7 home-buying tips for active adults who aspire to discover a new home
For active adults, whether empty-nesters, established professionals or even the newly retired, the process of buying a home can seem daunting. Fortunately, many homebuilders are creating tight-knit communities to meet the unique needs and priorities of those who are in a transitional stage, jumping from one life adventure into the next. Before you start your home search, consider these 7 tips to help you make smarter, more informed home-buying decisions.
Look for homes that keep maintenance to a minimum
Recognize you aren’t just looking for a home, but for a lifestyle. An advantage of being an active adult or empty-nester is flexibility: the ability to grab your bags, lock the front door and take off on visits and vacations without worrying about upkeep on your property. Consider prioritizing communities that offer a maintenance-free living experience, especially for a second home or seasonal residence. Some communities may even provide snow removal, lawn mowing and landscaping services, allowing homeowners to enjoy the benefits of a luxurious and independent lifestyle without the stress, expense and inconvenience of extensive upkeep.
Consider how much privacy you need
Many active adults looking for a new home are moving from a condo or other multifamily product. If you’ve already discovered you don’t like the noise and inconveniences of attached homes and value the space and privacy of a detached home, don’t make the same mistake twice. Look for active adult communities where all homes are detached and free standing.
Understand what kind of space will work for you
Most homes built for active adults are ranch-style concepts, designed to give you everything you need on a single floor. It isn’t only how your home is laid out, but its function and purpose as well. For instance, if storage is a concern, some buyers opt for fully finished basements, which can increase your square footage and provide valuable space for guests or hobbies.
Find a location that’s close to things and people you love
Finding active adult communities built in the heart of prime civic real estate can be difficult. Look for homes with ready access to retail, dining and entertainment, as well as golf and other outdoor recreation. Above all, look for homes in neighborhoods where you are already living. That’s where you’ve made friends and memories. How great would it be to be able to stay in or near the communities you have come to love, enjoying the benefits of a gorgeous new home without the challenges of a major relocation?
Find a community, not just a location
Many active adult communities are large, with neighborhoods of 500-600 homes (or more). Consider narrowing your search to active adult communities specifically designed on a smaller scale. Smaller neighborhoods of 40-50 homes tend to feel more intimate and give you a better opportunity to get to know your neighbors. This isn’t just a social benefit, but provides a welcome sense of security, as well.
Consider efficiency and style
Prioritize new construction. If you’re coming from a large, older home, the appeal of energy efficient features, materials and technologies — and much lower utility bills — is enticing. New builds also have updated materials and design schemes that today’s buyers are looking for. It’s a combination of technological and aesthetic updates that feel clean, new and chic.
Don’t forget personalization and amenities
Consider what level of customization makes sense for you. Homes and communities designed and built for active adults may have color combinations preselected with designer-inspired features and high-end amenities. That can be appealing for some homebuyers, who may feel overwhelmed at the prospect of picking out every last fitting and finish.
Above all, remember: your new home is an investment in your future. Take the time to get it right and make sure you’re getting exactly what you want. This isn’t just about buying a house, it’s about living your life — and you deserve a high-quality, new-construction home that allows you to do what you want and live where and how you want.
You can find all of this and more in The Aspire Collection from Pinnacle Homes. The Aspire Collection is less about floor plans and more about making plans. Nestled in communities rich with shopping, restaurants and entertainment, active adults can pursue their passions in homes matching their lifestyle. The Aspire Collection delivers an unmatched degree of quality only achieved in a new home, and the result is a mix of luxury and suitability in the communities where you live, work and play.
If this sounds like the perfect home solution for you, contact Pinnacle Homes today to learn more about our available homes in a neighborhood near you.
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