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Are you in the market for an accessible home?

Finding the right property can be a challenge, but with some smart strategies in place, you’ll be in your new abode in no time. Here’s how to ease the process of house hunting and pick the perfect place.

Your perfect place

While fully accessible homes are more prevalent than they used to be, they still tend to be few and far between. With that in mind, house hunters often do best looking for properties that can be easily modified to meet their needs.

A home with an open floor plan and one-floor living is ideal, and an entryway without steps is a boon. Beyond those key features, there is an abundance of options to consider. You can use a printable accessible housing checklist when comparing properties and prioritize your personal preferences. Consider printing it out so you can make notes as you go, and highlight your must-haves, versus your wants, in different colors.

Adapting the space

If you find the right home but know it needs some updating, consider that some of the best ways to adapt your living environment can come from relatively simple and inexpensive home modifications. Exchanging plush carpet for non-skid flooring or low-pile carpet is often beneficial, and installing a wheelchair ramp can be a boon. Relatively small adjustments in the bath and kitchen areas can be helpful for those with limited dexterity or mobility, such as installing faucets with lever-style handles, swapping a traditional toilet for a taller one, and adding grab bars in appropriate positions. Throughout the home, doorways can be widened, either by reframing them or with expandable hinges. Of course, you’ll need to budget for this work. According to HomeAdvisor, it’ll cost an average of $376 to hire a handyman in the Davenport area.

There is a world of possibilities for every room in your home, so think through what will be especially beneficial in your situation, and what your priorities are. You can always attend to your top choices first and add more later, and when it comes to finances there are grants you could seek, as well as special funding options available to some homeowners.

Be alert and reduce stress

Moving is a stressful experience, and it’s also a vulnerable time. You can alleviate some of that stress with some advance prep work so your transition is a smooth and secure one. Lining up help with the actual move can take longer than expected, and there are plenty of scoundrels ready to prey upon anyone navigating the process of moving, particularly people with disabilities. Become familiar with common moving scams, and allow ample time to research potential movers. Finding a good moving company can be a challenge, but reading reviews and checking references is the key to success. Consider also hiring help with packing, which is a major project in and of itself. Thankfully, HireAHelper offers a handy online tool to help you with getting quotes and comparing prospective moving professionals.

Planning and preparing for peace of mind

In the chaos of moving, it can seem like there is always so much to do and never enough time to do it. Be sure to tend a few basics that often fall through the cracks. The first thing you should do once the house is signed over to you and you get the keys is to hire a locksmith (the average national cost of hiring a locksmith is $144). Having your locks rekeyed will provide peace of mind, eliminating the worry of who else might have access to your home. In addition, don’t forget to update the postal service with your change of address, as well as your employer and financial institutions. While they might seem minor, ticking these items off your list will provide major peace of mind.

House hunting is exciting, and while it’s tempting to start looking at properties right away, it’s in your best interest to do a few things before settling on a house. Make appropriate plans and preparations for the best possible experience in your new home. With your smart decisions, you’re sure to find the perfect place, just for you!