Baby Boomers Seeking a Safe Place to Live have Options
Baby Boomers Seeking A Safe Place To Live, Have Options
You are a baby boomer and for one reason or another, you are forced to move. With respect to your safety, becoming knowledgeable about the place where you plan to move is extremely important. Ask yourself, if you will be safe living in that area? How can you be certain?
What are your options?
You can either make a point of finding out if this will be a safe place for you to live, before you move into an area or move there without obtaining any prior knowledge about it.
It is generally wise to obtain first-hand, accurate information about possible safety issues or concerns in a different location, before you move there. Be aware that if you have no knowledge about an area, you risk finding out later, that this was not such a good move for you after all.
Safety is a primary concern for all baby boomers, particularly those who have always lived in one place and are suddenly confronted with having to find another place to live. There are obviously many possible places where one can live, but how can baby boomers determine ahead of time, if these will be safe?
Knowledge regarding safety, is a critical factor in the decision making process, when you are planning a major move. Knowing how to obtain the knowledge that you need to keep you and your spouse, your children and grandchildren, as well as others who may come to visit you, safe is important.
Here are some things that you, as a baby boomer can do, to obtain knowledge about possible safety issues or concerns, in a new neighborhood.
First of all, spend some time with a local realtor, one who lives or works in the area where you are interested in living. Make serious inquiries, particularly if you plan to purchase a home in a location that you are unfamiliar with. Do this, before you make any verbal agreements or sign any documents regarding a house, condo or apartment.
Note that it should not cost anything to speak with a realtor. In fact, you may find you have invested your time wisely. He or she will be able to give you the kind of information that you need, in order to guarantee your safety. Be aware that there may be safety concerns that outside realtors may not be aware of or may not disclose to you, simply to make a sale.
For instance, there could be serious water shortage problems related to a specific area. You and your spouse will need to have sufficient, potable water. It will be inconvenient and may present a hardship over time, if your water has to be brought in by truck. This could also present a possible health and safety risk for you and your family. What is your water source going to be? Is it a local lake or river? Is the water properly treated? Does it taste good? If there is a well, has it been checked for possible contaminants, including e-coli or heavy metals?
Are there fire hydrants or other sources of water, in case there are fires in the area?
These may be some of the reasons why the property you want to purchase, has been put up for sale. Always find out why any place you consider buying is being sold, before you conclude any deal.
There could also be serious flooding problems that might involve your future home or property. If this is marginal flooding, it may not be too serious, but if it involves possible contamination of your well, or back up of your sewers or septic system, this could prove to be a serious health and safety problem for you. Spring runoff or more serious flooding of a river, may involve your personal safety, as well as that of your family and friends. You do not want to put anyone’s life in danger. The heavy growth of mold or dampness after flooding, could present a serious health risk to you, as well.
There may be other, even more serious safety concerns that you need to know about, in the immediate area. For instance, what has this particular property been used for previously? Is it a prior land fill site that may still have heavy chemicals or other contaminants in the soil? These kinds of toxins could be harmful to you and your family.
Perhaps the city where you plan to move, has already ruled in favor of building a major freeway, immediately behind the property you plan to purchase. This will reduce the future market value of your property. You may be exposed to gasoline and diesel fumes, particularly when the freeway has a heavy volume of traffic. This will not be environmentally safe for you or for those who spend time with you.
Talk to other baby boomers or seniors, who are currently residents in the neighborhood. They will be able to advise you of any serious safety issues that are of concern to them and may concern you in the future. If there are no baby boomers or seniors who live in the vicinity, that may indicate that there is a possible problem also. Why don’t they choose to live there?
For example, perhaps the city where you are looking for a home, is one where there is heavy drug trafficking at night, particularly on the weekends. You and others may not be safe walking or driving after dark, if there is a motorcycle club that runs rampant through the area, on long weekends. Perhaps there is a plant or mill in the immediate area that gives off heavy emissions after dark. This could cause baby boomers and seniors to have difficulty breathing.
Baby boomers and seniors may have their own closed communities, that are not receptive to outsiders, depending upon race, creed or color. You might find yourself, your spouse, children and other family members subjected to physical or mental abuse or you may be excluded by them.
It is better to obtain knowledge about these kinds of community situations, before you move into an area. You may even decide not to move there, because of the possibility of potential violence in the future.
Talk to people of different ages, who currently reside in the community where you plan to live. In a healthy, growing community, there should be many different types of families, with family members of all ages. The people living in the community should appear to be active, healthy and happy. Look around. Are there children playing outside in the playgrounds or in their yards? If not, why not? Are there parents and grandparents working in their gardens or sitting outside in the evening?
Attend a concert, community event or a church service, in the area where you want to live. It will not take very long for you to find out if you are going to be welcomed by them. People are normally receptive to strangers and if they are not, it might not be a good idea to move into that neighborhood. It may take a long time before you are accepted in a community.
Talk to previous residents who have lived in the area and find out how they feel about their community and ask them why they decided to move away. Was fear a factor that triggered their move? How about violence? Ask appropriate questions and you will soon find out whether the baby boomers and seniors living there are being treated with respect. They should not be subjected to any kind of abuse.
Spend some time walking through the area, with some friends or family members. Observe the interaction of all of those around you. Do the neighbors talk to strangers? Or wave as you pass by?
Enjoy spending a day at a park or a nearby lake, with your children and grandchildren, as that is where you will probably be bringing them in the future, if you do decide to move into the area. Is this going to be a safe place for everyone to play?
Check out other local recreational centers as well, because you may want to attend special events that are held there. Are these facilities clean and well maintained? Could they be potential sources of infection in the future? If they present a potential health hazard, remember that health is one of your primary concerns, as a baby boomer.
You might even consider visiting one of the local hospitals to assess their level of emergency care. Does it appear that it will be adequate for you and your family, if you should need urgent care or long term care? Are there retirement homes or nursing homes in the area?
Go to a local mall and spend an afternoon there. The atmosphere should appear to be busy, but congenial. Check out a local grocery store with regard to its produce.
Are there visible problems with regard to ethnic minority groups? How about the people who are disabled?
Visit the downtown area on a weekend, particularly on a Saturday evening and see what kinds of activities are taking place on the streets. Are there parades? Perhaps there are open-air street festivals that anyone can attend. Are you going to be comfortable sitting in restaurants or night clubs?
Do you see rowdy street gangs or teens that may be carrying weapons? Are the local stores open or is everything locked up early? Does there appear to be a regular police patrol in the area?
There are many possible safety factors to take into consideration in a new neighborhood. Obtaining this kind of knowledge ahead of time can save you a lot of trouble later. It can also prevent you from having a lot of unnecessary stress in the future, should you decide to move there.
Remember that most moving experiences usually turn out to be good ones, so don’t become overly concerned, frightened or paranoid about any specific area. Simply find another one that appears to be more suitable for you and your spouse.
Hopefully, your experience will prove to be a good one too. But just in case, make a point of becoming knowledgeable, ahead of time. If you do, you will more than likely be safe, as a baby boomer moving into a new location.
Remember that you do have options to consider, so choose the right option. Always seek knowledge first, with respect to safety.