What Type of Home Matches Your Vision of Retirement?
As an experienced downsizing expert, I have worked with a variety of clients. I am happy to help them through their journey. I understand that often you have lived in your house for many years and leaving that home can be difficult. I specialize in helping you make the decision on where to go next as well as how to prepare your home for market. If you are considering making a move, and would like a complimentary 30 min consultation to discuss your retirement housing needs, contact me at (267) 397-6291 or TheSwainTeam@gmail.com
And I have found that my clients tend to fit into 1 of these 7 categories:
1. Focus on Family
If family plays an extensive role in your life, you’ll probably need space to accommodate them. That might mean an extra bedroom or play area for weekly grandchild visits. Or a multi-generational floor plan that carves out a living suite for an adult child’s family ̶ or yourself.
2. Travel and Taking it Easy
Perhaps home is where relaxation is the name of the game, and it’s easy to travel because the property “takes care of itself.” In this case, look for a home that minimizes maintenance and landscaping chores, perhaps focusing on townhomes or condos with homeowners’ associations.
3. Social Butterfly
If you thrive on social interactions, an age-restricted community may be an excellent fit. Often, they offer a full schedule of activities and events where residents can easily make new acquaintances and build relationships.
4. Staying Put
Moving is hard work! If you want to minimize moves, focus on finding a “forever” home that will continue serving your needs if your health and mobility falter. Many buyers age 50+ prioritize one-floor living and aging-in-place amenities.
5. Eating and Entertaining
Maybe you love cooking or hosting gatherings. In this case, prioritize a home with adequate entertaining space indoors and outside. And if you view retirement as a time to let your culinary skills shine, make sure your next home also includes the kitchen of your dreams.
6. Still Working
If you aren’t ready to relax into full retirement or need to continue working for financial reasons, make sure your next home can accommodate remote work (a dedicated office, quiet location, etc.) or is near appealing in-person job opportunities.
7. Happy Hobbyist
Will retirement provide more time to devote to a favorite hobby ̶ or to tackle new skills? Make sure your home includes space for your pursuits such as a woodworking ship, a painting studio, or a crafts room. Outdoor enthusiasts may need room to store large equipment, like a fishing boat.
If you are considering making a move, and would like a complimentary 30 min consultation to discuss your retirement housing needs, contact me at (267) 397-6291 or TheSwainTeam@gmail.com