Retirement is opening a new chapter in your life. Some retirees find that moving to a new home can help with the sometimes-difficult transition. A new home can feel like a fresh start. Maybe you dream of retiring in a tropical location, a new city, or you want to be closer to your grandchildren. No matter why you want to move after retirement, there are some key things you need to consider.
Does Your Spouse Agree?
The first thing you need to do is to make certain that your spouse is in agreement with the decision to move. If you love being outdoors but your partner wishes to be near the grandchildren, a move that takes you a long way away could cause trouble in your marriage. Before deciding on a move, sit down and talk at length with your spouse about the vision you have for your retirement. You perhaps can both find some common ground to build upon.
What Activities Interest You?
Before trying to decide where to move, you need to determine what you would like to do during your retirement. Write down a list of all the interests that you would enjoy pursuing after you have retired and see if they match with what is offered in the community. While no city is perfect, you will want to match yourself with the city that best fits you and your spouses’ needs.
Consider the Seasons
If you are thinking of retiring in a place that you have already been to on vacation, make sure that you take a trip there in the off-season. Some cities that are very vibrant and busy in one season can become boring in another. Consider renting a place in the area you are considering before making a purchase. You can do short-term rentals through companies like HomeAway and AirBnB to get a real sense of what it would be like living there.
While you may not want any medical issues to dictate your retirement, it is something that you may need to take into account when choosing a city to retire in. Would you be close to the type of medical care you need? If you see a specialist on a regular basis, you will want to ensure there is a physician near your new home that would be able to accept you as a patient. Check out hospitals in the area and look at patient reviews. If you had an emergency, you will want to know where the nearest emergency room would be.
Before deciding where to move, do a bit of traveling to different cities and get a taste of what amenities or city features are important to you. Traveling in the first few years of your retirement is much easier than the later years. Even if it is a few road trips, you and your spouse should get out and enjoy your freedom and start out your retirement with excitement and adventure.
If you have just retired and need moving assistance, contact the experts at Bekins Moving Solutions. Call (877) 594-1187 for more information and a free moving quote.