“Aging in place” is a trending topic in real estate that we’ve covered here on the John R Wood blog in the past. But it’s not really an accurate term. It should be thriving in place when thinking of aging and homeownership.
Whatever stage of life you’re in, your home should be a place where you can live your life to the fullest. While many homeowners 50 years and older may stay in their current home, considering renovations that are labeled “aging in place” sounds like slowing down, and most of us aren’t ready to slow down. In fact, many retirees feel like they’re just getting started (especially if it means a move to Sanibel Island).
HomeAdvisor gave a great conclusion on their report on Aging and Homeownership:
“‘Aging in place’ is a misnomer. Whether we’re 25, 45, 65 or 85, our homes aren’t for aging. They’re for thriving. From pancake breakfasts with our kids and Sunday brunches with our friends to holidays with family, movie nights with our spouses and curling up with a good book, our homes are where we do the things we love to do, with the people we love to do them with. Looking at aging in place through a new lens that acknowledges how we live – not just how long we live – will usher in a new generation of home-improvement projects that benefit the young, the young at heart and everyone in between.”
Thriving in place renovations and improvements still consider a more “user-friendly” approach to everyday amenities, like base drawers instead of lower cabinets in the kitchen, a bench seat in the shower, open floor plans, zero-step entrances, and more. Many features appeal to all age groups (no one likes crouching and rummaging through pots and pans in an open abyss of a cabinet).
The report argues that the young and old benefit from these types of home projects, and it’s good to start at any time, giving yourself some time to do it right. And even if you do sell your home, it will appeal to the next buyer, whoever and however old they are!
Most importantly, it’s not about how long we live, it’s about how we want to live. And that starts at home.
Contact one of our knowledgeable Sanibel realtors if you’re interested in Sanibel real estate. You can also search our MLS for available properties, or get in touch with our office at 239-272-2411 for general inquiries. Whether you’re buying, selling, or just looking, we’re more than happy to help you find the Sanibel realtor that’s the right fit for you.
Source: "'Aging in place' isn't a strong marketing tool" -FloridaRealtors "2016 Aging-in-Place Report" -HomeAdvisor
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About the author: Nina Rogers is a writer, designer, and illustrator who grew up on Sanibel Island. As a Communications Content Manager for John R Wood Properties, Nina enjoys keeping people updated with the latest in local news and Sanibel real estate.