The weather isn't always just sunny. The biggest gripe we heard was from those whose consideration of weather stopped at "no snow." What they told us they wished they had known was how harsh the winter winds can be here (at night, especially) and how much stress the high summer temps put on everything, from cars and utility bills to their own health. One retiree in particular lamented that, for he and his wife, it made golf or traveling in their RV down right unbearable some days, and staying home too expensive for them to be comfortable with the thermostat settings.
The temptation to head out is very strong. With sweltering temperatures, you may find yourself out more than in. While guests staying on the Strip or downtown quickly figure out the most comfortable way to get around is by ducking through casinos, that's easier said than done if you live here. When it's hot outside and you're trying to keep your utilities down, the last place you will want to be at times is at home. Especially, when you could be somewhere where someone else is footing the bill for the A/C. This was a bigger deal for the fixed income retirees we spoke with, but all agree that it was something that deserved greater consideration than perhaps they had originally thought.
Getting comps can be a roller coaster. While it may sound great to be so close to gaming, the downside is that casinos may expect your overall loss to be higher. For instance, before you moved to Vegas, you came in for four days and played X amount before heading home. All your comps after that were then determined by, among other things, using your previous play as a base "hypothetical model." Unfortunately, if you move here and the casino picks up that your model of play has changed to where you're playing the same amount as before but spread out over a longer time, your comps could go way down. While it may be something that would apply more to higher rollers, we definitely got an earful from players who figured on some adjustments, but were shocked at just how much their comp levels dropped.
There are a lot of things to consider about retiring to Vegas. And, while we touched on three top concerns by retirees who now have the wisdom of hindsight, Vegas is still a pretty awesome place to live. It's an international city, there's always something new, and there's the added bonus of avoiding the dreaded resort fees if you have a place of your own. All in all, our retirees agreed that Vegas was the place they wanted to be and they were having the time of their lives. It's hard to beat that.
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