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Purchasing an accessible home may be a new process for you. Even if it isn’t, you need to put your personal needs above many other typical needs. Purchasing an accessible home comes with its own sets of challenges.
Not to worry – it is completely possible for you to find the home of your dreams and it to make it accessible and up for you to enjoy. As you consider your next home, keep this checklist of questions handy as they are important to your quality of life.
Here are several questions you need to ask yourself as you go from room to room in your new home. Some things are obvious while some things may need to change to make them more accessible.
Some people have to have rooms wherever they go – others do not. Make sure you explore every nook and cranny of the home and assess whether or not you may need to install ramps so that you can remain mobile and independent.
There are some trips that you may need to make on a daily basis such as retrieving the newspaper in the morning. Check to see how many obstacles may be in the way from your potential master bedroom to the driveway. Check for alleys, uneven pavement, stairs and narrow hallways.
Make sure you go through all the doors in the house to make sure that you can go through each one without trouble. Make a note of the doorways that may need a little renovation so that you can fit.
When you first look at the house, it may be empty. However, make sure that you make note of the three most common areas you may be spending a lot of time in – the kitchen, the bathrooms and laundry rooms. Make sure you can maneuver freely in each room with little trouble.
Make sure you check out the entire house – the front yard, backyard and every room in between. Make note of areas where you may have trouble.
This is especially important in the kitchen and bathroom. To measure the counters, make sure that you can reach the back of the counter without compromising your safety. Make note of where you may need to install some grab bars.
Look beyond the home's accessibility. Look at its security, location and neighborhood. Before you settle on a house, ask yourself if you will be comfortable in the home. This will be your home and if you’re not comfortable with it, you don’t need to buy it.
The house buying process can be daunting – especially when you have certain requirements that must be met.
Make sure that you assess your needs before you buy the home. Ask yourself if you need access to public transportation, pharmacies or other public resources. It may be helpful to avoid houses that have narrow hallways or long driveways. Imagine the ground being covered in snow – can you get from your vehicle to inside the house safely?
The Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a list of approved counselors in all 50 states that are certified to help disabled individuals find a home. They can also point you to financial resources that will provide you with financial assistance to help with home renovations to make your home more accessible than it currently is.
Lenders are prohibited by law to discriminate against you in any part of the home buying process. They cannot alter applications, enact extra fees or places certain conditions upon you just because you’re disabled.
Several financial resources may help you turn the home of your dreams into an accessible home, designed just for you. Your level of accessibility may differ from someone else – there is no blanket, one-size-fits-all solution. Disabled individuals have access to certain funding sources that others do not. They’re not only available at the federal level, but they’re also offered at the state level. One example might include the American Association of People with Disabilities. They can offer between $1500 and $25,000 with extended payback plans to help you renovate your home to make it more accessible. Remember this – your home must meet your needs.
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