The Ultimate Home Buying Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior that is looking to relocate to a new home, then you are in luck. Currently, the real estate market is especially hot so there is likely to be a home out there that will suit your needs and provide a comfortable environment for you and your grandkids. As an experienced real estate agent, Arlys Krauel knows how important it is for everyone to find the home of their dreams, so we present some tips on finding, buying, and enjoying your new home for years to come.

Carefully Consider The Location

The first thing you need to do is take the time to research homes and neighborhoods to see what will best suit your current needs. If you are looking to downsize, then you may want to include square footage into your search so you can tell how much space you will need to fill and maintain so you don’t go overboard

Where you’ll live is just as important. If you want to live closer to family then you should look at neighborhoods within 10-15 miles so you can visit them when necessary and vice versa. In addition to proximity to your family, you will also want to live near the activities that you enjoy. So, if you enjoy long walks at the park or taking yoga classes, make sure that these places will be near your future home.

You may also want to do a search online for crime statistics in the area so you know that you are moving to a safe place.

Helpful Tips When Searching For A Home

If you need help finding the right home for you, then you should consider enlisting the services of a real estate agent because they can ensure that any house that interests you contains the attributes you desire and they can ensure that you complete all necessary paperwork.

You should also put a lot of thought into how much you can afford to pay for a new home and if the price will fit within your budget. A good way to find out is to use an online mortgage calculator that will account for the cost of the new property as well as your current debts, the payment you plan to put down, and more, so you can have a clear picture of your monthly payment and there aren’t any surprises.

It is also a good idea to have an inspection performed to ensure that the home is up to code and in good working order before you sign the dotted line on the mortgage documents. 

Consider Hiring Professionals

The moving process can be stressful at times, so it is a good idea to hire professionals to make things easier. For instance, you can hire professional movers who can pack up your current home and transport your stuff to the new property. This is especially important if you have many heavy items that may cause an injury if they are handled improperly. Plus, you can hire movers at your new residence as well to unload the truck and put your possessions in the rooms where they belong.

Once you are in the home, if you require modifications in the home such as handrails and grab bars in the bathrooms or ramps outside of the home for easier access, then you can hire professional contractors in your new area to install these necessities. When looking for contractors, be sure to read customer reviews and ask for quotes so you can get the best price.

In the end, everyone deserves an amazing home, no matter where they are in their lives. Follow the tips above to find the perfect property that suits all of your needs. If you need help during your home search, realtor Arlys Krauel can help. Contact us at 239-571-3066.