Buying a Home with the Future in Mind

 

Buying a home is an exciting and stressful endeavor, with what seems like a million things to consider and a million things to do. But remembering to keep the future in mind will save homeowners significant money, work and frustration down the road.

When young couples or young professionals find a perfect home for entertaining, they may be shocked by it’s lack of “childproof-ability” when baby shows up. Open stairways, wide doors and archways, open cabinetry, stone fireplace, heavy drapes – all of these are hard to deal with when little one is just learning to walk.

When family members start to have health problems related to disease, accidents or aging, there are difficulties with mobility. Narrow doorways, stairs, and thick carpeted floors may make wheelchair or walkers impossible to use. High cabinets and bathtubs may be inaccessible for someone with limited joint movement.

What features can allow a family to grow from toddlers to senior years with ease? Here are just a few for you to consider:

Built-in ovens at least 3 feet above the floor

Closed lower cabinetry that can be easily secured

Main living areas, including bedrooms, on most-easily accessible floor of the house

Wide doorways which will accommodate wheelchairs, but may require custom (or creative) gating for toddlers

Doors or gates for stairways, both top and bottom

Low carpeting or bare wood floors for easy wheelchair or walker mobility

Separate tub and shower – tub for the little one, low-step shower for limited mobility

Handrails near toilets which can be appreciated by everyone

Uncluttered rooms with plenty of space for movement and limited obstacles

While this list by no means contains all the features that will make these challenging stages of life easier, hopefully this will help home buyers start thinking about this issue and find a home that will grow with them.

 

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About christinahammondhomes

Christina Hammond is currently a real estate agent for Keller Williams Greater Athens in Athens, Georgia. Her interests in real estate began when she was an undergraduate at Arizona State University, where she studied business and psychology. During her years at ASU, she apprenticed with one of the top producing real estate brokers in the area, learning the details of real estate sales in a large metropolitan area. This practical experience, combined with her university studies, further increased her interest in real estate as a career. Christina excels in developing close working relationships with clients that often grow into long term friendships. She has 15 years of real estate experience, the last 8 in the Athens area. As in Phoenix, she has fostered many connections with her clients and finds this part of her work more satisfying in this smaller venue. As Christina says, “It is enormously rewarding to help a client find a home that is right for them. Homes are the physical manifestation of many people’s dreams, and it is hard to express the satisfaction of helping someone find a home that they love.” Of course, selling real estate requires shrewd understanding of the market and competing forces. Such skills were honed through her academic experience, understanding legal contracts, business negotiations, market competition, etcetera. But from Christina’s perspective, real estate is fundamentally about the people, rather than just buying and selling. When she is contracted, her obligation to her client is paramount, and she will represent them as assertively as is necessary. Christina states, “You learn quickly that in a big city, as well as a smaller community, a great agent must be thorough and aggressive, so that the client can know that their interests are being managed effectively, and it allows them to relax and focus on the big picture.”
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