Monica Quaresima, Stockland Sales Manager, shares a step by step guide on how to find the perfect retirement home and community.
Firstly, if you are looking to downsize or retire it’s important to think about your current and future needs to ensure you choose the right living option for you. This could be feeling a sense of community, being close to family, opportunity to join activities / hobby groups, access to health care, safety and security, or privacy.
This then needs to be evaluated against what you need, for example, the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, study, garage, and what is feasible within your budget. There might even be a way for you to free up some equity to do the things you love!
Once you’ve identified what’s important and feasible for you we’d encourage you to speak with a Stockland Sales Professional to explore the different options available to meet your specific needs, values and ideal lifestyle. Stockland has a range of different living options including independent living villas, units and apartments as well as serviced apartments if you’d like extra support on-hand nearby.
In response to COVID-19, Stockland has adapted its processes to offer more options to ask questions and view the homes and communities available. Now you can book private ‘face-to-face’ meetings or organise a virtual tour so that you can see your potential new home and community without leaving your existing one. Many potential residents find it helpful to come along to one of the events held at the villages so they can meet other like-minded residents and get a sense of the community before they make a decision.
If you would like to view and discuss the available options in-person, Stockland is still offering appointment-only consultations at sales offices across the country. Speak to your local Stockland Sales Professional to discuss the best option for you.
To organise a virtual tour or ‘face-to-face meeting, as well as for any enquiries, you can speak to a friendly Stockland call the contact centre on 1800 72 71 70.
After choosing the living option and community that meets your needs and lifestyle, you can exclusively reserve your home and then focus your efforts on selling your existing property.
To do this, you will need to connect with a Stockland Sales Professional and sign a disclosure document and any other relevant documents required which hold the property for 3-4 months, giving you peace of mind. There is no deposit required. Once a settlement is received, you can move then move into your new home and start this new and exciting chapter.
Stockland is here to guide you through your entire moving process, from start to finish and can be your point of contact from moving through to settling into your new home. We can recommend experts who can help you sell your existing home, assist you to downsize, and help you move into your new home.
We understand that moving out of the family home can stir up emotions so Stockland Sales Professionals, our partners and community managers are dedicated to supporting you through this transition.
Stockland provides different options if you change your mind depending on where you are on your home-buying journey. If you change your mind during the reservation process, all you need to do is notify Stockland in writing of your decision and no penalties or costs will apply.
Once settled, Stockland offers a Change of Mind Money Back Guarantee* within six months of the move-in date. Once you’ve notified Stockland that you want to move out, Stockland will refund all payments you have made to Stockland for your home including maintenance fees. The fees that you will be responsible for are the costs payable for your home to third parties (if applicable) such as, removalist fees, solicitor fees, and utilities like electricity and gas.
To find out more about our Change of Mind Money Back Guarantee* or to make an enquiry, visit your closest Stockland Retirement Living communities or call us on 1800 72 71 70.
* Change of Mind Guarantee Offer does not apply to Aspire by Stockland products. Stockland will refund all amounts you have paid to Stockland for your home (and if applicable the purchase price paid to the previous owner for a strata title purchase) if you notify Stockland that you want to move out of the village within 6 months of moving in. Offer excludes any amounts payable to third parties for upfront costs (e.g. removalist fees and stamp duty) or ongoing costs (e.g. strata levies and utilities) in relation to your home. Offer applies to reservations made on or after 1 November 2015. Offer is subject to terms and conditions to be included as part of the applicable residence contract. For more information speak to a Stockland Sales Professional.
While every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information, Stockland does not warrant or represent that the information in this article is free from errors or omissions or is suitable for your intended use. Subject to any terms implied by law and which cannot be excluded, Stockland accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage, cost or expense (whether direct or indirect) incurred by you as a result of any error, omission or misrepresentation in information. Stockland reserves the right to change or amend details as circumstances dictate. This article may refer to features which are not available for all homes or may vary between homes. Stockland recommends you seek independent legal and financial advice before entering into a contract. Published June, 2020.