As you age, you may find that your needs start to change. Maybe you don't need as much space as you used to, or maybe you're having a hard time getting up and down the stairs. If you're downsizing, finding the right house for sale means looking for features that'll help you age in place comfortably.
What Should Seniors Look for in a New Home?
1. Single-Story Designs
Many seniors struggle with joint point and balance issues that can make stairs especially dangerous. Even if you're comfortable climbing a flight of stairs now, that may change over time. Limiting your house hunt to single-story homes will ensure you can live in your new house safely for years to come.
2. Walk-In Bathtub
Seniors are injured every day due to falling accidents, many of which occur in the bathroom. Walk-in showers and bathtubs are usually safer for those who might have trouble stepping into a full-size tub. This will allow you to feel confident and independent far into old age.
3. Wide Hallways
People with mobility issues often have trouble getting around their homes, especially if they have narrow hallways with tight turns. When touring houses for sale, consider whether someone in a wheelchair or scooter would be able to access each room comfortably and safely.
4. Convenient Power Outlets & Light Switches
If you develop mobility issues in the future, light switches and power outlets may become challenging to reach. Whenever possible, try to find a house for sale with higher power outlets and lower light switches than usual, as these features will be easier to reach from a wheelchair.
If you’re buying a home anywhere in Anoka County or the Hennepin area of Minnesota, the agents at EXIT Realty Nexus have the skills and tools to find a place you’ll love. Their team prides itself on knowing every neighborhood in the area, helping them take the stress out of house-hunting. Visit their website to browse houses for sale, or call (763) 548-1400 to speak with a real estate agent.