Whether you’re pondering over what type of property should lie in your future or you’re hoping to help a friend or relative narrow their search, there’s a surprising amount to consider when it comes to finding an appropriate retirement property. Estate agents Knight Frank recently highlighted the growing importance of purpose-built serviced retirement housing and communities but you don’t need to settle on such a structured option if it doesn’t fit with your personality, plans or personal circumstances.
However, if you do intend to move from the family home into a bungalow, smaller house, flat or apartment, you may find you need to take a rather determined approach to downsizing. Last year HomeOwners Alliance estimated that half a million over 55s were stuck in property limbo due to a shortage of suitable housing. Then there are other essentials to consider like location, facilities and maintenance. Here’s how to get your search off to the best start.