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We moved to Las Cruces NM. This is not a financial decision but life style choice. It is very inexpensive here but not a lot of big city amenities. El Paso is the large city but it is not what we were used to in DC. Still, we love this. We get to interact with people much more. Realtors can be a big help but many seem to be dips. Look for one that is business savvy and not just one to show you how big the closets are. Stop in to a LOCALLY owned coffee house and ask questions of the owner. They must know their town or they go under. Find a local bank and talk to them. Same deal. Drive the commute both ways in rush hour. You will be amazed at the difference an hour makes. If you are golfing people, play the local course. If you are church goes, do the same. Do not ask about them as all information is biased. Experience.

Once you move in, make small donations to the local theater group(s) and other arts type organizations. Pay attention to the break points so that an extra dollar may put you into a higher category. Do not make large donations, it will not matter but a donation gets you plugged in. Subscribe to the weekly newspaper as they have all the things to do. They can't afford to hunt up real news. Show up and, better still, volunteer to help.

Plan to throw an open house the second month you are in your new place. Print your own invitations with your contact information and something about your family. Go door to door dropping them off. Keep a list of which houses you met people and which you have to go back to. Record names when you get out of their sight. Not everyone will come but you will have met almost every neighbor personally and in a way that makes them favorable toward you. We found ourselves introducing neighbors to each other.
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We live in the DC area and plan to relocate to a saner and cheaper part of the country. We are currently investigating New Mexico in 3 years but a possible promotion offer might place us in North Carolina in the next 6 months or less. The relocation costs would be paid and NC looks like a darn good second choice from NM. However, it has accelerated our thinking about the retirement house.

As always, I am turning to my fellow fools for their experiences. We have made a requirements list that covers criteria like bedrooms & baths. We have the budget nailed down but none of these things really restrict our choices. One thing would be to draw a circle around the new employment location signifying a 30 minute commute and still would leave a BUNCH of homes and neighborhoods.

So, we (perhaps) are moving into a new state where we don't have any information about the neighborhoods, etc. I am looking for the traditional "things to consider" and any suggestions about how to research this.
Thanks.


I found your post by searching for retirement boards. Slim pickings.

Have you actually retired by now? Any comments Advice?

My wife will turn 62 at the end of this year, and we are considering "what to do next".

I am mailing this to you as well as positing.
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We moved to Las Cruces NM. This is not a financial decision but life style choice. It is very inexpensive here but not a lot of big city amenities. El Paso is the large city but it is not what we were used to in DC. Still, we love this. We get to interact with people much more. Realtors can be a big help but many seem to be dips. Look for one that is business savvy and not just one to show you how big the closets are. Stop in to a LOCALLY owned coffee house and ask questions of the owner. They must know their town or they go under. Find a local bank and talk to them. Same deal. Drive the commute both ways in rush hour. You will be amazed at the difference an hour makes. If you are golfing people, play the local course. If you are church goes, do the same. Do not ask about them as all information is biased. Experience.

Once you move in, make small donations to the local theater group(s) and other arts type organizations. Pay attention to the break points so that an extra dollar may put you into a higher category. Do not make large donations, it will not matter but a donation gets you plugged in. Subscribe to the weekly newspaper as they have all the things to do. They can't afford to hunt up real news. Show up and, better still, volunteer to help.

Plan to throw an open house the second month you are in your new place. Print your own invitations with your contact information and something about your family. Go door to door dropping them off. Keep a list of which houses you met people and which you have to go back to. Record names when you get out of their sight. Not everyone will come but you will have met almost every neighbor personally and in a way that makes them favorable toward you. We found ourselves introducing neighbors to each other.
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As far as a retirement house - look at access - door widths - stairs (God forbide),
We are beginning to do home renovations where doorways inside the house are under 30"
wide in some cases. Typical wheelchair access needs 36" (note that a child's wheelchair
can be 32" and is sometimes suited for a small stature adult) and a turning radius is
about 48" - including access for a lift. Our master bathroom tub/shower is a relatively
low step to enter - but a shower or no-step bathtub might be something to consider. We
are going to convert to a walk-in shower with a built-in seat.
Our doorways in the house are all less than 36" and so we are looking at removing all
the doors except where privacy is really a benefit and just going with openings - no
doors between the kitchen and den or the kitchen and dining room.

We are in a 3-level house - but if a person were wheelchair bound they could live
comfortably on the middle floor. We had an "in-law" compatible lower level with a
shower and bathroom facility - and had planned on putting in a kitchenette if we
had to have a set of the family move in - but this did not prove needed - but we had
not thought about DW or I needing care.

Howie52
We also had friends where the husband had a stroke and became paralyzed neck-down.
We learned a lot from their family and what they did to keep the gentleman at home.
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