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If you're getting ready to retire, and you've decided that it's time to move into a senior community, there are some things you'll need to consider. Buying a home in a 55+ community isn't quite the same is buying a home in other communities. In some cases, the 55+ community will come with some restrictions. In fact, there might be quite a few restrictions that you'll need to be aware of. Before you buy a home in a 55+ community, here are three questions you'll need to ask.
Are There Limits to the Way You Can Use Your Yard?
If you have specific things that you want to do with your yard once you move in, you'll need to find out about the restrictions. Some retirement communities have certain limits on what you're allowed to do with your yard, especially if portions are shared with other neighbors. This is particularly important if you're planning on building a deck, installing a swimming pool, or planting a large vegetable garden. If there are limitations that will prevent you from using your yard the way you'd like to, consider touring other communities in the area.
Are There Restrictions on Your Guests?
If you have children and grandchildren, you probably have plans for them to visit once you move into your new home. While most 55+ retirement communities don't have restrictions on how often you can have guests, many of them have restrictions relating to how long your guests can stay in your home. For instance, some retirement communities prohibit guests from staying longer than 30 days at a time, while prohibit visits of even shorter duration. If you plan on having your children and grandchildren visiting for extended periods, make sure that the community you choose will allow those visits.
Are There Neighborhood Conveniences Nearby?
If you enjoy taking leisurely walks, you'll want to make sure that there are neighborhood conveniences nearby. Having restaurants, libraries and other conveniences nearby will allow you stay close to home. These conveniences will also come in handy should you become unable to drive yourself around. It's also important to find out where local hospitals and emergency services are in relation to the community you're considering.
Buying a retirement home is a big investment. You want to make sure that you make the right decision. The last thing you want is to purchase a home in a retirement community only to discover that it wasn't the right fit. Before you purchase the home that you plan on retiring in, ask yourself the questions listed above. The answers to those questions will help you choose the home that will be right for you.