Retirement gives you the freedom to choose where you want to live since your workplace’s limitations no longer apply. Finding the perfect place to settle down is a fun activity in itself. Here are three ways to help you narrow down your choices to the final winner.
Rent for a Month or Two
Perhaps one of the locations on your list is one of your favorite vacation destinations. A longer stay in the area will help you know if it is right for you. Check out available rental properties Balboa Island and select one similar to the type of home or condominium you want to purchase and live there for a month or two. During your stay, make a note of the cost of your living expenses and do some research on the tax environment and availability of health care options. Talk to residents to get the inside scoop on what it is like to live there long-term.
Explore by RV
Hit the road in a recreational vehicle to have a first-hand look at the remaining towns on your list. Plan to stay for a couple of weeks in each location to soak up the area’s vibe. While there, try out all of the available community, recreational and social activities. If you like what you see, meet with a realtor to discover what kind of properties are available in your price range.
Enjoy a Free Visit
If living in an active adult retirement resort is your goal, take advantage of any offers for a free three-night stay on the property. This common sales tactic gives you the opportunity to enjoy life as a resident for a few days and enjoy all the resort’s amenities and perks. Be sure to meet and talk to some of the residents to get their opinions about living in the community.
Trying out one or more of these ideas will help you find the perfect destination for your retirement.