Flipping Fixer Upper Homes

Tips For Finding A Handicap-Accessible Apartment To Rent

If you are wheel-chair bound and are looking for an apartment to rent, you should specifically ask property managers if they have handicap-accessible apartments for rent. While this is something you may find with some buildings, there are also a lot of apartments for rent that are not handicap-accessible. If you cannot find one that is suitable as-is, here are some tips to help you find real estate that will work with your lifestyle.

Look For a First-Floor Unit

While many apartment complexes may have elevators, it will probably be easier for you to live if you are on the first floor of a building. First-floor units are typically handicap-accessible in most buildings, and living on the first floor will be more convenient for you if you are in a wheelchair.

Examine The Openings In The Unit

If you have some scheduled appointments to see first-floor units, one of the main things you should examine is the openings of the doorways. Standard doorways are not always big enough for a wheelchair to get through; however, some buildings might have wider openings. The best thing to do is wheel yourself through an apartment to see how well you can maneuver through it.

As you examine the units you are interested in, you may also want to take note of the following details:

  • The height of the toilet
  • The size of the bathroom (to make sure your wheelchair fits)
  • The type of tub it has

If you have been in a wheelchair for any length of time, you will probably know other details to check as you are there.

Find Out If You Can Make Modifications

If you cannot find a unit that is totally designed for a person in a wheelchair, you could always talk to the owners of the apartments you view to find out if you are allowed to make modifications for your needs. For example, you might want to ask if you can have grab bars installed on the walls in the bathroom to help you get around easier and safer. You could also ask if they would allow you to remove a door from its hinges to give you more space to get in and out of the bedroom or bathroom.

As you begin searching for the right apartment to rent, ask upfront if the landlord has any handicap-accessible units. If not, you could still visit some of the units to see if any would work for your needs.

About Me

Flipping Fixer Upper Homes

There is a lot of interest in flipping fixer upper homes, thanks in part to the various reality shows involving the subject that you can watch on TV. However, what you see on TV isn't always the reality of this type of work. My name is Mark Chavez and I have worked flipping fixer upper homes for over a decade now. While I love the work, there isn't always as much profit as they show on television and not every flip is successful. I decided to create this website to talk about the pros, cons and truths surrounding this industry. If you have been thinking about buying a home to flip, I hope my website educates you so you have a real idea as to what you can expect.