I’ve decided I want to move into a retirement village – what’s next?
So you’ve decided to downsize your house and make the move into a retirement village – well done! Sometimes making the decision is the hardest part.
There are a few steps to be taken before you can move into your affordable and low-maintenance retirement living property.
- Decide the area in which you'd like to live
- Make your initial enquiry
- Receive an information pack and arrange a private viewing appointment
- Secure your new home
- Finalise your contract and move in
1. Decide the area in which you'd like to live
Perhaps you’d like to stay in the same area. Or maybe you’d like a seachange or a treechange! Sit down and think about what amenities and services you’d like nearby, where you’d like to live and how you’ll spend your time. Browsing some retirement villages online may help you to picture your new neighbourhood.
View our retirement living locations to find a village that is in the area you would prefer. We have properties by the coast, in the Adelaide hills, outside the Adelaide CBD and in the southern suburbs. We also have some units in Maitland on the Yorke Peninsula.
2. Make your initial enquiry
The next step is to make some enquiries about the villages in which you’re interested to find out more about availability and pricing.
Eldercare's friendly retirement living sales team are available on (08) 8274 3633 during business hours. During your call we will find out more about your personal requirements, answer any initial questions you may have and make a private appointment to show you through one or more properties if they are available to view. Alternatively, enquire online and we will give you a call back.
3. Receive an information pack and arrange a private viewing appointment
After we have spoken with you about your preferences, we will send you an information pack by post or email. The information pack will include a frequently asked questions document, village information and floor plans with pricing options.
We will contact you a couple of weeks after we have spoken with you to ensure you have received the information pack, answer any questions you may have and offer to show you through your property of interest at a private appointment.
4. Secure your new home
Should you decide to purchase, you will be asked to sign a non-binding registration of interest document and pay a fully refundable application fee to reserve the property for you while you sell your home. Eldercare will reserve the property for you for 90 days from the date of that document.
5. Finalise your contract and move in
Once you have a settlement date for the sale of your home, we prepare the contractual documents required under the Retirement Villages Act and meet with you at the required times to sign the different sections of the contract.
If you then enter into the Residence Contract with Eldercare, you have a further 10 business days to cool off and cancel the Contract. You can waive this cooling off period and enter into occupation of the residence chosen by you upon paying the remainder of the ingoing contribution (i.e. the purchase price). If you give written notice before the end of 10 business days that you want to terminate this Contract, we will return to you all money you have paid us under the Contract.
When this process is completed, you can move into your retirement living property and settle into your new hassle-free lifestyle.