Easy Ways to Take the Tension Out of Buying an Accessible Home

I wanted to welcome our guest blogger Natalie Jones. She wrote this great article giving those who need accessible homes some tips to navigating the process more easily. We hope you enjoy her work as much as we do!

Finding an accessible home that suits your needs is not always easy when you are living with a disability. Navigating the buying and moving process can be stressful for anyone, but mobility issues can add complexity to the transition. If you want to have less tension looking for and moving into your new home, you need to read through these helpful tips.            


“Keep Your Home Search and Sale Simple and Stress-Free”


When buyers are looking for specific features in a home, they often start by searching for homes online. Using the pros and cons of each real estate website will help you narrow down the often confusing search for accessible homes. You can set search parameters, look into local housing prices, and even set up viewings by looking for real estate listings online. It’s also a good idea to have your finances in order before you begin really getting out and looking at homes.


If you are living with a disability, you should know about rules and assistance that can make it easier for you to get into the home of your dreams. If an accessible home is out of your price range, you may be able to use housing grants to offset your budget, or you could ask for reasonable changes to other properties to suit your specific needs. Being aware of these disability cues can make the financial aspects of the home-buying process much easier for you to navigate, but all buyers should also be prepared to pay appropriate fees before making an offer on a home. You may need to set aside a portion of your budget for escrow, required insurance, or necessary fees prior to closing on your home so make sure you are prepared.


“Take Care When Packing and Moving Your Home”


This can be a stressful time for anyone, but moving can be especially strenuous when you have a disability. So once you have made your offer and made it through the closing on your new home, you should think about scheduling an appointment to have professional packers help with your move. Be sure to research and compare packing companies (and get multiple quotes) before settling on the pros to move your home. Whether you have help packing or go it alone, it also helps to have a few packing hints to make securing your belongings much easier.


Another advantage of hiring pros is that they are more likely to bring actual moving boxes, which are much sturdier than boxes you pick up for free from local shops and stores. You should also use appropriate caution when moving packed boxes and heavy items around to avoid injuring your back or exacerbating existing health problems.  Take your time packing and moving objects, and always ask for additional help when it comes to lifting heavier boxes and furniture.                       

“Make Any Necessary Accessibility Upgrades Before Your Move”


Your dream home may not come with all of the accessibility features you need to live comfortably. If you need to make adjustments to your new home, consider doing so before you move in so you can settle in safely. You will likely need to hire a licensed contractor to complete any major renovations for you, so give yourself plenty of time to ask friends for recommendations and check out online reviews. Scheduling work ahead of time also gives you a chance to shop for the best pricing and look into grants and loans that may help you make any necessary accessibility changes. You can use these special funds to have ramps installed or even build an accessible bathroom. If you use a wheelchair, you may need to widen your doorway to the bathroom or have a curbless shower unit installed to make daily life a little easier, as well as make your bathroom safer for any family members living with disabilities or mobility issues.


Buying an accessible home shouldn’t feel impossible. You can use these tips to make the process easier, but don’t forget to connect with a local real estate agent as well. Proper planning and an experienced realtor are your best bets for reducing your home buying stress.


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Natalie Jones




Gavin Shnieder

Gavin is the founder and owner of Abode Base Real Estate & Smart Pad Property Management. When he's not helping folks buy and sell homes or training agents, he enjoys spending time with his 3 daughters and beautiful wife.

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