When choosing your current home

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Registered: 01-03-2001
When choosing your current home
Sun, 08-04-2013 - 11:08am

Did you make your choice based on your age and abilities? If you could give advice to young people chosing their permanent homes, what advice would you give them?

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Avatar for elc11
Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 08-06-2013 - 6:36pm

We bought this house when we were in our early 40s and did not think ahead to aging or possible disabilities or needing handicapped access. Since its a very old house it would be difficult to make changes for wheelchair access...if it comes to that, we may have to move. We hope to "age in place" but it may not be possible if either of us develops certain physical limitations. Fortunately we're both still in good health.

For anyone under 50 choosing a home, I would suggest just getting a home that suits their needs for that phase of their life---kids, entertaining, working from home, whatever. Trying to plan for unknown needs in 20 years is really hard, so I would just deal with it when it becomes a reality.

Maybe the best advice to give to young people is to take care of their bodies---eat well and exercise and try to avoid things that could lead to health problems that require special accomodations in the home. Then they would be more likely to be able to stay in whatever type of housing they prefer.

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Registered: 01-02-2008
Thu, 08-08-2013 - 8:18am

well being 59 which I am now I never th ought of the type of home that would be practical but now when I look at apartments I usually dont want alot of stairs anymore as I think climbing them with laundry or groceries....

I also like having some space in a yard or patio because being outdoors is important to me.. Just walking outside to sit in the sun or have time to enjoy the fresh air without going anywhere.. I also love the idea of having a place to do laundry and not go out to a laundromat.. So many little things you dont think of when renting or buying a house..

I have gotten spoiled staying with my sister in a house because of the freedom of house living and just being able to walk outside freely and having a laundry room.. The house is small so there arent many stairs to climb..

I would tell young people to really be careful on what type of house you purchase and the location.. Location seems to be alot these days also.. Like if your car breaks down and you need to take a bus or public transportation.. Living near some stores is nice in case you get sick and you cant get out quickly.. Near some pharmacies and also try not being too isolated from general population.


Avatar for champagneonice
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-15-2001
Thu, 08-08-2013 - 11:14pm

When we purchased this home 6 years ago we weren't really thinking about the years ahead. We liked the town and the people, there are 2 large lots on which our house sits and the price was right. We've done extensive remodeling, both indoors and out. The drawback is that we are dog and cat rescuers. Though there's ample room outdoors for the 5 dogs in a chain link enclosure, the inside is smaller than we would like. Adding on is not an option at this time. Some of our dogs sleep with us and there are 7 indoor only cats. (None sleep with us.) Smile I think maybe we were a little too anxious to have this house and didn't take into consideration the smaller living space. We are on one level, which I recommend to anyone when they buy their "forever" home. Neither myself nor my hubby are able to climb lengthy stairs. Also, we didn't have a clue that one day we would have a relative with Alzheimers. We don't have an extra bedroom and my mother really needs to move in with us. We don't know what life will deal us, so I agree that maybe its best to take it one day at a time. On the flip side, I think we should all take into consideration what future needs there might be.

Sorry, that's the best I can do for this question. Smile

Avatar for wClarity
Community Leader
Registered: 11-04-2012
Fri, 08-09-2013 - 4:55pm

I just made a big move.  I left a 10-year relationship due to alcoholism, and because I could not have afforded to live in Massachusetts on my fixed income, and stairs were becoming a problem, I came down to Florida and purchased myself this absolutely perfect-for-me cute and well-kept mobile home in a 55+ community.

I feel safe, I have no stairs except for the '1, 2 and you're in' stairs to get in, have a lovely little yard, which was very important to me. It is a single wide, but very long with a bedroom at each end, a full bath, 1/2 a bath, full kitchen, an island that separates the kitchen from the good-sized living, a completely furnished lanai with a pull out couch, a carport, which I love, because if it suddenly starts raining...and it does that a lot here...I'm protected and under which two cars can fit, a stereo, outdoor swing for two...even four could fit, a nice table and chairs outside and a grill. So, it looks wide too with the lanai and carport on each side.  It is what they call turn-key, and I didn't know what that meant until it was just a matter of turning the key and everything...and I mean everything I need was provided.  I could never have afford furnishing a place like this after the purchase (and it was only $10,000). Completely furnished...even...the lanai. Two TVs, computer desk/shelf, all the kitchen appliances, a shed at the end of the carport with a washer and dryer, dishes, towels...the previous owners had really nice taste and everything was practically new, flatware (which I did replace along with some kitchen towels), lovely flowers around the house...hibiscus, pup plants, crown of thorns, gardenia bush and a couple of others I don't know the name of.  

So yes, my age and limitations were a big factor in my purchase.  I think I really scored on this deal :)


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Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Tue, 08-13-2013 - 8:44pm

Hi Karla,

I certainly took into consideration my inability to climb stairs when we bought this house. Most builders today aren't building one story houses here in CA. Instead they are cramming macmansions on to postage stamp lots. But it is a large house and a huge yard and so I have to have paid help and I certainly hope that I can continue to do that. I would like to move back down town for the vibrancy but they are only building three story condos and that won't work for me. One place put in the space for an elevator in each condo and that adds from $30,000 to $100,000 to the cost of the unit. I can't afford that. I really wish that they would build some smaller one story houses on decent sized lots and I would sell this wonderful house that we have modified both inside and outside.