Retiring in the Hayward Area of Northwest Wisconsin
Frequently I work with people who want to retire in the Hayward area of Wisconsin. Some had been vacationing here since childhood, and they say Hayward will always be their go-to place. Others just recently discovered this beautiful area and think it will be the perfect place to relax and enjoy retirement.
Buying a cabin or home to use for vacation now, then retiring in it later, is a common practice. Always remember though, that at some point you will be older and you should take this into account when choosing a cabin or home. Below are some tips to help you think ahead and choose the right retirement property in the northwoods of Wisconsin:
- Medical Services. How close are medical services? What emergency services are available in the area you like? What is the expected transit time for emergency personal to reach you? If you have pre-existing health conditions, does the Hayward area offer the medical services needed to treat your condition(s)?
- Road Maintenance. How are the roads to the property maintained? Are they plowed during winter and passable? Will you have to provide or pay for snow removal services for the road or driveway?
- Shopping. How close will you be to stores or supplies you need? The Hayward area has several stores that provide essentials, but most drive to Rice Lake or Duluth for major shopping.
- Communications. Phone, TV and internet services; will you need these and what services are available? If you count on a cell phone, do you get service at the home or cabin you like?
- Property Maintenance. Is the property in a condition that will be easy for you to maintain as you age? Does the home have a maintenance-free exterior or will you have to account for periodic painting or staining? Is it a big yard that requires a lot of mowing and trimming that you might have to hire out for?
- Home Features. What about the cabin/home’s features? Most older adults prefer one-level living – does the home you want offer a layout that will be acceptable and useable to you as you age? As an active, healthy adult, those stairs up to the bedroom or down to the laundry might not be an issue, but what if your mobility changes as you age? Does the home have accessibility features such as wider doorways, pull-out cabinet shelves, a walk-in shower?
- Northwoods Wisconsin Weather. Typically the Hayward area has long, cold winters and short summers. The opposite of what most retirees desire. Are you comfortable with the cooler weather?
There are many other things to consider when purchasing retirement property in the northwoods – Call me, I can help you work through your questions and get all the answers you need. If you decide the Hayward area is right for you, I can help you find the place of your dreams!