Things to Consider When Hunting for Your Accessible Home

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Things to Consider When Hunting for Your Accessible Home

 

Diving into a home search? When you’re trying to find a home that can accommodate a disability, you have to give careful thought and consideration to all of your options. It’s not just a matter of finding the right look or a decent neighborhood — you also have to make sure you can get around in your home safely and comfortably. However, most homes on the market aren’t created for people with disabilities. Finding the right space can be a seriously complicated process. With the right game plan and a strong sense of your home priorities, you can take on the challenge with aplomb and find the right home for you.

Sorting Wants and Needs

Before you begin your search, take some time to consider what you want and need in a home. This will help you prioritize details during your search. For example, you might only want to consider single-level homes. Or, you might only be interested in houses that have central air. Meanwhile, something like an open floor plan might be preferable, but not entirely necessary.

When evaluating your “must-haves” and “wants” lists, keep construction possibilities in mind. A house doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect if the issues are fixable. For example, if you need a ramp to a doorway, don’t write off a house that has a few steps. A concrete ramp is a simple-enough thing to install, and can push a home into the “perfect” category. However, you should balance this against the cost of making changes (concrete ramp installation typically costs between $4,000 and $6,000). If the cost of making changes pushes the house over your budget, it’s ultimately not worth it.

Secure Financing

Once you have a sense of what you’re looking for, it’s time to secure financing. You can use online affordability calculators to get a rough estimate of how much house you can afford (e.g., Columbus homes have a median list price of $204,900). But your best option is to discuss your options with a licensed realtor from The Detty Group. Not only are they knowledgeable about local home prices, but they can walk you through the home-buying process and find you a home that suits your needs.

Once you know where you’d like to set your budget, get pre-approved for your loan. This is a vital step in today’s market — your offer is unlikely to get picked if you don’t have a loan approved, as it will make the process take longer and will be a riskier call for the seller. Moreover, it’s best to wait to start looking until you have financing secured; otherwise, you risk falling in love with a property you won’t be able to afford.

Tour Several Options

The tour is going to be your biggest tool when it comes to figuring out if a home is right for you. Photos can give you a sense of the house, but visiting will help you truly evaluate how well you can navigate the space. Take your time on the tour, and make a point to check out every door, cabinet, and drawer to make sure it’s easy to use and reach. Bring along any mobility devices you might use to ensure they fit easily through doorways and down halls. Take full advantage of your time in the space to get a sense for whether or not the home is a good fit.

Finding a property that meets your needs can be hard work, but it’s well worth it in the long run. By putting in the time and having patience, you’ll be able to make sure you’re comfortable and safe in your own home. There’s no substitute for the right house. Furthermore, don’t get discouraged during your search; you’ll find the best property in time.

 

Photo Credit: The Detty Group
Blog Post: Patrick Young

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Josh Detty

Josh is the founder of The Detty Group. Josh has been a licensed Realtor in Central Ohio for over a decade and is an HER Realtors yearly award winner consecutively since 2014. In addition to his many ....

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