Unique Tips on Moving for People with Disabilities

The following article was provided by Ed Carter with Able Futures. For more information about Able Futures go to AbleFutures.org.

Moving can be a stressful time for anyone, but it can be even more difficult if you have a disability. If you are one of the many people with disabilities that are looking to move, here is some advice on how to make your experience easier.

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Tips for first-time homebuyers with disabilities

If you have a disability, finding and purchasing the perfect home can be a challenge. Make your search much easier by following these tips to help you find accessible properties that closely match your needs.

With so many homes on the market, it’s important for first-time homebuyers with disabilities to take their time during each step of the process in order to ensure they are making a sound financial decision.

To help you find the right home, below are some tips for first-time homebuyers with disabilities.

  • Start with your needs in mind.
  • Plan accordingly.
  • Your budget is important.
  • Choose a location.

 

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How to make the moving experience more manageable

When you are ready to move into your new home, there are some things you can do to make the process easier. First, plan as far in advance as possible when hiring a moving company. Two weeks is usually enough time for movers, but it’s always best to be safe and give yourself several more days than what you think you’ll need. Be sure to check the weather, too – if you have a major move on the horizon, it’s best not to hire movers during bad weather as they may cancel at the last minute or cause delays.

When hiring a moving company, be aware that sometimes special equipment might be required. For example, some rental trucks come equipped with ramps for wheelchairs and mobility scooters, but not all moving companies have them. Also, movers might require small ramps for wheelchairs to help with narrow doorways and thresholds. If there are any questions or concerns about this, simply ask the movers ahead of time so you know exactly what to expect on moving day.

Despite your best plans, moving day will be a little chaotic, but there are some things you can do to make it as smooth as possible.

Helpful moving day ideas

Moving day is stressful for everyone, but it can be even more overwhelming for those with disabilities. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by each of the moving tasks that need to be completed on moving day, especially if you have a disability. To ease the stress, be sure to follow the tips below.

  • Take it step by step.
  • Don’t over-exert yourself.
  • Embrace help from family and friends.
  • Keep a positive attitude.

Moving is an expensive process, but if you are willing to invest your time and effort it can result in something very worthwhile – a new home.

Raising awareness about moving with a disability

Due to inaccessible housing options for people with disabilities, many struggle when it comes to issues like finding somewhere to live or even moving into a new home. In fact, only a small percentage of homes are accessible enough for wheelchairs and other mobility aids.

In order to provide more opportunities for individuals with disabilities, there should be more accessible housing options on the market. One way to make this happen is by raising awareness about the lack of housing options available and what can be done in order to create more accessibility in homes around the country.

Wrapping Up

By following the above tips, you can make moving into a new home easier for those with disabilities. If you follow these tips and take your time when searching for an accessible property to purchase and packing/unpacking, you will have a smooth transition that is sure to bring many years of happiness in your new home.