Monday August 26, 2019
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to double from 2018 to 2060, skyrocketing from 52 million to 95 million seniors in a little over 40 years. By that time, seniors will comprise 23% of the entire U.S. population -- and we'll need more housing options to accommodate these individuals.
Thanks to modern medicine and greater awareness in terms of personal well-being, we're living longer than ever. But not every senior wants to move to an independent living facility or downsize into a condo. For many seniors (or soon-to-be seniors), new construction homes can provide the flexibility and convenience they need for the foreseeable future. Let's take a closer look at a few of the reasons why those facing retirement might want to consider new construction homes as a viable option.
- Less Maintenance Required: One of the main reasons older people decide to move into new homes is to escape necessary upkeep. While some housework can keep you active as you age, no one wants to deal with difficult maintenance tasks -- especially the ones that are often required with older homes. And while 35% of all remodeling jobs involve renovating the entire home, most seniors want to avoid having to deal with major reconstruction on their current property. But since new construction homes are turnkey and will have virtually no repairs that need to be performed, homeowners can sit back, relax, and enjoy the property. Rather than dreading what contractors and technicians might find during a yearly inspection, older occupants can obtain valuable peace of mind knowing that every element is new and is made to last.
- More Ability to Customize: When you move into an older home or a senior living facility, you might not have a lot of control over your surroundings. If you aren't willing to take on major renovations or aren't allowed to do more than make minimal, cosmetic changes, you may be stuck with a property that doesn't fit your unique needs or your personal tastes. But custom-built homes allow for greater personalization from the start. Whether you plan to have multiple generations living under one roof or you want to age in peace, builders for new construction homes can incorporate the features and layouts you really need. That way, you'll never have to simply "make do" with what's already there; you can take an active part in the process and ensure you'll be comfortable and safe in your new surroundings for many years to come.
- Improved Sense of Community: According to a recent survey conducted by AARP, one in three older Americans is lonely. Senior loneliness and isolation can lead to all sorts of emotional and physical issues, making it imperative for us to stay social as we age. Senior living facilities are often appealing for this reason, but not everyone wants to give up their independence and move into a community like that. However, many home builders will specifically develop properties in close-knit communities. Older homeowners will have neighbors nearby and may even be able to choose a home's location due to its proximity to other seniors or to other facilities that seniors frequent (like community centers). Although not every new build will automatically come with this benefit, senior homeowners will have the freedom to look for properties that can improve their ability to socially interact with others.
Each senior's needs will differ, but new home designs can provide a number of advantages for older Americans. To learn more about our home building services, please contact us today.