4 Steps to Finding the Best Retirement Communities in Madison, Wisconsin

Choosing a retirement community can feel like a monumental decision—and it is. The right community can improve your quality of life, enable you to meet new friends, and give you countless opportunities to take full advantage of your retirement years. Follow these 4 steps when you’re looking to make the search for the best retirement communities in Madison, Wisconsin easier.

The first step to finding the best retirement communities in Madison, Wisconsin is to choose a neighborhood.

Step 1: Choose a neighborhood

First, take a look at the big picture. Where do you want to live? If you've been in Madison for a while, you know which neighborhoods you tend to prefer, where the best shopping areas are, and how to get to your favorite restaurants. But if you're new to the area, it makes sense to talk to locals and drive around to visit the neighborhoods where senior living communities are located to see which one feels the most like home. Check out a Madison area street map to learn how to get around in the areas you’re considering.

Step 2: Compare costs and amenities

Once you've narrowed down the best retirement communities in a geographic area, it's time to look at costs and amenities for each property. You may be surprised to learn that retirement communities are more affordable than you might think. It's often cheaper than a mortgage—and it streamlines your monthly bill-paying process with one monthly check that covers your utilities, rent, and maintenance costs. To be sure the property meets your standards, write down the amenities that are important to you, then check to ensure each property you’re considering checks all the boxes. The retirement communities that offer the amenities you want and cost less than you’re paying now are the best value.

Step 3: Tour the properties

Taking a tour of the communities you're considering is the single best way to get a feel for the atmosphere, layout, and personality. Your best bet is to call before you go so the office staff is aware you’re coming, and can offer tailored advice to help you find what you're looking for. Arm yourself with these questions to ask to ensure you find a place that’s right for you. During your tour, pay specific attention to the unit as well as the exterior spaces so you can get a sense of the property’s attention to detail when it comes to maintenance.

Step 4: Plan your move

Once you’ve found a winner property, you’re ready to start planning your move. Thinking ahead goes a long way toward ensuring you get the best possible deal and a seamless transfer to your new place. Ask for recommendations from friends and call Madison area movers (and storage units, if you'll need one) to find out how much they'd charge to move your belongings. 

When you’re looking for the best retirement communities in Madison, WI, we can help determine if our properties are right for you. Search our Madison properties online or feel free to contact us to find out what's available, and the amenities and rent specials each community has to offer. We'd love to show you around!

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