Should you consider Moving when you retire? According to a 2005 Pulte
survey, more than half of Boomers plan to pick up stakes when they
retire. Will you be one of them?

Complete the following questionnaire to find out if you could be a
candidate for relocating. If you have a significant other, he/she
should also complete this quiz.

1. Do you have a significant other?
a. Yes
b. No

2. How is your physical health?
a. Never felt better
b. More good days than bad
c. Physician on speed-dial

3. How is your financial health?
a. Rolling in dough
b. Enough (even though I would like more)
c. Thank heaven for Social Security!

4. Is the climate in your current location:
a. Something you\’d love to flee
b. Tolerable
c. Ideal

5. To what extent does your children\’s location influence where you live?
a. Not an issue
b. Could play a role
c. Would be a priority in choosing a location

6. What is the level of social support in your current location?
a. Low/None
b. Medium
c. High

7. What is the level of involvement in your current community?
a. Low/None
b. Medium
c. High

8. When making a decision, you usually:
a. Carefully weigh alternatives
b. Do your homework, but also trust your instincts
c. Rely on your “gut” or intuition

9. What is your history of moving to new areas?
a. Story of my life
b. A few times
c. Born and raised in current area

10. Which of these most closely describes your attitude?
a. New relationships are the spice of life
b. “Make new friends, but keep the old”
c. Old Friends are the best friends

11. Which of the following phrases most closely describes you?
a. Extroverted
b. Combination extroverted/introverted
c. Introverted

12. I am:
a. Not responsible for aging parents
b. Not fully responsible for aging parents
c. Responsible for aging parents

13. I:
a. Am not into babysitting or have no grandkids
b. Love every minute with them, but…
c. Crazy about them – they are a high priority

14. I tend to:
a. Enjoy travel to new locations
b. Return to favorite spots
c. Be a homebody

15. How do you feel about change?
a. Ready and willing
b. Generally accepting
c. Dread it

16. Outside interests:
a. Many and varied
b. Some
c. Hardly any

Give yourself 1 point for each a, 2 points for each b, and 3 points for each c.
• 16 – 29 points: Start Packing.
You have the characteristics that make you a good candidate for
• 30 – 38 points: Think about moving carefully. You\’re on the bubble.
• 39 – 47 points: Probably better
stay put! Your characteristics and feelings about your relationships
and community could make relocating difficult.

Jan Cullinane is the co-author of The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life (Rodale, 2007). She gives seminars on the (primarily) non-financial aspects of retirement through her company, "Retirement Living from A to Z."