Looking for a new home can be exciting but when you have a disability it adds a bit of stress to the mix. Depending on your circumstances, there are added factors you need to look into when searching for your dream home.
- The most important part of your search is to find a real estate agent who understands your disability. They should be someone who knows what will work for you. This might require several discussions so that you can make them understand exactly what your needs are.
- If you use a wheelchair, you don’t want to be taken to a house with tiny rooms and narrow hallways/doorways. It is a waste of everyone’s time.
- Know what your budget is. How much can you afford to modify above the price of the house? Home renovations can be costly and stressful. Spend some time thinking about what type of modifications you want to make vs. what you can live with.
- It may be worth looking at a home that needs a little TLC and get it at a better price since you are going to have to make modifications anyway.
- Always take a portable ramp so that you can get inside to see homes for yourself when possible.
- If you can’t get into the home, make sure pictures and measurements are taken by someone you trust before you make any kind of decision.
- More and more people are opting for condo communities which are equipped with elevators that can minimize renovations. This could also go for renting an apartment. Another plus is that all common areas are taken care of for you – snow removal, lawn care, etc. Just pay attention to the additional monthly fees for these services. They vary place to place.
With a little luck and a lot of patience, you’ll find something you can be happy with for a long time.