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Boost your quality of life with a retirement apartment

We are faced with new challenges at every stage of our lives. When climbing stairs and gardening start to become tricky, it’s worth considering a move to an accessible apartment. That’s why Engel & Völkers is on hand to help you sell your home and buy a new apartment.


Opting to swap your house for an apartment is easier said than done. There are various requirements your new apartment needs to fulfil to remain your home until you’re a ripe old age. Many people also find selling their home and buying an apartment at the same time overwhelming. That’s where we come in: with our quick and professional one-stop-shop service, we can help you sell your house and buy a new apartment to suit you.


Requirements for senior living

What do you need to consider when buying an apartment to retire to? For instance, you should make sure the entrance to the building and the stairwell are well-lit and the lift is accessible. Your new home should also be in a safe area, ideally close to a nursing home. This means you wouldn’t have to move to a new area in later life and could stay close to your social circle. Yet shopping facilities, pharmacies, cultural institutions and medical practices should also be easy to reach on foot or by public transport.


What’s the best approach?

Have you already found a place you like the look of for retirement? When you’re buying a property, things often need to move quickly. Unfortunately, when you’re selling your house, the process can be much more long-winded. If you’re worried your house won’t be sold in time for your planned move-in date, you should negotiate with the seller to defer your purchase. Sometimes sellers relent if you are prepared to pay your deposit earlier.


Have you already got a great offer on the table for your house – but can’t find the right apartment? We recommend accepting the offer anyway, as in the worst case scenario, you can temporarily move into rental accommodation until you find the perfect retirement apartment. Sometimes there’s even the option to continue living in your own home as a tenant. The best thing to do is speak to the buyer and sound out all the different possibilities.


Engel & Völkers will support you every step of the way – whether you’re looking for age-friendly housing or need help selling your house. We’ll take care of the entire sales process and help find the right accessible apartment to suit you.


Contact us for an initial consultation with no obligations. We look forward to hearing from you! 


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