Eight top tips for moving into a retirement village
Moving at any time of your life can be a stressful process, from packing scores of boxes with items you often didn’t even realise you had, to picking the property that’s right for you.
But after reading tips below from some of our existing residents who have already made their retirement property move, we hope you feel more relaxed about any potential future move you may be planning.
1. Speak to your future neighbours
Sometimes you want to know how other like-minded people find living in the village, so there’s nothing better than speaking to those who already have that insight. If you want a recommendation for a good spot for lunch outside the village or what events are held at the village, then you have an array of
residents at hand to answer all your questions – you may even make a friend along the way.
Lime Tree Village residents, Alan and Carol Murray said: “We know more people around us now than we did in the last ten years in our previous home!”
Evelyn Brighton at Gittisham Hill Park said: “I did consider moving into town, where I would effectively be surrounded by people, but actually I felt I would be alone. Here in the village, I have lots of friends and a good support network around me.”
2. Find out more about your location
Whilst there’s a lot on offer at the village if you wish to get involved, it’s a great idea to find out more about your local area. This is a good way to really take advantage of your location, explore new places and find your new favourite activities and restaurants. Residents across our villages, like Thamesfield in Henley-on Thames, enjoy the option to either relax in the comfort of their own luxury retirement property or head out into town which has so much on offer.
Residents Alan and Carol Murray, from Lime Tree Village near Rugby, said: “We didn’t realise that Rugby was so centrally located and has great access to both Birmingham City Airport and East Midland Airport. Additionally, we don’t need to worry about finding someone to look after the house whilst we’re away, as it’s looked after by the village.”
For many people, downsizing can feel like a daunting prospect, especially when you are faced with a lifetime of possessions and furniture to consider. But now is your real chance to clear space, de-clutter, and move into a property that’s a realistic size for you.
John Philips from Avonpark near Bath said: “Downsizing didn’t worry me in the least. I didn’t really take much with me to my new apartment, I bought things to fit instead.”
Moat Park resident Ann Romaine said: “You spend your whole life working hard and accumulating things, only to have to get rid of them all later on! But I don’t regret it, this was the best decision for me and everyone here soon made me feel at home.”
4. Take advantage of the exclusive facilities and services
Retirement Villages Group Ltd. Registered Office: 1st Floor, Brunswick House, Regent Park, 297-299
Kingston Road, Leatherhead,Surrey, KT22 7LU.
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