Top tips for finding your perfect retirement property

Moving home is a huge step – and if you’re looking for a retirement property, you need to be sure it’s the right one for you, now and in the future. Here’s some of our top things to consider before making your move.

Location, location, location


Deciding where you want to live in retirement is usually the most important decision – it is definitely the first thing to narrow down. Perhaps you love your local

Cormorant perched on the rocks of filey brigg north yorkshire UK

community and just want to downsize – or upgrade – to a new, more practical, or more contemporary home?

Many people see retirement as the ideal opportunity to fulfil a long-held dream. For some that means moving abroad, for others it’s finding a home in the heart of the countryside or with views of the sea.

If you’re considering relocating, you need to spend plenty of time in the new area to check it’s right for you. Make sure the location offers easy access to amenities and community centres including shops, sports facilities, GP and dental surgeries as well as cafes, pubs and restaurants.

What kind of property do you want?

The next step is accessing what kind of property you would like. A house, cottage, apartment or retirement bungalow? Period charm or contemporary chic? Also consider how much space you actually need. How many bedrooms are essential? And how much square footage, inside or outside, do you actually want to look after long term?

“The maintenance of a larger property was something that we no longer wanted to deal with, and to come here where we have lovely, landscaped gardens without the hassle of constant maintenance is a huge relief – we can just sit back and enjoy.”

– Homeowner, McCarthy Stone


What’s on offer? Facilities, policies, services and activities

If you are considering a retirement development, then as well as the amenities in the local area, you may benefit from a number of onsite facilities and services.

Most McCarthy Stone retirement developments, offer large communal lounges with free WiFi, as well as large and beautifully maintained gardens, terraces or roof terrace for socialising in warmer weather. Hotel-style guest suites provide an additional option for when people come to stay.

Our delightful Retirement Living PLUS apartments also offer onsite restaurants or bistros, as well as health and beauty salons. Optional services include things like cleaning and domestic help or flexible personal care services tailored precisely to you needs.

Finally, if you have a beloved cat, dog or hamster, you’ll need to know that they are welcome wherever you move – with McCarthy Stone the answer is usually yes, of course! 

Making moving easier

One of the biggest barriers to moving house is exactly that – the moving. Rest assured the McCarthy Stone team is on hand to help you through the whole process if required. Our specialist removal teams can help you to declutter and pack, and we can arrange for tradespeople to help you with things like hanging pictures and mirrors – so your new home feels like ‘home’ in no time.