Retirement is something we all look forward to. It can seem a long way off but it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead and look at what the future may bring. Planning for retirement means you can enjoy it to the full just as you should after working hard all your working life. Here is a guide to planning for retirement-
In some jobs you may be able to retire earlier than you think. Deciding when to retire can be difficult and that decision often widely depends on finances. In some professions you may be able to retire sooner but on a much lower pension to start with. This would increase by the time you reach the age recommended that you retire but will still be a reduced amount than if you had worked until the recommended age. Consider if this would dramatically affect you, or if it’s something you think you’d be able to do.
After retirement many of us decide to downsize our properties due to having a reduced income and children and family moving away. Downsizing can really help with finances and allow you to do things you have always wanted to such as taking trips abroad. Considering downsizing before retirement can help with deciding factors like finances as you may be able to pay off your mortgage or even have a little extra money by downsizing.
Eventually we will all be affected by old age, and certain things we used to be able to do with ease we won’t always find as easy. Consider things you may have difficulty with in the future now to make things as easy as possible later on in life.
When downsizing it might be worth choosing a property that works for you now, but will also work for you later on in life too. A bungalow is a great option as if you do have problems with mobility in the future it means you are not restricted to certain rooms in the house.
Look into assistive furniture such as adjustable beds and riser recliner chairs. Almost all of us will have experienced a bad back and sore joints at some point and in old age these can sometimes get worse making tasks like lying down and standing from sitting more difficult. Assistive furniture can help, whether you have ongoing mobility problems or you’re just having a bad day.