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Discover your next home at a retirement development open day

Published: 13 February 2020

Retirement development open days are a great opportunity to have a good look around the retirement apartments and to see the retirement development for yourself. It’s also good to meet the house manager and to ask them any questions you may have about the services and facilities on offer there.

1. Ask to see if the house manager is available

The house manager is usually available to answer any questions you may have. For example, a common question that’s asked is: ‘what’s included in the service charge?’, ‘What social activities are on offer?’, ‘What security is there?’ Or, ‘what are the care packages on offer and what do they cost?’

2. Many open days are hosted by an estate agent

Many open days are hosted by an estate agent. If they’re on hand, they’re usually more than happy to give you a guided tour of the retirement apartments for sale. They can also show you all the different features and services available. Many of which are difficult to see from the glossy brochure.
The benefit of using an independent specialist retirement estate agent is they are empathetic towards the retirement move process. In addition, they have specialist knowledge in the field that can smoothly guide you through the buying process.

Many features are good to see first-hand. These may include: the CCTV on the door, anti-slip floors, grab rails and the emergency pull cords usually located in the bathroom.

3. Ask for a guided tour of the retirement development

You can usually ask for a guided tour of the whole retirement development. This enables you to see the different facilities on offer. These facilities usually include: an on-site restaurant – where you can view the menu, the communal residents lounge – where you can see the tea and coffee making facilities, the types of chairs available and the flat screen TV if there is one.

Other facilities may include a wellbeing suite, hair salon, treatment station, sun terrace, café, electric battery store, communal laundry room, conservatory, guest suite and car park.

Open days also provide a great opportunity to walk around the landscaped gardens, take a seat in the outdoor seating area to really get a feel for the place. Many retirement developments are located near to a town, so it’s good to walk around to get a feel for the location.

It’s also a great opportunity to meet other residents who live in the retirement development. They are usually happy to answer any questions you may have about what it is really like to live there.

Many people who have made the move to a retirement development have often done so after downsizing their home and they have never looked back. Living in a retirement development provides many benefits that make life easier and enjoyable.

RetirementMove frequently run retirement development open days, why not find one near you.

RetirementMove have nearly 300 luxury 1 and 2-bedroom retirement apartments for sale across the UK. These are from leading house builders such as Churchill Retirement Living, McCarthy & Stone, Fleur-De-Lis and Renaissance Retirement. Why not have a browse through these to find your perfect retirement home.