For most people, retiring is an exciting and relaxing period of their lives. They no longer need to work (although some people continue to do so), most people have a steady pension coming in, and there are usually children and grandchildren in the picture too. With more time to do things they enjoy and less pressure and stress, it can sometimes feel like your retired years are going to be the best. However, one of the most important things you can have during the later years of your life is a good home – somewhere you feel comfortable and secure. Choosing the perfect retirement home for you might not be easy, but it'll certainly pay off.
This is often the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a retirement home. Many older people want somewhere quiet and safe where they can relax and not have to worry about any unwanted noise or problems. While you can look at retirement villages, which are special areas for retired people, you might want to browse through homes for sale in areas you like, such as deep into the countryside or nestled in the heart of your favourite village. Perhaps you love spending time by the coast, in which case you could purchase a property by the beach or along the coastline. Research the crime rates and desirability of the neighbourhood before you jump straight to purchasing a house.
Consider what is available in the area you are looking at. For example, if you are looking at retirement homes for sale in Bribie Island, are there shops and supermarkets nearby? If not, do you have a mode of transport for getting to the nearest town or shop? How far is the doctor's surgery or a park for taking a stroll during the summer?
Lots of older people choose bungalows and homes, which don't have stairs (or have very few stairs). While you might be able to climb stairs now, you should think about any health issues you have which may get worse or any new problems, which might develop. Moving house is a huge undertaking, and the last thing you need is to have to move house in the next ten years when your health has declined and you have less energy and motivation.
You should move into a retirement home, which has all the amenities you need already installed. For example, make sure the house has a cooker, washer and dryer, shower and anything else, which you know you will need. Going out to shop for appliances and other necessities can be stressful, and after a big move, this might not be something you really want to get involved in.
Like any other properties you may have bought in the past, you should look very carefully at the condition of any houses you are considering purchasing. Always ask a professional surveyor to take a look at the house for you before you place a bid, and spend time looking around the house yourself for any damp, mould or cracks. You should also look at the condition of the carpets, wallpaper and any furniture, which will be left in the property so that you have an idea of what you might need to replace.