Regardless of our age, we all like making our day-to-day living as easy as possible.
And when it comes to retirement, the type of home you choose can make a big difference. That's why it's so important to make sure you choose the best property for your lifestyle before you decide to buy.
Is it secure?
After years of living in conventional properties, the idea of sleeping on the ground floor can take some getting used to – especially during hot summers when you like to leave your windows open.
Many modern bungalows come with windows that you can lock while they're open, and some bungalows even come with secure shutters that you can lower at night or while you're out of the house. But for some people, the feeling of being exposed at ground-level might still be unpleasant.
Is it easy to do things around the house?
The most obvious advantage of buying a retirement bungalow is having everything you need on the same level, without worrying about any stairs.
But beyond this, it's important to make sure that the home you buy makes the little things easier, too. A retirement property that's been carefully designed, such as a Retirement Living Apartment, should come with things like lever taps, handrails in the bathroom, and switches, power sockets and kitchen fittings at a convenient height.
Is it easy to maintain?
Without a second floor to worry about, it can be a lot easier to keep up with the maintenance on a bungalow when compared to a house. External painting, cleaning the windows and making repairs are usually less trouble without ladders, and you might find it easier to do a lot of those jobs yourself in a bungalow.
But for many people, these sorts of tiresome jobs aren't really how they'd like to be spending their time when they retire. That's why more and more people are choosing to buy properties where the building maintenance is all taken care of – giving them more time to do the things that really matter.
Are the running costs higher?
Most of the heat that's lost from a home usually escapes through the roof, and a bungalow's roof typically covers twice as much area as the roof of a similar-sized house. That could mean your heating bills in a bungalow end up being higher than you'd expect, so it's important to make sure your property's fully insulated with modern materials before you buy.
Could a McCarthy & Stone retirement property be right for you?
We've been building retirement developments for nearly 40 years, and all of our properties are carefully designed to give you security, comfort and independence. When you buy a Retirement Living Apartment, you'll get:
- A secure home, complete with a video door entry system, lockable windows and a 24-hour emergency call system.
- An apartment that's been designed with you in mind – lifts to every floor, switches and kitchen fittings at convenient heights, lever taps, and grab rails in the bathroom.
- A property that's easy to maintain. We'll take care of the garden and external maintenance, and there's a friendly House Manager on-site during office hours to keep things running smoothly.
- Manageable running costs. There's just one easy service charge, and our modern construction methods mean that heating costs are very often lower than in our customers' previous properties.
If you'd like all of the simplicity and convenience of a retirement bungalow, but with more security, less hassle and a group of like-minded neighbours living nearby, take a look at some of our high-quality retirement properties for sale.