How to Find Accessible Properties
Finding the perfect home is never easy. When you have accessibility needs though, the process can be even more difficult.
There aren’t many accessible properties available on the market in the first place. Finding the ones that are there can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
You can remove a lot of the stress by doing research and developing a game plan. Here are some tips to help navigate the process of finding your new accessible home:
Assess Your Needs
The first thing you want to do when you start your search will be to write down everything you need. Nothing is too big or too small. For example, if you’re a wheelchair user, you'll have to prioritise wide doorways and low switches. If you have limited hand mobility, easy-to-grip handles and levers should be on your list.
Start looking at the areas you would prefer to live in. You don’t want to be too far from work, doctors, shops, or any essential services. Public transport users with accessibility needs should check local timetables for accessible services. Want to improve your chances of finding the right property? Check our accessible properties and accommodation here.
Check if any properties have any added features. Features like zero entry bathrooms, stairlifts, or ramps. There are many smart home technologies available that make your home more accessible. For people with vision impairment or light sensitivity, adjustable lighting might be helpful.
Ready To Start House Hunting?
eBility knows accessible housing options provide dignity and independence for people with disabilities. That's why we are more than a one-stop shop for any second-hand disability equipment. We also offer a listing of accessible property and accommodation.
Unfortunately, mainstream real estate websites like Realestate and Domain do not have specific search options for accessible properties. So, you will need to contact your local real estate agents one by one and ask them to source any accessible properties for you. This can be a lengthy and time-consuming process. It may take weeks or even months to find a property that suits your needs this way.