What’s important to you in moving to your retirement home?
Are you thinking about buying your “empty-nester” home but you don’t know how to decide where to go?
Retirement Relocation Checklist
Prioritize and decide where to go!
The recent article by Dave Bernard in US News and World Report‘s Retirement section lists the following categories that seniors should consider:
- Hospitals and Doctors
Should you live near an expert in a particular health field? Or simply, where can you rely on a quick response time from the EMT, taking you to a nearby trauma facility?
- Local Amenities
Big cities offer symphony, museums, restaurants. and theater, however college towns are booming – many seniors are finding them to have the perfect mix of smaller town while offering terrific cultural options.
- Good Neighbors
Fellow Drake trustee and Newton, Iowa native, Don Byers, answered my husband’s question about retirement this way: “Why would I leave the friends and neighbors I’ve enjoyed my whole life?” To Don, good neighbors were his primary criteria for staying local in retirement.
Milder climates have been the goal for many seniors – if you relax in warmer weather, then your move south won’t be unique!
- Public Transportation
How are you going to get to the doctor, the store, or your friends when you no longer want to drive?
- Cost of Living
Obviously, it makes sense to live where it’s cheaper – when seniors retire and they don’t have to live where their job is (they’re retired!), it makes sense to go where homes, food, and taxes are cheaper.
- Proximity to What you Like Best
If you revel in sunrise at the beach, you wake up invigorated to hike mountain trails, or scenic mountain views inspire the artist in you — then go there!
- Your new “digs”
Do you want maintenance-free condo life or is tinkering in the garden your heart’s desire? Would you prefer to live in a sprawling ranch or a cozy bungalow?
Obviously, the answers to these questions vary for all seniors. As you consider where you’re going, answer these questions, then weight each one as to how important that question is to the overall picture.
Don Byers obviously preferred neighbors to warm climates and public transportation. Others might place greater emphasis on beaches and warm weather.
Whatever you choose – if you are true to yourself, you’ll make the right decision!
What Retirement Area are you Interested in?
Let Anne Rossley put you in touch with the best real estate agent – wherever that is!
Find professionals to answer your questions about local amenities, housing options, and lifestyle…Anne Rossley, CRB, CRS, SRES Baird & Warner 773-620-5333 Anne@Rossley.com Anne is a Senior Real Estate Specialist who loves helping 50+ buyers and sellers!