Getting the most out of retirement living


Moving house is always a stressful time, no matter how old you may be. Making the move from your long-inhabited home to a retirement property can seem intimidating, on both an emotional and practical level, but it can be successful with the right planning in place. It’s important to take advantage of the plethora of information and people who can help make this process easier.

Seek the right help for your property sale

Selling your home can be both stressful and time-consuming. So figure out how involved in the process you want to be; would you rather leave it completely to the estate agent to manage or would you rather be kept up to date on all the developments?

Find a property that suits your needs

The most suitable properties for those seeking retirement should offer low-maintenance gardens (or no maintenance at all), as well as on-site care and facilities. Facilities aren’t usually the same in every property, so ensure you choose one which meets your needs and suits your lifestyle. Speak to family members and discuss what things you believe will be of benefit to have. Don’t forget to think about moving to an area with nearby services and amenities, as well as transport options.

Downsize with care

Your retirement home will likely be smaller than your current one, so with that in mind you’ll need to decide what to keep and what to let go. You’ll need to figure out which objects will fit into your new home as well as the style and feel of you want. For further advice on downsizing, check out our tips on downsizing blog.

Seek removal assistance

Unless you’re dead set on packing and unpacking everything yourself, you can take advantage of the packing and unpacking service which many removal firms offer. Many can hang clothes in wardrobes, set up televisions and also put bedding on beds.

Make your house a home

Now that you’re all unpacked it’s time to start settling in and make your new home your own. You could choose to give your new space a complete refresh; interior design professionals aren’t too hard to locate and can offer a fresh take on new layouts and designs for your property, such as colour themes and furniture plans.

Will you be following any of these tips when you make your retirement move? Let us know on Twitter @haart_uk!