If you yourself or a loved one doesn’t have any special needs, then you may find this hard to relate to? When I was growing up, my parents taught me to experience the lives of those with special needs. On my days off from school, they would suggest that I tie a piece of cloth over my eyes, or bend one of my legs and tie it up, to experience what it feels like.
The behaviours that individuals with special needs think as normal and necessary seem odd and different to those without experience living with special needs members. So it is too, when it comes to real estate.
Here are 7 tips to create a positive real estate experience for your special needs family:
- Talk with your REALTOR®. Explain your family situation and talk about modifications to scheduling and accommodations. If your REALTOR® doesn't understand ─ find someone who does.
- Talk with the members of your family who have special needs. The word "routine" is part of the everyday lexicon. Start discussing the changes in their environment and the positives of moving to a new home.
- Include the family member with special needs and take them with you to view homes. Let them ask questions and allow them to experience the joy of picking out their room, their house, their yard.
- Plan a second viewing. Use one visit to let your individual with special needs see the home, and then another by yourself. This will give you the opportunity to review the house before making a decision.
- Whether buying or selling, build a schedule that suits your needs and make it less of a burden and more of an adventure. Ensure your REALTOR® knows the schedule and is adaptable to it.
- Take your time. Understand that this long process is going to take even longer and give your family time to adapt to the idea and to the actual move.
- Think customization. With my degree in Architecture this part comes easy to me. I have advised many clients on home customizations before they buy. These could be a simple ramp up the stairs to the house, converting the powder room into a full bathroom with a shower or extending a floor. The ability to customize opens up the number of homes you can choose from. Who doesn’t like choices? Try to find a REALTOR who can help you with modifications to existing homes in order to accommodate your requirements.
Have fun and enjoy the experience! Happy buying and selling!
Formally educated as an Architect, Jagdeep Singh is Toronto REALTOR™ consulting on both resale real estate and new developments. Powerful Local Focus on Real Estate with a Global Perspective™. This post is for information purposes only. Though effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the contents, the reader is advised to verify the information independently. This post may contain contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. The reader is not allowed to reproduce it in any medium without the author’s prior written permission. Jagdeep Singh is a broker with Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd., brokerage (416) 798-7133 which is independently owned and operated. This message is not intended to solicit parties currently under contract.