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Shopping for a Home That Ages with You

By: Jorge Lopez, September 23, 2015

Depending on your age, you may or may not be thinking about what your life will be like when it comes time for retirement.  However, if you’re looking to buy a home with the intention of settling down, whatever home you decide to purchase now will factor heavily into your future options.  Here are a couple of items to consider if the home you’re planning on buying is the one you’d like to spend the rest of your life in.

You may have heard of something called “walkability.”  It’s fairly self-explanatory, but it pretty much determines how friendly an area is for walking around and the area’s health or economic benefits.  This is an important factor if you’re going to depend on public transit or want to live in a neighborhood that’s well-maintained, is close to stores and dining establishments and, most importantly, is safe.

Consider the sense of community.  As you grow older, you’re likely going to want to seek out new experiences and meet new people.  Museums, parks, community centers that offer a broad range of classes or volunteer opportunities, all of these places will become increasingly important as time goes by.

Lastly, look at the home’s accessibility itself.  A two-story home could potentially make it harder to get around when you get older, a walk-in shower with a seat will help when bathing and storage spaces within easy reach also make life easier for you down the road.

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