23 June 2020 5 min read

Stockland’s General Manager of Sales, Stephanie Mackenzie explores what Australians should consider when looking for their perfect retirement home
Determining the deal-breakers

We all have different priorities when it comes to choosing a retirement home, whether that be a sense of community, privacy, space, convenience or closeness to family. It is important to understand these drivers - reflecting on your specific needs and values - and determining your deal-breakers.

Once your drivers and deal-breakers are well thought through, it’s good to share these with your Stockland Sales Professional to ensure you’re looking at property and community options that are best suited to you.

 
Understanding the options available

Stockland offers a range of retirement living options to cater for many different lifestyles. By knowing what is of importance to you, Stockland will be able to help you make the right choice.

See some example options below:

● Stockland offers independent living villas or units which include one, two and three bedroom options to suit a variety of size needs and budgets.

● A Stockland independent living apartment features modern designs with bright, open-plan living spaces, contemporary kitchens, and either a balcony or private courtyard.

● Stockland serviced apartments are designed for those who still want to enjoy the benefits of living in a community whilst maintaining independence through the assistance of additional personal services.

With a variety available, we recommend home buyers look into any options that are of interest and get a good feel for your potential new community before you buy. This can be achieved by calling our Sales Professionals, speaking with our village team, and doing a face to face or virtual tour.

You might even want to attend one of the many friendly events at one of our villages, where you can meet existing residents who may soon be your new neighbours and friends. Our residents have been in your shoes and would be delighted to share their experiences with you.

 

Knowing when to take the first steps

With 65 being the new 55, we recommend you start looking at your options early and start clearing your existing home, even if you are still active and living independently. This will ensure you have plenty of time to understand what retirement living options are available, and to know if the look and feel of Stockland’s villages are right for you.

While moving into a retirement community may not be in your immediate plans, the biggest regret we hear from those who’ve joined our communities is that they didn’t start the process of searching for their retirement home early enough.

 

Looking at the benefits of living in a Stockland retirement community

Stockland offers an array of benefits including the Stockland Benefits+ program which provides you access to flexible services, exclusive discounts and deals with local businesses. There also may be less maintenance compared to your current home, downsizing assistance when moving, the option to be as much or little as involved in the community as you would like, and of course Stockland’s affordability, assisting retirees to free up equity to give you freedom to enjoy the best years of your life.

We believe in the value of continuous improvement for our residents at Stockland, meaning all of our team members go above and beyond to ensure requests from the community are heard. An example of this is the Stockland Residents’ Voice Survey which asks residents of Stockland retirement villages to rate their levels of happiness and personal well-being, seeks feedback on the quality of community facilities and gains an understanding of the residents’ satisfaction with their social life and the friendliness of neighbours within the village.

 

Exploring the costs to factor in when looking to move

As there is a variety of Stockland retirement villages and living styles to look into, all with varying price options, we recommend you speak with a Stockland Sales Professional to discuss what is available and best suited to your needs.

 
More Information

To find out more, visit one of our Stockland Retirement Living communities or call us on 1800 72 71 70.

 

Disclaimer

Stockland has not contributed any of the information in the article and passes it on without endorsing or adopting its content. 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. Published June, 2020.

 

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