Pros and cons of retirement bungalows
There are some pros and cons to consider when choosing whether to move into an over-55 retirement bungalow. Here are our thoughts…
Pros: simplicity and flexibility
The single-storey build makes getting around safer and easier for those of us who are less able, or simply less confident dashing up and down stairs. Bungalows tend to be smaller with fewer rooms than a house, therefore easier to maintain and less arduous to clean.
You’ll also enjoy a quieter setting without busy young families living in close proximity, ideal if you’re seeking some tranquillity in later life. If you move into a retirement village then handy communal facilities can include shared gardens, leisure facilities and even a restaurant or café. Pets are usually welcome too!
Some over 55 retirement bungalows also provide care and support services onsite. Some have the benefit of 24-hour support should you have an emergency or require assistance.
Cons: an expensive choice?
On the other hand, retirement housing can be more expensive to rent or purchase compared to properties elsewhere.
Furthermore, if you purchase a leasehold retirement bungalow then you will usually have to pay ground rent and a service charge, too. Service charges cover the cost of services provided by the freeholder which can include repairs, maintenance of communal areas, insurance and more.