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Preparing for your retirement

13 May 2014 No Comment

canstockphoto15972889While most readers of this blog are generally young, there are some older readers and whether you are due to retire imminently or still have plenty of time left in the ‘rat race’, now is a good time to start thinking about how to prepare yourself. After all, with finances to be put in place and a whole new lifestyle to consider, there is no time like the present.

Finances

The chances are that you will have been saving for retirement for some time now or will at least have some idea of what you want to do. If not, now is the time to start; finance is the most important thing to consider and planning should never be left too late. After all, retirement is supposed to be when you really start living.

Now is the time to draw up a retirement budget. What living expenses will you need? How will you fund a final move or hobbies? What benefits and social security are you entitled to and when should you apply to receive financial aid? How will you invest any money made if you’re downsizing? Some people may even query when or even if, they can retire. Try talking over any concerns with a financial adviser who will be able to make clear, concise plans with you to make the most of your money and time. After all, it’s important to know what you will have, what you are entitled to and how best to spend it.

Housing

Something else to consider when preparing for retirement is where you will live. Will you remain in the same house for as long as possible? Would you consider downsizing? Perhaps you are going to move closer to family and friends or to a new area entirely. Again, this isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. There are a number of factors that need your consideration when planning a move into retirement, such as finance, your current and future health and the proximity of important services. At this stage in life you will be thinking about your ‘forever’ home, the last move you will make. This new property will need to tick all of your boxes, fulfilling each requirement to ensure it is somewhere you will feel safe and happy.

Retirement communities present the perfect solution to many people looking to retire into a safe and nurturing environment. They give residents independence and choice whilst providing security and peace of mind. Such communities offer a great balance between living your own life and never being far from help should it be needed. Retirement communities will often offer full programs of events and activities, provide dining options and introduce residents to those who share their hobbies and passions, all whilst allowing you to live as you wish.

Time

What will you do with your time once you retire? Do you have a particular hobby that you are keen to develop or a new activity you would like to try? You may even be looking forward to exploring a little more of the world. Whatever you decide to do, it is only sensible to consider any major plans when planning your retirement. Some travel and leisure pursuits can work out to be very costly and must be factored into your retirement budget, while others may even be dependent upon where you live.

Most importantly, though, remember to enjoy this new found freedom. Although it is essential to put plans in place for all eventualities, now is your time, so make the most of it.

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