Practical Tips for Finding an Accessible Property
Updated: Mar 3
Many thanks to Patrick Young of Able USA for writing this guest blog. Check out their website and great resources at www.ableUSA.info.
Finding the perfect home is rarely easy. But when you’re looking for a home that will accommodate your disability or allow you to age in place, it can be quite overwhelming. There simply aren’t many accessible properties on the market, and even finding one that can be adapted properly can be challenging.
However, by taking the time to develop a plan and do research, you can remove a lot of stress from the situation and set yourself up for success. From evaluating your needs to working with Concierge Buyers Advocates to making adaptations, here are a few simple tips for navigating the process of finding an accessible home:
Assess Your Needs
The first part of your accessible home search will be to write down everything you need. This includes all of the big and small things. For example, if you use a wheelchair, you will want to prioritize wide doorways and open spaces. If your plan is to age in place (and/or use a wheelchair), a single-floor home will be ideal. If you deal with limited hand function, handles and levers that are easy to grip should be on your list.
Some of your needs may be immediately met by the home you purchase, while others will likely require renovations or upgrades. For now, just get everything on paper.
Do Your Homework
Next, start researching the homes in your area—including those that are for sale and those that have recently sold. Use your budget and list of needs to narrow down the field of potential homes. To increase your chances of finding the right property faster, work with a buyers agent from Concierge Buyers Advocates. While hiring a professional requires an investment, it can save you thousands in the long run when you consider factors like rental fees and missed property growth.
As you’re hunting for your accessible home, don’t rule out homes that are selling “as-is.” While they often require renovations and upgrades, these types of properties can be bought at a great price. You’ll likely be making adaptations to the home regardless, and you could use some of the money you save from buying a home as-is to pay for the changes necessary. For any property you’re considering, seek guidance from an attorney, and look for any potential red flags by examining the property and its land records.
Consider the Location
Along with evaluating the property itself, think about the location of where you live. You don’t want to be too far from the workplace, doctor, pharmacy, hospital/medical center, grocery store, or other essential establishments. And if you use a wheelchair and plan on taking public transportation, make sure the bus route in the area you’re considering is wheelchair-accessible.
Think About Perks
Lastly, look for perks on your home search. This refers to any feature of a home that allows you to live safely and comfortably without requiring an adaptation to be made. Wider doorways and hallways, wheelchair-friendly flooring, a zero-step entrance or wheelchair ramp, lower countertops and sinks, automated lights, a walk-in shower or shower platform, and safety handrails are a few examples of features that can accommodate your needs without you having to make changes.
Nonetheless, it’s important to remember that these are perks; they shouldn’t necessarily be deciding factors in whether or not you purchase a property. Try to find a home that will require the least number of major renovations, but leave plenty of room in your budget for adaptations and upgrades.
Are you on a mission to find an accessible home? If you come up with a plan and know what to look for, the process doesn’t have to be stressful. Remember to make a list of all your needs and do your research. Finally, assess the location and perks of any property you’re considering, and hire a professional agent who can guide you along the way. Before you know it, you’ll be settling into a home that accommodates your needs and allows you to live your best life.
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