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The dos and don’ts of helping wheelchair users find homes

There are some things that you can do to ensure success, no matter what your clients' needs might be
  • Ask lots of questions -- the right questions.
  • Understand your clients' needs. This is true for all clients, but it's even more critical when clients have special needs.
  • Understand what "accessible" means to your client and show only properties and neighborhoods that are truly accessible.

Moving sucks. It sucks a lot. And that's what you get to do after the long and laborious task of finding a place to live. As I've said before, I'm moving across the country to my hometown into an apartment that I'll share with my boyfriend as we try to find our first home this next year. Having lived in the area I'm moving to for most of my life, I thought it'd be pretty easy to find an apartment. I looked around online for two-bedroom, ground floor apartments that allow pets in my price range -- which apparently is like finding a needle in a haystack. Because I use a wheelchair, a first-floor apartment is a must. So Chris (my boyfriend) and I went to check out an apartment complex that I've lived in three times before. They aren't the nicest units, but they're moderately priced and nice enough to live in for a year or two. We popped in one day, and the girl made us an appointment to come back and meet with a coworker for an apartment showing. goodluz / Shutterstock.co...