If your home is your castle, just imagine how important it will be to you in retirement when you are spending a lot more time there. That’s the thought I had the other day when I took a good look around my humble abode and wondered whether it would suit me heading into my golden years.
Heaven knows I have spent a lot of time, energy and money fixing up my current home. Is it Casa Loma? Well no, but the closest thing I will probably come to a castle on my budget. At any rate, I haven’t really had much time to spend there thanks to my busy work schedule and other demands.
For the last 15 years I have tackled a variety of renovation projects making my 1950s circa house the perfect shelter from the storm. A place I could escape to — retreat from life for a brief while.
But did I do the right renovations that will properly see me into retirement?
Like most people, you don’t want to be hit with heavy duty renovations and expenses in your retirement. I am happy to share my “to do” list of home renovation considerations with you, so that you can tackle them now to ensure that you wind up with a comfortable, liveable and relatively worry-free nest into your retirement years.
Deborah’s retirement reno checklist:
- Need a new roof? Notice any leaks or water damage to your home’s ceilings? Are your soffits, fascia and eavestroughs in working order? I know that’s my new project to tackle this spring.
- Is the grading on your property sloped away from your house as it should be, or is it running towards your home? This is important because you don’t want a leaky basement.
- Have you had a home energy assessment done? This is a professional evaluation of your home’s heating, hot water and ventilation systems, insulation and air leakage. Your home energy assessment report will highlight how your home can be improved to reduce energy costs and improve comfort.
- Have you had your furnace “red-tagged” recently or do you want to avoid this headache by having it repaired or replaced?
- Do you currently live in a house with many stairs and wonder how you will negotiate those stairs if you have arthritis? You may want to consider bungalow or condo living, with everything on one level.
- Take a good look at your kitchen and bathroom. You may wish to consider assistive devices that will make it easier to function in the house and do things that you enjoy.
- Or you may consider remodelling, like putting in a no-step or sit-in shower or creating a more open floor plan in case you need to move around in a wheelchair or walker.
Take stock of the common hazards around your home. It’s important to identify items that will lower your future costs and in turn promote your independence and wellbeing.