I, myself, don't want two residences. Aside from the issue of carrying two houses financially, I don't want the responsibility of having to worry about two places. What if there's a break-in? What if a pipe bursts? What if there's a big storm?
Besides, I can tell by the long list of fix-it jobs and home-improvement ideas sitting there on the counter by my refrigerator -- one house, by itself, is as much as I can handle.
Of course, the first place I can think to retire is right here, at home, where I've been living for most of my life. I'm familiar with the area. This is where my friends are. And my kids are not too far away, either.
|Gee, a place like this would be nice!|
But my younger child graduated from high school seven years ago. So why am I still paying for those wonderful schools? Do I want to keep on doing that into my dotage?
And there are plenty of other expenses to bust the budget of anyone who is no longer working: income taxes, sales taxes, insurance, electric bills, heating bills, restaurant prices; heck, even the price of gasoline is high around where I live, higher than pretty much anywhere else I go except for Connecticut.
I do get a senior citizen discount at the multiplex, and also at the public golf course. It's nice, but saves me a negligible amount of money.
Then there's the weather. It's nice that we get four seasons here in the north. Spring is beautiful; summer doesn't get too hot; fall is invigorating. But then there's winter. And this year, anyway, winter seemed to last forever. We got some snow and ice on April 1 ... a cruel April Fool's joke!
|This is April!?!|
In future posts, I'll periodically update my search for my retirement paradise. Our search. For surely, B will have some of her own opinions. (Boy, is that an understatement!) And knowing us, it'll take a while to make a decision. (Like, several years). In the meantime, I'd welcome any suggestions or ideas, pros or cons, helpful hints or knowledgeable warnings.