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6 Key Steps You Need to Do Before Retiring

6 Key Steps You Need to Do Before Retiring

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Planning your retirement might take longer than you think. Most people end up being unprepared for retirement, either because they did not plan on time, or because they did not have enough information. To make sure you are ready for your retirement, both financially and mentally, read through the 6 tips we have prepared for you.

1.   Retirement Budget

One of the biggest problems for people who retire is finances. When we work for dozens of years, we are used to having a monthly salary that can cover our expenses. But, when monthly incomes are no longer there, balancing your finances can become tricky.

Depending on your normal needs, you will need to set aside money for different things. Some basic ones are food, housing, insurance, and so on. But, if you plan to travel a lot, dine out, or have any similar larger expenses, make sure you take that into consideration as well. Since these expenses can add up to a large amount of money, it is crucial that you start preparing your retirement budget as early as possible.

2.   Get Self-directed IRA

SDIRA or Self-Directed Individual Retirement Account is a type of IRA that can give you increased control, as well as greater diversification over all your investments and retirement savings. According to the self-directed IRA rules, you are not limited to bonds, stocks, or mutual funds. You have the freedom to invest in what you know best and how you feel most comfortable.

One of the popular pros of a self-directed IRA is the tax advantages you can get. Plus, this type of IRAs can be used to make a tax-advantaged legacy, for your loved ones or for charity.

3.   Medical Proxy

Naming a medical proxy can be very important in case you have health issues. Instead of a random medical worker making decisions about your health care, you can choose a loved one instead. When you make somebody your medical proxy, they will be allowed to make decisions such as whether you will move out of your home into a nursing facility in case you become incapacitated.

Make sure to choose a medical proxy carefully. They can be your spouse, domestic partner, sibling, or anyone else who you trust. Make sure you have a backup proxy in case you outlive the primary one.

4.   Medical Care

This one can somewhat be considered as a part of your retirement budget. Having a good medical care program is more important as we get older. So, to make sure you will be as healthy as possible, you have to have good medical care. Depending on your existing conditions, or diseases that run in your family, you can choose different insurance plans. Even though paying insurance regularly might seem like a big expense, it is a lot smarter to do so, than to just rely on your retirement budget to cover all of your health expenses.

5.   Make a Will

To make sure your property is distributed as you wish, it is important to make a will. Especially if you do not have immediate family, it is important to detail your wishes in this way. A will can also include burial arrangements or even guardianship of any pets you might have.  If you ever feel like you want to change any details, you can make a new document. But, it is important to have one prepared.

Make sure you know the rules for will-making in your state. Check if it is allowed to be handwritten or not, and how many witnesses you need. Keep in mind that you will need a trusted person to be the executor of the will, that is, a person who will carry out your final wishes.

6.   Downsize Your Debt

Managing your retirement finances is already tricky as it is. To be able to enjoy your retirement fully, make sure you have as little debt as possible. Consider increasing your mortgage payments so that all the loans you have are paid off before you retire. This goes for credit cards or any other debts you might have. By doing this, you will minimize the amount of retirement income you have to spend on interest payments.

No matter when you start your retirement plan, it is never too early, nor too late to get started. Sure, some things can be achieved if you start planning early, nevertheless, any kind of preparation you have will be useful. Whenever you do start, remember that you are not alone. There are many people and organizations that can help you have a smooth transition into your retirement. We hope that addressing the issues we talked about will help you have a nice and carefree retirement.

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