- Staging. For someone who has lived in his or her home for decades, it’s easy to get stuck in dreadful decorating habits. The décor may be dated. The furniture might be older or scuffed. There might be a giant collection of stuffed animals in the guest bedroom. Whatever the case, some retirement communities are hiring professional stagers to freshen up the interior and give the home a look that is appealing to all potential buyers.
- Home Repairs. Just because the steady drip-drip noise in the bathroom doesn’t bother you doesn’t mean that it won’t bother potential buyers. Many retirement communities are now offering some of these home maintenance services so that you can put your house on the market sooner and potentially get a better offer.
- Bridge Loans. Say that you want to sell your home but it’s taking a long time. Since retirement communities want you to move in before you change your mind, their incentive is to help ease your move faster. Therefore, it’s becoming more common for communities to provide “bridge loans,” which allow you to prepay your entrance fee while you wait for your home to sell. Having paid the entrance fee, you can move into the community. Once your home sells, you pay off the loan with the proceeds.
- Moving. Once you’ve sold your home (or perhaps even before), moving can become a challenge. It’s not uncommon for retirement communities to offer complementary moving and/or organizing services. Whether you want to pare down your belongings or simply not have to worry about the move, these professionals can help you make the transition.
Even if the community is not offering these services as part of a move-in package, you still might be able to negotiate some of these services into the contract. After all, the goal is to get you to move in, and marketing offices will do what it takes to seal the deal.