Planning for Fifty PLUS! Retirement Living

Planning Your House For Living in Retirement

Retirement is an exciting time in our lives. We have invested into the economy by working and paying our taxes. Now it is time for our communities to give back. We have worked hard and deserve to enjoy the next phase of our lives.

Retiring requires preparation so you can enjoy the experience as much as possible. It is important to prepare our finances, look after our health and consider our ideal lifestyles. It is also important to prepare our homes to suit our lifestyle choices as well as our physical requirements that may change throughout our golden years.

Our Future Needs

Inevitably, the physical condition we find ourselves in right now, has the potential to change in the coming years. Activities we find easy now, may not be as easy in the future so with some adjustments to our homes, we can set ourselves up for the future. There is also the advancement of SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY that is worth considering.

Our Financial Needs

There are also financial considerations to factor in. Maybe we are not going to have quite as much disposable income as retirees so we should plan for our homes to be more energy efficient.

The Little Things

Even the minor things are worth considering, for example are our light bulbs easy to change or are their longer life options that will require less maintenance? Are these long-life light bulbs also more ENERGY EFFICIENT? There are certainly many options to consider and we plan for the future.

The Bigger Things

There are also items that may be worth replacing or repairing. For example maybe our old windows need replacing with modern options that are easier to open and also seal better, making our homes more cost effective to heat or cool. Possibly our hot-water services could do with replacing and maybe a smaller unit is more suitable now that the children have moved out of home. You could also consider solar panels for our home to save on electricity bills in the future. While there are upfront costs for these investments, they may save us financially in the future when our income may not be what it was.

Accessibility

ACCESSIBILITY to our homes is also important. Are there any large steps at the entrance, at the back door or within our homes? These may prove to be a problem so consider installing ramps with handrails where practical.

Household Fittings

We need to consider the fittings of our homes. Is the shower or bath easy to get into? Would it be worth installing handrails? Handrails beside the toilet can also be helpful in lowering ourselves down or standing back up as required. These simple installations can help us maintain our dignity. Also, are our floors non-slip and also unlikely to be a tripping hazard? It may be worth considering new FLOOR COVERINGS.

Our Security

We should also consider the security of our homes and whether security cameras may be worthwhile. Some systems may allow you to check who is at the door without physically opening or even walking to it.

Stay Positive

All this planning may sound depressing however retirement does not need to be at all. It is all about setting ourselves up at home so we can remain there long into the future. It is our retirement years and they should be fun, social and with reduced stress. It is time to sit back and enjoy the fruit of all our hard work over the years.

Previously we may have lived in a home filled with our children. Now we may be by ourselves or with our partners. We now may have the space for our own personal use so why not set up an art studio or personal gym in one of our spare rooms. Life is for living in retirement!

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