Did you know that the spring housing market kicks off the weekend after the Super Bowl? It’s never too early to start preparing to make your move into a retirement community. With low-interest rates and a stable housing market, now is a good time to start planning for your future home. To get the most out of your visit to a community, there are a few small things you can do to be prepared. Here are 3 tips to keep in mind as you begin the journey of visiting retirement communities:
1. Begin Your Research Before You Visit
The first step in preparing for a visit is to do some research prior. You should explore the community’s website and see if it is possible to receive a brochure in the mail. This is a helpful way to know in advance what questions you need to be answered. You can familiarize yourself with topics like pet and smoking policies and get information on the types of care that will be available to you in the future.
2. Select a Few Specific Areas You Would Like To See in Person
Doing prior research will also help you to decide what areas of the community you would like to see on your tour. For example, if you are an active person with a daily workout routine, it is a good idea to check out the equipment in the gym and what fitness classes are offered. If you are excited about the social aspect of community life, inquire if there are any clubs or social events you can learn more about or observe.
3. Understand Your Lifestyle and Living Needs
Besides the community as a whole, it is important to take a look at your lifestyle to determine what apartment size is a good fit for you. Review your income and capital assets or ask your financial advisor to provide you with this information. This decision is not only based on what you can afford but how comfortably you can live. Analyze your finances and determine the price point you would like to focus on prior to your visits.
4. View the Floor Plans
Ask to see several floor plan options – specifically furnished options. Think about how much space you require for storage, cooking, and hosting guests. When you stop in to see apartments and take note of their sizes, it is good to keep in mind any bigger pieces of furniture you would like to bring with you. It might even help to bring measurements with you so that you can better envision the layout of your future home.
5. Ask Questions
As with any big life decision, being prepared will make the process much less stressful for yourself. Remember to take your time, do your research, and ask any questions you may have along the way. It also never hurts to have some extra help with you. Whether you are moving in alone or as a couple, it is good to bring a friend or family member with you as an extra set of eyes and ears. Bringing someone who is more objective will be helpful to you on a tour. Plus, they are able to make sure you don’t miss any information along the way.