House hunting can be a stressful or exhilarating experience, depending on how it’s handled. If you’re unprepared, however, you may struggle to find what you need, especially if you require an accessible home. Thankfully, you can take steps to make your search much easier.

Before You Begin

The first thing to do during this adventure is to look at your town and see how much the average home costs, and what listing prices look like. By doing so, you are not only better informed about how much you should offer but what price range to expect for your budget. For example, the median listing price for homes in Memphis sits at around $149,900. This figure will vary by neighborhood, but you can use it as a jumping-off point.

Also, if the appraised price of a home does not match the market value, you might have room to argue for a new price that is more in line with average rates. Similarly, look at what you can haggle over with the owner to sweeten your purchase, such as closing costs, home warranty, or any possible updates you would like completed.

Bathroom Features

Unfortunately, many houses aren’t made with accessibility in mind. Given that, you may have to make the alterations you require, so look for properties that allow modification. Sadly, if you have your eye on an older home, you may have to deal with certain obstacles, particularly in bathrooms. For instance, tearing into a wall to add a zero-entry shower, pedestal sink, or even installing grab bars and new flooring could release VOCs and asbestos. So, it’s best to look for homes on the newer side, as well as those with enough space to be changed or expanded.

Kitchen Amenities

Kitchen remodels can run into the thousands of dollars, so it can save you a pretty penny if you can find one that already has some degree of accessibility. According to Kitchen Magic, these features might include lowered cabinets and countertops, as well as open spaces to allow mobility. However, not every modification has to be an expense, or require a remodel, as small changes can make cooking easier and safer. Specifically, if there is space, you could bring in a short table to allow food prep to be done without danger or strain. Similarly, touch can-openers, lap cutting boards, and more can also help you cook in peace.

Hall and Walkway Dimensions

There is nothing worse than not feeling mobile in your own home. To ensure that you can maneuver freely, you’ll want to be certain both the halls and doorways are wide enough to meet your needs. On average, a wheelchair requires 36 inches to safely and easily pass through. Yet, for absolute safety, it's best to look for homes with 48-inch doorways and walking paths to accommodate a wheelchair and another person simultaneously. After all, no one should feel trapped or frustrated when moving through the place that is meant to offer shelter and peace.

Mobility Concerns

With mobility in mind, you’ll want to consider the entryways and stairs of a potential property. While it's possible to find no-step entries, to make coming and going safer, don’t despair if you can’t. In fact, it doesn’t take long or cost too much to have a ramp custom built for your house. Moreover, you needn’t look only at ranch-style properties to find something that you can work with since navigation can be simplified with just a stairlift. With top of the line models costing between $3,000 to $4,500, all you need is a little wiggle room in your budget.

The best way to arm yourself when looking for a home is to know what you need. By understanding your local housing market, knowing the median listing price of homes in your preferred area, and the dimensions you’ll want from a property, you can ease your journey. After all, this should be an exciting time, not something that causes undue stress.

By: Patrick Young Ableusa.info
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