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It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that financial planning is one of the most important tasks you’ll ever need to do as you approach your retirement. Indeed, planning for retirement is the key to enjoying a stress-free post-career lifestyle. Considering how important it is, you’ll want to make sure that you get everything right. Now, this is easier said than done as retirement planning can be extremely difficult due to the vast number of things that you’ll have to consider.
To help you out, we thought it would be useful to put together a brief checklist of things that you’ll need to prepare. If this is something that you’re interested in, read on as we list down the three things that should be included on your pre-retirement checklist.
Prepare a Lifestyle Plan
The first you’ll want to do is to prepare a lifestyle plan. A good lifestyle plan should include when you plan on retiring, what you want to do in retirement, and ultimately how much money you’ll need each year. Your lifestyle plan will basically determine how much money you’ll need to accumulate to retire comfortably.
If the amount you arrive at seems implausible, then this is an indication that you may have to either re-evaluate your lifestyle choices or take steps into growing your superannuation. This can either mean changing your spending habits or increasing super contributions. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to this, as it will fully depend on your situation and your chosen retirement lifestyle.
As you near retirement, it’s also important to reduce your debts as much as you can. A great way to do this is to consolidate your debts. And while it may seem counterproductive to take out a loan to pay off debts, it can be beneficial if the new loan comes with a lower interest rate. Aside from consolidating debts, you can also opt to make extra payments in order to pay off your debts quickly. Despite the minor inconvenience this may lead to, it will all be worth it in the end as it will allow you to retire without worrying about the debts you have to pay off.
Consider Estate Planning
Lastly, we recommend thinking about estate planning. Many of you may think it’s too early to do this, but estate planning is better done earlier in case of potential future illness or injury and you find yourself incapable of making decisions for yourself. Now, if you don’t want to go through all the details the least you can do is to prepare an Enduring Power of Attorney so that a trusted person can step into a decision-making position if you ever lose the capacity to make decisions for yourself.
Bottom line: Get Ready for Retirement Now!
We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you be sufficiently prepared for retirement. While this may seem like a lot of work, it will all be worth it in the end as it will pave the way towards a comfortable retirement.
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