Moving can be a huge hassle for anybody, but if you have a disability, there are certain aspects of the process that present a higher level of difficulty. There are, however, things you can do to help make the process - from looking for a new home to moving in - less of a headache. Below are five tips to do just that.
1. Use Moving Apps
There are quite a few apps out there for helping you move. You may find that these have varying degrees of accessibility, so their usefulness may depend on your specific disability, but there are quite a few options that can help you get your ducks in a row when it's time to relocate. Most of them provide Apple and Android versions, but be sure to double-check that they support your mobile device.
2. Ask Your Real Estate Agent The Right Questions
Make sure to ask your real estate any questions you might have about a potential home. Don't be afraid to ask questions about their actual opinion about things either. Redfin suggests asking:
3. Be Sure Needed Facilities Are Nearby
When you're looking for a potential home, one thing you'll want to keep in mind is the proximity to facilities that you need, such as medical offices, people and services you rely on for assistance, or even the grocery store. It doesn't hurt to make a checklist of all of these and keep that in consideration as you house hunt.
4. Scope Out Dangerous Obstacles
It's a good idea to keep an eye out for any dangerous obstacles that may be problematic for you either during the move or in day-to-day life. Look for these when you're looking at a potential home, but also ahead of moving day once you've decided on where you want to live. This could be something that isn't immediately obvious such as an uneven sidewalk.
5. Ask About Discounts
Anne Miller at Moving.com recommends seeing if movers offer any discounts. "Don’t be shy about asking if a firm offers a special deal," she writes. " It can make the difference between keeping your sanity or elevating your stress levels. Nick Baucom, the founder and president of Two Marines Moving, serves the Washington, D.C. area, including the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. His firm moves disabled veterans for a 50% discount, if they’ve been at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center or the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. That discount often means the veterans can afford full packing services, if they choose."
Whether you're a veteran or not, services may have discounts that apply to you.
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