When most home owners purchase their homes especially while still young, they never really take into consideration that a time will come when they will be seniors, and unable to enjoy the many amenities that their homes provide. Basic things like the large size of the home, staircases and other obstacles, are things they may overlook today but will not be able to ignore a couple of years down the line.
When in your senior years, home purchasing is undoubtedly a challenging task and stressful as well especially when you come to the realization that you will no longer be able to enjoy many of the pleasures that come with being young. Take heart however because getting to move into a new home is always still an exciting experience.
Here are a list of things to consider when purchasing a retirement home.
The ease of navigation through the house
When in your senior years, it is important to think about your ability to navigate through the house. You will need a house with wide enough doors and corridors that a wheelchair can move through with ease in case you are using one or a spacious house with as little clutter as possible so that your walking stick doesn’t get caught up. The house does not necessarily need to be large, just well-arranged to enable ease of navigation.
The safety hazards
When in your senior years you are likely to be prone to injuries with the slightest knocks or falls. Therefore, it is important to ensure the house you are looking to purchase has been properly checked for anything that may be a safety hazard to you. This will require a keen eye because most of these hazards will not be that obvious.
A manageable size
When in your senior years, you will definitely not have the energy to do the regular day to day chores. You may opt to hire a help but ultimately it is unnecessary to have too much space that you won’t really need. It is therefore a good idea to go for a home that gives you ample space but not too much of it. Too much space may also bring about a sense of loneliness because of the emptiness.
Old age is a reality and not something to be feared. It is part of life. The better prepared you are for it, the better the transition will be in terms of your living arrangements. Be sure not to go through this adjustment alone. Engage your family and friends in the process and most importantly, a good realtor.