Retirement made easy

When you move into your new home at Button House, we want life to be as easy and stress-free as possible.

Our not-for-profit fee covers many of the basic living costs that we all need to pay, which means you don’t have to worry about unexpected bills.

Our monthly fee is designed to do just that, keeping you and your home safe, taking care of the many jobs that come with looking after a property and providing you with all the support, activities and amenities you need to live your life to the full.

Here's all you need to know about our fees at Button House...

What is included in your monthly fee?

Here's a breakdown of what your fee covers:

Heating your home
Your heating and hot water costs are included in your monthly fee, so you don’t have to worry about paying the bills.

24/7 on-site support
You and your loved ones will have the peace of mind that our friendly and caring on-site team will be there for you at any time of day or night if ever you need them.

Organised events & activities
You can look forward to a wide range of social and leisure activities each day, from yoga and Pilates, to wine tasting, cookery, gardening clubs, and much more. Please note, some activities or outings may incur a charge.

Community maintenance
Keeping your community areas clean and well-maintained, including housekeeping, repairs and the refurbishment of curtains, carpets, furnishings and décor. This also includes maintenance or repairs to the estate roads, pathways and parking areas, roofing and brickwork maintenance and keeping your community grounds and gardens looking attractive.

Buildings insurance
Comprehensive buildings insurance is covered by your fee, as standard.

Lawn mowing
If your home has a garden, lawn mowing is covered within your fee.

Administration
Your fee covers all on-site and off-site administration, managed and operated by Brio Retirement Living.

Car parking
If you have your own car, or are expecting visitors, it's good to know that we provide ample free parking.

General maintenance
Including the communal lifts, CCTV, heating, hot water systems, fire alarms, call systems and communal lighting.

Exclusive resident-only benefits

As a resident, you’ll enjoy the following exclusive benefits:  

  • Exclusive resident rates in the Slate & Grain brasserie and bar.
  • Unlimited use of the homeowners’ club lounge and hobby room.
  • Unlimited use of the fitness suite and outdoor exercise equipment
  • Exclusive access to the landscaped grounds.
  • Up 20% reduced costs on water and electricity should you choose the Brio community service provider.
  • Support from your General Manager and community team.
  • Free IT advice, support about your home and help with paperwork/bills.
  • Free use of Wi-Fi in communal areas.

Additional services available to you

We understand that no two people are alike. We all have individual needs, wants, and requirements.

That’s why we offer a wide range of additional services that you can include for an additional cost as and when you need it. Plus, we regularly review your needs to make sure we deliver the right level of support for you.

Our optional services include:

Care and support

A range of flexible care and support services are available, tailored to your suit individual needs.

We also offer short-term care and/or support for illness and recuperation. You can choose to pay as you need for your personal care, or alternatively opt for ab all-inclusive option. Brio offers a number of packages, tailor-made to you.

Housekeeping services

We can help to take care of everyday chores so that you can focus on enjoying your free time.  Support is available to help with:

  • Cleaning
  • Laundry & ironing
  • Shopping
  • Preparing meals
  • Spring cleaning
  • Oven cleaning

Like personal care, homeowners can opt to pay as you need, or alternatively, a package can be created to suit you.

Home maintenance service

Our experienced tradesmen can carry out repairs and maintenance within your property, such as picture hanging, redecorating or odd jobs around the home.

Shopping/escort service

A shopping/escort service is available for a member of staff to accompany you to appointments or on shopping trips.

How we calculate your fees

Not-for-profit fees

We understand that you want to make sure that your money is well spent. That’s why we work hard to keep your fee as low as possible by calculating all of our costs on a not-for-profit basis. This means we can simply pass on the costs of providing the services you need without any extra mark up.

Our Slate & Grain brasserie and bar is also to the general public. While you enjoy discounted prices on all food and drink, non-residents pay full price, generating extra income which can then be used to offset our overall weekly costs and subsidise your fee.

How our fees compare

Why not take some time to look at your current living costs, together with the effort and expense required to run your home to see how it compares? With our monthly fee, we can take away these worries, so that you can live your retirement years to the full in our Button House community.

Fixed annual fees and fair increases

For added peace of mind and to allow you to accurately budget for the year ahead, our fees only ever increase once a year, on 1st April. Any increases will be based upon the previous December retail price index (RPI) percentage figure supplied by the ONS (Office for National Statistics).

In the event of a rise, we always give you at least a month’s notice of the RPI percentage increase for the following year. And to make sure we consistently deliver good value, we regularly consult homeowners about the services we offer.

Disclosure of interest

We do not have a financial interest in any other firm involved in running our retirement communities or receive any incentive or commission from third party suppliers relating to any of the services paid for by residents through the fee.

Disclaimer: We would always recommend that you seek independent financial advice before making any long-term financial decision. 

 

What happens if you sell your home?

If you decide to sell your home, a Deferred Management Fee (DMF) of up to 15% of the property value will be payable. This fee is calculated on a sliding scale depending on length of time you have owned your home prior to selling and is capped at 15%.

The sliding scale is as follows:

  • < 1 year from initial purchase: 0%
  • Year 2 following initial purchase: 4%
  • Year 3 following initial purchase: 8%
  • Year 4 following initial purchase: 12%
  • Year 5+ following initial purchase: 15%

No unexpected bills

From time to time, it may be necessary to make major repairs to the lifts, roofing, windows, doors, driveways, paths, rainwater guttering or fencing. To ensure that you don’t have to worry about receiving any sudden unexpected bills, a sinking fund contribution is paid at point of resale.

This fund acts as a ‘homeowners reserve’ to help offset the cost of major repairs, replacements or improvements within the community. To make sure that this reserve is large enough to support the community’s future needs, we also regularly carry out professional surveys. This means you can rest assured that no additional payments will be due when major works are required.

You will contribute to the sinking fund and can do this monthly or when you resell the property. For rentals, the sinking fund contribution is included in your rental package (our Essentials Package).

Your contribution is calculated by multiplying the number of months of ownership by the monthly fee, which varies according to the property type and size, and increases each year on 1st April, in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) figure for the previous December. 

Rental made easy

Our Essentials Package 

For those opting to rent, our Essentials Package combines your rent and monthly fees in one simple weekly charge. 

In addition to your Essentials Package, like those who choose to purchase their home, you can choose to add housekeeping, care and support and / or dining packages, to create the perfect all inclusive package for you. The choice is yours.


Find out more

For further information on our not-for-profit fees, please speak to a member of our team on 07552 246502.

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