When it comes to retirement, there's a lot to think about. How much money do you need saved up? When should you start taking Social Security benefits? What will you do with all your free time? These are all important questions that everyone should ask themselves as they approach retirement. In this blog post, we will provide four quick tips on what to do when starting to think about retirement. Keep reading for more helpful advice!

How to determine your retirement needs?

One of the first things you need to do when starting to think about retirement is to figure out how much money you will need to support yourself. There are several ways to do this, but one simple method is to estimate that you will need 70-80% of your pre-retirement income. This may be an inaccurate number for some, but it's a good place to start. You can also use online retirement calculators to get a more personalized estimate. Don't forget to factor in things like inflation and healthcare costs!

 

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When to start taking Social Security benefits?

Another important question to ask when considering retirement is when you should start taking Social Security benefits. The answer depends on many factors, including your age, health, and financial situation. In general, it's best to wait until you reach full retirement age, which is currently 66 for most people.


However, you can start receiving benefits as early as age 62. If you do, your benefits will be reduced by up to 30%. So if you're thinking about retiring at 62, you'll want to make sure you have enough other sources of income to cover your living expenses. On the other hand, if you wait until after full retirement age to start receiving benefits, your benefits will be increased by 8% per year. So if you can wait a few extra years to retire, it may pay off in the long run!

Why consider independent living facilities?

Some people love the idea of living in an independent living facility. These types of facilities provide seniors with plenty of opportunities to socialize and stay active without all of the responsibilities that come along with owning a home. If you’re considering this type of retirement living, be sure to do your research to find a reputable facility that meets your needs and budget. It also allows you to live close to other people your age, which can be beneficial for both your mental and physical health.

Should you downsize?

The answer to this question is highly personal and depends on a number of factors. If you own your home outright or have a small mortgage, downsizing can free up a lot of extra cash. This money can be used to help fund your retirement. If you have children, downsizing may also be a good way to reduce your living expenses. However, you should consider the emotional impact of downsizing. It may be difficult to part with your family home and memories. You should also ensure you have a place to live that meets your needs in retirement.


These are just a few things to think about when you're starting to plan for retirement. It's important to take your time and do your research to make sure you're making the best decisions for your unique situation.

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