How much staff do they plan to have onsite and what will some of the described roles be? For example, some homes have a gourmet chef on site who cooks the nightly meals. Other roles may include a concierge, a recreation director, etc.
What is the fee structure going to be and what exactly are you going to be paying monthly? You do not want any surprises so make sure you understand what fees will be charged and what the policy is concerning increases in amenities' fees and other rates.
What is the area and neighbourhood like? Are you looking for parkland, shopping, proximity to public transit?
What is the reputation of the builder? Specifically, does the builder have solid backing? Has the builder successfully completed many other projects or projects of a similar scale?
Choosing a retirement home is often a long, involved process that may include several family members; over the years, Comfort Life has offered a wide collection of advice on choosing a retirement home. Even though you will not be touring the retirement residence, it may still be valuable to you to bring our Retirement Home Checklist with you as you talk to the selling agent, so you can know some of the right questions to ask.
Choosing a floor plan
Many people moving into a retirement home suite may not have chosen a floor plan in their lives, ever. Take advantage of this opportunity! Here's a way to customize your living space like never before.
The variety of floor plans available may be a critical difference between several retirement home choices in your list. Quite often, within a specific retirement residence, your choices will be restricted to selections based on size, number of bedrooms or other significant differences. However, between different residences, there may be significant difference in variety available. Make sure you have a look at all the floor plans for all the residences in your area before you finally decide on a new retirement home to move into.
Here are some things to consider as you look at floor plans for retirement suites.
- Consider how your furniture will fit. Chances are that you will have downsized a lot already, but make sure that the furniture you do have will be a proper fit with the floor plan you have in mind.
- Which floor plan best reflects your personality? Do you like or need a lot of room?
- Number of bedrooms? You may have not considered this, but there may be value in having more than one bedroom.
- What feeling do you get as you look at different suites or model units? Ideally, the community has at least one model you can walk through, though it will not likely make all the floor plan options available. In any case, make sure you tour what is available, so you get an idea what works for you.
- Amenities vs. space: what's more important? Does the plan's space budget meet your financial budget? In general, your money goes toward either features or space, and many people focus on space. However, you may want to focus on features you really care about, and compromise on overall space as a means of getting what you want for the price you want.
- Consider how the layout affects socializing, family and visitors.