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Moving to a more suitable property

A new home without stairs, in a more convenient location, in better repair or without a large garden might be within your reach. There are services to help find a new home, and others that can help organise and arrange a move.

Weighing up what’s suitable

Bungalows remain the most popular type of home amongst older people, but they are not only in short supply, but often located off the beaten track. Moving to a flat could be a big change, but there are advantages. Whatever options you are considering, you might find it helpful to think about some of the following:

  • Layout and size: Is the arrangement and size of the rooms convenient? Would a downstairs toilet be useful? Do you need a spare room for visitors? Is there enough storage space?
  • Upkeep and maintenance: Will the house be easy to look after? Does it need any major repairs? Is it well insulated? Does it have effective heating?
  • Location: Is it close to the shops, Post Office, library and other facilities you use regularly? Are there good public transport links? Is the area noisy? Have you visited the area at night to get an idea of how safe it seems?
  • Cost: Will the move make you better or worse off? As well as the rent or mortgage, other things to consider include Council Tax rates, maintenance costs and service charges. And is renting worth considering, even if you are an owner now?

Lifetime Homes

Prompted by an ageing society, as well as the needs of younger disabled people, Government policy is driving the development of new homes with design features to make them more flexible and functional for all. As they start to appear, we will feature Lifetime Homes on this site.

More about lifetime homes

Retirement complexes

These come in all shapes and sizes, and although they include sheltered and extra care housing, many simply provide homes that are designed well for older people. Our retirement homes directory includes many examples.

Search for a retirement complex

Moving in with family

Although there are many things to weigh up and discuss before doing so, moving to live with or near family can bring huge benefits for all.

More about the pros and cons of moving in with family

Moving abroad

An option within reach of more and more people is to move abroad temporarily or permanently, in search of a new lifestyle, healthier climate, cheaper property, or to be nearer family or friends.

More about moving abroad


Cohousing is a way of living which brings individuals and families together in groups to share common aims and activities while also enjoying their own self-contained accommodation and personal space. As yet there are no co-housing communities in the UK made up of older people; however we expect this to change in the future.

Follow the development of cohousing on the UK Cohousing Network website, and draw on their resources if you are interested in starting a cohousing group yourself.

FirstStop Advice Line 0800 377 70 70

from mobiles/overseas +44 203 519 6002

Call to discuss your requirements with one of our expert Advisors, or email to request a call back at a time that suits you.

FirstStop can:  

  • Provide a checklist How well does your home suit you? to help you weigh up pros and cons
  • Discuss options with you and ensure you are aware of all the opportunities available
  • Discuss and advise you further on the range of retirement housing available in your area
  • Provide a copy of our Guide to Housing and Care Options
  • Provide a personal Housing Options Report containing detailed information on all schemes that meet your requirements
  • Introduce you to the FirstStop Moving Home Service
Advice Line open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.