Uncategorized March 10, 2023

5 Tips for Setting Up Your Post-Retirement Home for Maximum Comfort

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You put in a lot of years focused on other people. Now it’s time to put yourself first as you settle into retirement. It’s likely that your housing needs have changed, too, which may mean a brand new post-retirement house or some renovations to your current one.

Start thinking about the qualities you want in your perfect home for this stage of your life. You don’t need an expensive overhaul to make it comfortable and safe. Consider these simple tips from Sandra Loefgren at Windermere Homes & Estates to help you create a space you will love for years to come.

1. Create a Stress-Free Office Space

Many retirees choose to work part-time post-retirement. If you want to work from home as a consultant in your former career, you need a stress-free office space. Start by looking for all the equipment you will need and setting up a desk. Stick to a strict schedule, so you don’t end up spending too much of your retirement working, and plan on getting up and moving around to avoid being at a desk all day. 

Be sure that you also add elements to the room that promote relaxation. For example, bring in natural woods and flowers or plants to give it a calming effect. Your days of stressful work days are behind you, and your in-home office should reflect that.

2. Make Use of Your Outdoor Space

Migrelief reports that fresh air has many health benefits, including clearing your lungs, helping you heal faster, improving your mood, and increasing mental clarity. If your new home has an outdoor space, take advantage of comfortable weather and spend time outside. You can set up a setting area on a patio or create a vegetable garden, so you have a reason to spend time in the sun every day. You can use it just for relaxing or for getting some light exercise.

If you’re looking for a new property with great outdoor space, let Sandra Loefgren at Windermere Homes & Estates help you to find the perfect place! 

3. Update Your Security

Every home needs a security system, and thankfully, you have options that will keep your home safe without breaking the bank. For example, you can get a doorbell camera that will connect to your phone and even alert you if someone approaches the door when you’re not at home. You will even have access to a microphone so you can talk to anyone without going to the door. Be sure to include steel locks on all your doors and keep your windows secured at night.

4. Consider a Minimalistic Approach to Decor

Creating a stress-free home starts with how you decorate. For example, clutter can have a negative effect on your mood. If you have many items you can’t give up, consider creative ways to store them, so they are out of view. For example, if you have stairs in the home, you can place cabinets in the space under the stairs or maximum closet space with cubbies.

5. Scan for Maintenance Needs Before You Move

If you have opted for a new house, you’ll want it to be live-in ready before you start unpacking your boxes. The best way to do this is to make sure you complete all the maintenance and repair needs before you move in. But actually this process is important even in your old house, if you stay. Give the home a thorough inspection, including having professionals evaluate the plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling systems. Then, check for small repairs you can handle yourself, such as paint touch-ups or hanging shelves.

If you find that there are larger appliances or systems that appear to be close to needing to be replaced, consider investing in a home warranty. Unlike homeowner’s insurance, a home warranty protects you from the cost of major system replacements. In other words, if your plumbing or HVAC unit needs to be replaced, a home warranty will help cover it.

Go here to learn more about which systems are covered and which policy is best for your house’s needs.  

Enjoy Your Updated Space

Post-retirement is all about enjoying the fruits of years of hard work. Implement these tips, and you will feel the calm of living a life of leisure. First, decide if you want to update or upgrade. Then, make choices that will help you luxuriate in your new space. You deserve to be surrounded by comfort and security, and your home should be a haven for tranquility.

If you’re looking for the perfect home to purchase, get in touch with experienced San Diego real estate professional Sandra Loefgren. Call today at (619) 850-8328!