Think before building or moving

With interest rates low, many people are thinking of buying a house or building that dream new home. Ninety-nine percent of the time, a new home purchase is the biggest investment you will make.

People with pre-existing disabilities usually think ahead and plan for obstacles and possible hindrances in the new house or building project. Wide doors and an open floor plan are usually very good ideas. These options are easy to incorporate when you know your limitations.

It might do everyone middle-aged and over some good to do a little thinking and planning ahead too. If you or someone in your family is arthritic or have a history of arthritis one might want to avoid too many stairs and steps. It may not seem like a big deal now, but later on in life you might appreciate not having to climb uphill to go to bed, use the bathroom or carry in groceries. Also consider family and friends who might want to come for an extended visit or a vacation.

Also remember to keep that new home safe. Install smoke detectors for everyone. There are not only the normal, everyday smoke detectors but also ones for the hearing impaired and deaf as well. These detectors give off a bright flashing light to alert of impending danger to those who cannot hear. There are also vibrating detectors to lie on your bed or under your pillow.

Yes, it does pay to think ahead when making one of the biggest investments of your life. Just a little preplanning can make this purchase safe, sound and practical.

If you have any experiences with this subject please share in the comments section. For more information on helping people with disabilities in your community please call us at 1-888-503-7955 or email us at info@maysmission.org today. Thank you for supporting the disabled!

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