How to Choose the Perfect Retirement Home for You

Happy and smiling couple in front of white skyOnce their children grow older and leave home, many people start looking for a new house. This might happen at retirement, or even sometime before, but this home purchase will likely be the last for most.

This search may be very different from previous ones. When searching for the perfect retirement home, buyers are no longer concerned with living near a good school district or having bedrooms for all the kids. Instead, they need to focus on finding features that will let them age in place.

Some people choose new homes in their current community, and others move halfway across the country, perhaps to a warmer climate. Either way, it’s important to do some soul-searching and research before you buy your retirement home.

“The house is the easiest part,” says Marian Schaffer, principal and founder of Southeast Discovery, which helps retirees and pre-retirees find new homes in the southeastern United States. “It’s finding the right area.”

Once you’ve found the community, you still need to ask yourself some questions to pick the right home, one that suits your needs today and will still work for you in the future.

“There’s always this misconception that boomers prefer to downsize,” says Valerie Dolenga, a spokesperson for Pulte Homes, which builds active-adult communities across the country under the Del Webb brand.

Dolenga says only about 28 percent of buyers are seeking smaller homes. The average Del Webb home is 2,200 square feet, not much smaller than the average home built in 2013, which was 2,600 square feet.

The first question to consider is your lifestyle, both now and in the future. If you entertain, you need more space than if you rarely invite people over. If you expect children and grandchildren to stay overnight often, you need more guest space than you would if your children lived in the same town and just came by for dinner.

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