Moving to a new home can help you to expand your horizons, meet new and interesting people, and perhaps even start afresh. But the many tasks involved with relocating can add stress to what should be a great adventure. In this post, we'll show you how to steer your way around these potential pitfalls.
1. Choosing a New Place to Live
Locating accessible housing is like meeting your perfect romantic match. You know it's out there; the trick is finding it. Here are some tips to help you in the quest:
● Read the ads. Sellers of accessible housing often go out of their way to list handicap-friendly features in the property description. Use caution when relying on seller information, however. Sometimes they will list improvements such as a wheelchair ramp but neglect to mention that the bathrooms, hallways, appliances, etc. are unsuitable for people with physical challenges.
● Consult an internet database of accessible housing. This is a great way to find out about opportunities across the country.
● Contact a realtor. Local agents may know of options you could otherwise overlook.
2. Adaptable vs. Accessible Housing
If accessible housing is in short supply in the area to which you plan to move, then you may want to consider an adaptable home. These are modifiable existing homes that can meet the needs of the physically challenged with minimal remodeling, according to information provided by North Carolina State University. Here are some factors to keep in mind when considering this option:
● Choosing an adaptable home will allow you to customize its layout, features, and décor to your tastes and priorities.
● The cost of carrying out these projects may fall on you. However, you will find many potential resources for meeting these costs, including private foundation grants and HUD-sponsored loans.
● There are websites that can help you to locate a builder with the right certifications and experience. Remodeling a home with physical challenges in mind usually requires specialized construction skills.
Let's say you've found the perfect home, and you're anxious to move in. Your next step is to decide what to do with your belongings. Many people find that hiring a professional is the best way to go. Here is why:
● Peace of mind. Most professional packers offer coverage in case an item gets damaged, lost, or stolen.
● Expertise. Like many tasks, packing and moving are more complex than they appear at first. For example, items such as electronics, medications, and artwork require special care to avoid potential damage.
● Freedom from sore muscles. Packing and moving takes more than brute strength. It involves a lot of bending, twisting, and other movements that present special challenges to those with disabilities. Why put yourself through this ordeal when someone else can do the job for you?
Okay, your belongings are packed, and moving day is almost upon you. Here are some tips for making it go smoothly:
● Keep kids and pets out of the way. You may want to set aside a room in which they can relax and enjoy themselves away from the hustle and bustle.
● Have water and snacks on hand for the movers. This is a great way to show your appreciation for their help.
● Make sure you know the route to your new home ahead of time. Trip-mapping services like Siri can make mistakes.
The key to any successful move is covering your bases. Taking time to plan the process can save you from countless hassles down the road. We wish you all the best as you enjoy life in your new home.
Guest post by Patrick Young and AbleUSA