With its clean environment, gardening weather, preserved forests, lakes, public golf courses and cultural diversity, Vancouver is definitely one of the best places to spend your golden years in. In fact, it was featured in Where to Retire Magazine’s best places for retirees. In East Vancouver alone, there are multiple communities to choose from which provide easy access to retirees’ daily necessities and recreation, and the much-coveted proximity to nature. If you are considering buying East Vancouver real estate to spend your retirement years in, here are some senior-friendly features you may want to look for:
Open spaces. Many seniors opt for smaller living spaces, but having an extra bedroom or two would be great for families and friends who visit. Additionally, it might pay to look for houses with wide hallways, open spaces and big doorways so you can easily move should you need to use a walker or a wheelchair in the future. To further add space, reduce the clutter by limiting your furniture and appliances. This doesn’t only help you save on cost but this also means you need less cleaning and maintenance.
Bathroom. The bathroom must have enough space for a walker, a wheelchair and a personal aide to maneuver. It would be great if safety features or appliances such as grab bars are already installed. If safety features have to be added, make sure there is enough room for them.
Stairs. The best option is to find a single-level home. If there are stairs, see to it that the steps are flattened, the hand rails are sturdy enough to support your weight, and there’s sufficient lighting. If the steps and handrails are made of wood, check for loose nails or worn treads.
Easy access. Find a property with storage spaces that won’t require you to climb, bend or overstretch as this can seriously strain your body and become a safety issue. Check out the height of the appliances. Do you have to bend when using the washer or the dishwasher, or do you need them raised to a more comfortable height? The right appliances should require the least effort to operate.
Your retirement years should be all about making new and exciting memories, without having to stress about the small things. Having a cozy home to settle in is essential for a satisfying retirement life. To find the East Van real estate that meets your retirement needs, consult with brokers from firms such as Real East Van and tell them about your specific needs and preferences. You can count on them to help you find that perfect home.
Source: Magazine: Vancouver is a great place to retire, The Columbian
Source: 5 Factors to Look at When Buying a Retirement Home, CheatSheet.com