As you approach retirement, the thought of making your next home in a senior living community seems more attractive all the time. The good news is that it is never too early to start planning what your ideal home would look like.

You will need to take the time to explore your current needs and lifestyle and consider what you might need in the future. This blog touches on several factors to consider before you start looking for a senior living community.

Are You Open to Moving More Than Once After Retirement?

If you have specific interests and you want your want to live in a senior living community that caters to them, an independent living community is your best bet. You will have the opportunity to go swimming, play golf, join others for card games, or participate in whatever amenities the senior living community provides. Independent living is a good option for people in their early retirement years who do not have many health problems or mobility issues.

Senior living facilities with varying levels of care available may be the better option if you do not want to move again once you have settled into a new place. You also want to ensure that the home you select allows you to age in place if you only want to move once. For example, it should be easy to make the bathroom safer by adding handrails or a low-entry bathtub if you need those accommodations when you get older.

Consider Your Taxes in Retirement

Florida, which has the highest percentage of retirees in the country, is one of seven states that does not impose a state income tax. The tax rate of your retirement benefits is another important piece of the financial puzzle to consider before moving to a new area. Looking up the typical cost of living for the area you want to move to is a good idea as well.

Evaluate Whether the Area is Good for Retirees

Be sure to research the livability indicators if you are thinking about moving from your current city or state. If you want to work part-time or need to return to work for financial reasons, you want to live in an area with a strong economy. Some other indications of a retiree-friendly community include:

  • Pleasant year-round weather
  • Low crime rate
  • High-quality hospitals and medical clinics
  • Adequate amount of adult day service centers and assisted living centers should the need arise
  • Wellness opportunities such as health clubs, walking trails, beaches, and golf courses

Many people want to live in a city with a strong art community, several public libraries, and acres of recreational land available for public use. Be sure to look for these things if they are important to you. We also invite you to click on the links below to find out more information about the livability factor for the place you want to move to.

Learn More About Solivita Living in Central Florida

Solivita Living is a real estate company specializing in serving the 55+ retiree community. We offer virtual tours and are available to answer questions about property amenities, long-distance moving, Central Florida, and much more. Please contact us today.