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How to Settle Into Your Retirement Home

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Now that you’ve purchased your retirement home, you have the task of settling in. The task may seem daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. To make this a quick and pleasant experience, we outline a few simple steps you can follow. 

Step 1: Complete Maintenance Tasks

Your first order of business in your new home is to complete any maintenance tasks. You may be tempted to put these off, but don’t. They’ll just be hanging over your head. If you have only small jobs, DIY Joy notes that you can probably manage them on your own. Fixing squeaky doors or touching up paint won’t take much time. If the items on your to-do list are larger, though, consider hiring a handyman service to take care of them. You’ll get a professional job with much less fuss.

Step 2: Decide on a Home Warranty

Next, you should decide whether to purchase a home warranty for your new place. A home warranty covers issues that your homeowner’s insurance may not, things like home systems malfunctions and appliance breakdowns. Depending on the scope of coverage for appliances, this can include your washer and dryer, dishwasher, garbage disposal, built-in microwave, and more. Take a look at the home inspection report you received at the time of your purchase, and look for any red flags that might indicate future problems. When looking at options, carefully read reviews of various providers to ensure that your choice is worth the price.

Step 3: Decorate

Now the fun can start, and you can decorate your new home. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this. Simply make your house reflect your style. This might mean painting some rooms in light, bright vibrant colors or installing new flooring. Even changing out light fixtures or cabinet knobs can make a big difference. Bring in furniture that suits your taste as well as your personal artwork, photographs, and collections. Your new home will reflect you more and more each day.

Be sure to choose decor that helps maintain positive energy in your home. If you feel things taking a negative turn, be sure to cleanse your space as needed.

Step 4: Purchase Some New Products

You may decide that you want to purchase a few new products to improve your new place. These could be larger purchases like security or smart home systems or smaller items like an air purifier or stylish bedding. Before you purchase anything, read some in-depth product reviews from credible sources. Find out if other customers have been satisfied with the items or if they’ve run into problems. You can save yourself some hassle by avoiding products that have poor ratings.

Step 5: Set Up a Home Office

Perhaps you’ve decided that retirement is actually a little boring. In that case, you may want to go back to work part-time as a freelancer or consultant. You’ll likely be working from home, so set up a designated office space. Reduce your stress during work time by keeping to a schedule, making your office comfortable and relaxing (perhaps with some plants or flowers), purchasing necessary equipment and furnishings, and taking frequent breaks to move around and stretch. You’ll be able to fight the boredom and still maintain your balance and peace.

Step 6: Enjoy Your New Home

Finally, enjoy your new home. When you’ve done the maintenance, decided on a home warranty, decorated, treated yourself to some new products, and set up your home office, you can sit back and relax.

Guest article by: Nick Burton –

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