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Interstate Moving Professionals

Posted On : Jul 02, 2015

Finding a new home is all about locating a place that meets your specific needs. The location, size, amenities, and surrounding area all play into your final decision about which home you decide to make an offer on. If you are person with a disability, you know that there are certain features that you must have in your new home in order to make life easier. Here are a few tips on finding a home that meets your needs as well as making the moving day go as smoothly as possible.

Assess potential new homes for your specific needs. It seems obvious, but it’s important to go into a home showing keeping your specific needs in mind. If the home doesn’t have certain features that you need, how difficult would they be to install? Changing all of the doorknobs to levers might be easy enough, but if you need a ramp for entry, would installing it be difficult and/or expensive?  Ideally, you should discuss all of your needs with your real estate agent before choosing homes to view. Even if you have a very conscientious agent, he or she might not take into account everything that you need unless you specifically mention it.

Know your rights. If you are renting instead of purchasing your new home, you reserve the right to make reasonable changes to your home to suit your needs. Lower counters and ramps are common changes that are made. It would be best to discuss this with the landlord up front. Even though you have the right to make changes, you don’t want to be stuck with a landlord who will be dragging his or her feet on approving or making the changes. You may need to provide the landlord with documentation stating that the changes are necessary, and in most cases you’ll be responsible for handling the costs of the alterations. If at all possible, see if the changes can be made before you move in so that the home is ready for you from day one.


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Find the right moving company. Moving doesn’t need to be a hassle if you find the right company that provides the services you need. Look for a moving company that will disassemble your furniture and then reassemble it in your new home. This service will be a huge help to anyone who needs help reassembling the furniture in the new home. Talk to your mover about furniture placement in the new home as well. If the movers are reassembling the furniture for you, you might as well have them place it where you want it so you don’t have to ask for help moving couches and tables later on.

Look into discounts. Moving can be an expensive endeavor, so don’t be afraid to ask if your moving company or any other service you’ll be using offers any discounts. Many moving companies will offer discounts for veterans or other groups. It never hurts to ask for discounts in any situation, so why not try?

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