Part 2 Of How To Choose The Right Independent Living Community
Part 2 Of How To Choose The Right Independent Living Community
Now that you have decided an independent living community is right for you, here are some things to consider when you visit different communities:
The People You should get an understanding for the people who live there and what they are like. Talk to the residents and staff and see if they are friendly. Do the residents seem truly independent and do you share some of their same hobbies and interests? You want to know if these potential neighbors are people you will want over for dinner!
The Place Decide if you prefer a small, quiet community or a large, bustling one. There are some communities in large apartment-like buildings and some in quaint gated communities. If you’ve only ever lived in a house, will an apartment on the 10th floor make you feel confined? Make sure to take note of the space residents have in their unit. Notice if there is adequate room for guests, storage, stairs, ramps, etc. Also, is it pet friendly? What are the restrictions, if any, for little things like displaying the American flag on holidays? Parking a motor home in the drive way?
The Location Prioritize what is important to near you. Are you close to friends and family? Do you feel safe in the neighborhood? How far are your doctors and/or hospital? If you like to go out on the town or enjoy nature, where are the nearest shopping centers, restaurants, parks, or theater? Are you within walking distance to any grocery stores or pharmacies? Is there a gym in the community or one close by?
The Things to Do Since you will be spending a majority of your time in this community, make sure there are plenty of activities or people who want to do activities! Is there a recreational center? A common area? Is there a reading group? Are there clubs or leagues to join? A golf group? Are there residents who like to ride bikes? Go to the beach? Travel? Bird watch?
The Costs Check to see if costs are in line with the market prices of similar housing in that region. Sometimes there can be shared costs like common utilities, taxes, and community services, while other services like housekeeping are usually additional.
Low income seniors can find subsidized programs through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Here are some costs to consider when researching independent living communities. Ask if they’re included:
Waiting list deposit
Initial assessment fee
Additional questions to ask:
Is there a pet deposit?
What are the billing and payment options?
What is the policy for fee increases?
Is personal property insurance required?
Moving can be a daunting experience, but my team and I can help you through this process. We walk you through every step of the process from helping you pick a community to packing your stuff to moving you in! If needed, we even will help sell your home! We know that any transition can be difficult, but we are here for you!
IMPORTANT: If you live an area we don't serve, we will help you find a company that does just what we do. Also, if you need to SELL your home, we will find you a "Senior Certified Real Estate Specialist" to help in that area as well. You don't want to work with just any agent, make sure they know how to deal with your specific needs. It is nice to know that you are working with an agent who is adverse in the needs of our senior community. We will do the interviewing for you should you need service outside of our area.
Feel free to contact me at [email protected] or (888) 436-1286 to find out how I can help you!
Author:Julie Cosgrove BRE #00828743 Phone: 209-298-0252 Dated: April 19th 2016 Views: 560 About Julie: Julie was born and raised in Stockton CA, she married her high school sweetheart George and has 2 bo...
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About Julie Cosgrove Real Estate Professionals at Keller Williams Realty
California REALTOR® Julie Cosgrove is a driven individual that not only pushes herself to achieve excellence but will make it her priority to transform her client’s dream home into a reality. She and her team believe in Exceeding Expectations of their clients
Julie and her team’s positive approach and no nonsense attitude will help guide their client’s through their transaction. They will outline the buying and selling process, stay in close contact and constantly affirm that they have their clients best interest at heart. She and her team strive for trust, coupled with support, so her clients can enjoy a smooth transaction.
Recently Julie started her sister company, One Simple SOLUTION. As Julie’s real estate business grew, she saw a need to help seniors downsize or transition into senior-centered living. The desire of this company is to make our Senior Citizens and families feel as calm and stress free as possible during their transition from one home to the next. One Simple Solutions works hand in hand with each realtor to make sure that their clients is completely taken care of from the packing stages to the complete move to their new location. No stone is left unturned. We offer organization, helpful tips and more to make this move as uncomplicated as possible.
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