Tips for Buying an Accessible Home


Your home is a space where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the world and enjoy some peace. When you’re shopping for real estate, you want to find a property that suits your personal style and needs. This is especially true if you are living with a disability. Individuals with disabilities tend to have lower-incomes, making the hunt for affordable yet accessible housing more challenging. However, with some advanced planning, time, and effort, you will find your dream home. Let the below steps guide you through the process.

Determine your budget and financing needs in advance

If you currently own a house that you are planning to sell, get an idea of how much of a profit you will make using a real estate valuation tool like Zillow. Look at properties similar to yours in terms of design and square footage in your area to get an estimate of how much your place might sell for. The money you make can go towards your down payment on your new place—ideally, about 20% of the total sale price. 

When investing in an accessible home, there may also be financing options available. For example, the U.S. Government’s Federal Housing Authority offers mortgage loans based on income received from Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. You just have to prove that you will continue to receive these benefits for at least three years after applying for the loan. If you are unemployed or only employed on a partial basis because of your disability, such a loan can be helpful. 

Make a list of your accessibility needs

Different individuals have different needs in terms of accessibility. For example, individuals living with cerebral palsy are advised to get a house with a single-level floor plan that eliminates the need to climb stairs. If you have vision problems and require a guide dog, getting a house with a yard where your four-legged friend can get fresh air makes sense. Other characteristics that make a house more accessible include handrails, a shower with a seat, and doorways wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Keep your future accessibility minds in need as well: You might not need a wheelchair now, for instance, but will you require one down the line?

Odds are you won’t find a house that meets every single criteria on your accessibility checklist. Home renovations can help fill in the gaps. Take one of the most frequently used rooms of the house, for example—the bathroom. To make it wheelchair accessible, you can have the doorways widened, add a walk-in shower, and lower the height of the sink.

Leave plenty of time for a smooth move

Once you’ve found your accessible home, start preparing to move. To minimize stress, leave plenty of time for the transition. Plan on packing up one room at a time so that your entire house isn’t turned into a whirlwind at once. Use colored post-its to specify which boxes should go into which rooms, and keep a list of how many boxes you have per room to ensure nothing gets lost. If you are going a long distance, consider a hybrid move. With this approach, you divide your move amongst three providers—local movers to unpack your house, a transport team to drive your goods, and local movers in your new location to unload the truck. This approach tends to be cheaper and can save you up to 40% on moving costs.

There’s no need for house hunting and moving to be a stressful experience. With these guidelines, you will be able to find an accessible home and enjoy a hassle-free move. Just give yourself some time and soon enough, you’ll be comfortable in your new house.

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Guest Blog Post By: Patrick Young

Email: patrickyoung@ableusa.info

On-Demand Project Managers to Your Site! Perfect for Contractors and Home Flippers


Why is Residential Construction is Ripe for On-Demand Disruption?

With a record year for the on-demand industry in 2019, the big prediction for 2020 is that on-demand companies will expand to new industries.

This is happening now in residential construction. A common issue with residential construction is going over budget, not meeting deadlines and plainly losing (wasting) money primarily due to lack of communication.

Most contractors do not use project management software to keep their jobs in-line.

95% of all residential remodel projects end up in frustration. Homeowners go into a project excited about their contractor only to soon be in the dark about what is going on.

TRY Project Buddy Services Today!

Check out: The new on-demand startup “Project Buddy” http://www.projectbuddyservices.com is the 1st of its kind and planning to revolutionize the industry: Creating completely transparent transactions between homeowners and contractors. Simply put, Project Buddy helps organize projects.

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Project Buddy Founder, Robert L. Williams

“After years of consulting in the construction industry I found that almost every job had a point where the client thought they were being cheated, it was almost always due to a simple lack of communication. Construction remodel projects are very organic and change daily. I started Project Buddy to help both Contractor and client stay up-to-date on a weekly basis.”

Project Buddy, from PGN Design Group, works with a cloud-based construction software that all parties have access to with their smartphone, tablet or computer. Project Buddy finally makes it easy for homeowners to follow the progress of their construction project from anywhere and makes it easy for contractors to keep their clients updated on day-to-day progress of their projects. It works with 5 easy steps.

  1. Upload project information to Project Buddy cloud-based software.
  2. Take daily photos of the project.
  3. Create daily work logs.
  4. Contact all contractors, subs and architects for scheduling purposes.
  5. Create an “end-of-week” report for the project.
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So who’s doing the actual work? Numerous “Buddy’s” manage jobs in the areas that they live in. They can work as much or as little as they want. Think of it as the “Uber for Construction Projects“.

The service will operate on weekly contracts so that there is no big commitment from homeowners or Buddy’s. For contractors, there’s no need to hire and train full-time employees only to have the burden of their salaries on the books when it gets slow.

At the end of each week, clients have the ability to either “opt-in” if they like the service or “opt-out” and we’ll see you on the next one!

Project Buddy will have the ability to do one or all of their jobs. The company is poised to disrupt the residential construction industry by helping smaller companies with growth, and larger companies with quality control. The price is $497/week for most projects, cheaper than the cost of a laborer sweeping up the site!

Why Use Them?

  1. Lost Time = Lost Money
  2. Cloud-based Software = Transparency, 24/7 access from any device.
  3. Organize contractor = Get’s the Job Done on time and on-budget!
  4. Weekly contracts = No Big Commitment
  5. One low rate for any size project (single-family or multi-family)

Project Buddy has launched in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area with expansion to other major cities in the U.S. later in the year.

Preferred Partners:

  • Contractors/Developers – Instead of carrying a payroll employee as a superintendent, we can replace that cost, and we have no problem with working for 1 week..
  • Real Estate Agents – You know all of the Wholesalers, Flippers and Homeowners doing remodels, refer our service and receive a $497 referral for each.
  • Architects – You work with homeowners and flippers too, with our service, you can monitor the project remotely and not get left out of the circle. Refer our service and receive a $497 referral for each.
  • Hard Money LendersCLOSE MORE LOANS. We can act as a 3rd party service provider that can be financed and used as a kind of “insurance policy” Lenders can require their borrowers to use Project Buddy, and they’ll always know what’s going on with the project! Two words – Accountability Partner. Protect their loans. Fewer foreclosures will increase bottom-line. No COST to the Lender – You can build it into the loan (its a cost of doing business)
  • Owner Builders – You want someone to babysit the work-site, and you don’t want the job?
  • We’ll help week-to-week until you don’t need us anymore! You can see all the progress on your smartphone or preferred device, and read the notes left by the Buddy. Perfect Communication!

Book us for one job, for one week and you will quickly see how easy and smooth your job/s will run.

Find out more about our services TODAY www.projectbuddyservices.com

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