Retirement can bring about a series of mixed emotions. It can be difficult to move from having worked five days a week, for 48 weeks of the year for the past 40 or more years; to doing nothing but relaxing and enjoying yourself 24/7. The vision may be significantly rosier than the reality.
Many people use this opportunity to move from a larger property into a more manageable home. There’s been a lot of talk in the press about pensions being reduced for people needing to retire later and the difficulties in just securing a reasonable monthly pension, so it is not surprising that people are looking at opportunities to move to properties that are easier to run and maintain both physically and financially.
Moving can be more difficult as you grow older
As you grow older many activities become more difficult. In your 20s or 30s it’s relatively easy to lay down the foundations for a shed and install your wooden masterpiece across the same weekend. In your 60s, this task is going to be much more difficult as your effort and capabilities are far reduced, even if you don’t wish to believe or accept it.
Moving home can be a difficult operation at any age, but if you are intending to move when you are around retirement age, it may be better to employ professional packers to prepare your home for moving and to move all of your furniture and goods directly into the rooms of your new home.
Issues to think about
It’s important to find a location that matches both partners’ needs when a couple move home after they have retired. Moving to a golf course property might be highly attractive for the golfer in your family, but their spouse with no interest in the sport might be unhappy at being taken away from their friends and family.
When you’re going to move to a new community it’s important that everything that you require is relatively close to you because there’s no point in needing to spend half your life in the car getting to the locations that you prefer for leisure or volunteer activities.
Some people choose to move to a new location and community which feels great during the main season, but if it’s in an area which is virtually closed in the off-season, it may be particularly unappealing for large parts of the year.
It also doesn’t make sense to move to an area because of the majestic view from your property it may not stay the same. While the village may suit your lifestyle now, communities can change in the future. The best advice is to balance the home and location priorities that are important to both of you so you get most of what you want. Then you will have a happy retirement.