Curb Appeal Basics

When I decided that I was going to put my house on the market, I knew that I would have to do some renovating first. The house was a good, solid structure, but I hadn’t kept up the outside of it as well as my husband did before he passed away. I knew that I would need curb appeal if I wanted the place to sell quickly. I had my yard landscaped, my home exterior repainted, and my driveway replaced before putting the home on the market. It cost me a bit of money, but it was worth it – the house sold quickly and I was able to move into my brand new condo – much less maintenance work for me. I started this blog about curb appeal, to help others learn how to move their homes quickly too.

Finding The Best Retirement Communities For People Who Are Semi-Retired

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You no longer want to cope with all the work required to maintain your house and property. Since you're a senior citizen or approaching senior age, you think buying a manufactured home, a condo or an apartment in a retirement community might be a nice option. However, you want to work part-time for at least a few years yet. Consider the features to look for in a retirement community if you plan to continue working for now.

General Policies for Residents

Your first step is to learn which communities accept residents who are still employed. Some require their residents to be fully retired, while others welcome residents who are semi-retired -- in other words, still working part-time.

Your Home Office

Your job may involve doing some computer work from home or checking in from home occasionally. You may want to have a home office, even if it's just a corner of the living room or part of a bedroom. Make sure the living spaces in this community have reliable high-speed Internet capability and plenty of outlets for your computer equipment. 

Convenient Parking

If you need to regularly use your vehicle at specific times of the week, you may prefer to have a garage. Fully retired individuals often can put off certain activities when the weather is uncooperative, but a part-time job probably won't allow you to do that. You may not like going to your car early in the morning and having to scrape frost or brush off several inches of snow. 

Amenities

Not all active senior living communities provide exterior home maintenance and yard upkeep. If you buy real estate in a community of manufactured homes, for instance, you may be responsible for that work. If you don't want to take on this responsibility, you'll need to look elsewhere or hire a reliable individual to do the tasks for you. 

You also might be interested in a retirement community, like Concord Retirement Residence, that offers housekeeping and laundry service. Some active senior communities have opportunities for group meals in a restaurant-like setting. These amenities allow you to have extra time for activities you enjoy more than cooking and cleaning.  

Selecting the Best Option

Take your time when deciding on the type of living arrangement and community that will be best for your own particular preferences. You'll want to compare the different options and get a good sense of which ones are most appealing. Then you'll know for sure which place you want to move into and have the peace of mind that you're making the right decision. 

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15 January 2015