Moving Long Distance for Retirement
Perhaps your parents just announced their retirement, and you want to help them pack up and move across the country, so that they can enjoy warmer weather and less stress; or you and your partner want to relocate closer to your kids (and grandkids), you’re furiously researching retirement destinations. Picking a great place to move to should involve a somewhat rigorous process.
You need to look at metrics that are important to you. For instance, perhaps you don’t have that much money in savings or retirement, and you want to live comfortably. In that case, look for a place where housing prices are moderate and where cost of living is low. Climate might also be a consideration. Many retirees relocate from winter weather states, like New York and Ohio, down to warmer weather states, like Florida and Arizona. However, maybe that’s not your style. Maybe you prefer to live in a cosmopolitan area, like Pittsburgh, PA or Austin, TX, to partake in culture (e.g. shows, museums, political groups, etc.).
Here is John Brady’s (of topretirements.com) list of Best Places in the U.S. to Retire:
- Prescott, Arizona
- Venice, Florida
- Fort Myers, Florida
- San Antonio, Texas
- Tucson, Arizona
Your best bet is to not get caught up in “best of” lists: instead, strive to understand your own parameters, needs and desires in a retirement destination.
One of the best ways to figure this out is to imagine a scenario in which you delegate your retirement process to somebody else. What rules would you tell that person about how to approach the retirement process? For instance, might say “don’t spend more than an x amount on a new home” or “make sure I live near my grandkids.” These imaginary instructions are your guiding principles for the out-of-state moving project; write them all down and refer to them as you weigh your options.
If you only want to spend a fixed amount of time at the new destination, you want a safe and secure storage location for furniture and belongings that don’t need to go with you.
See Also: 4 Long Distance Moving Tips
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