities
- Entertainment and cultural establishments such as galleries, theatres, and more.
- AEasy access to transportation.
Buy a sturdy home that will last
Trust us, you wouldn’t want to spend your retirement years thinking about repairing some windows or leaky pipes. Even if you can pay contractors and specialists to repair your home as problems arise, finding the correct personnel for the job and dealing with the inevitable disruptions that come with repairs and renovations may be a nightmare.
So when buying a home where you intend to stay after you retire, choose newer homes that include modern amenities, updated infrastructure, and built-in technology. Although purchasing a new home does not guarantee that you will have no problems, it does increase your chances.
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