Our homes are a huge part of our lives. Whether we have lived in many homes or still in our first house we ever bought, our home is where our heart lies. How can we keep the home we love safe and accessible as we age or for our senior family members?
There are many easy and cost-effective steps we can take to keep our homes safe.
Be sure all stairs have handrails whether inside or outside. Make sure your landing is wide outside and consider getting rid of stairs outside altogether and landscape a gentle rise to the door. Add lights down your outside walkway to keep falls to a minimum. Be aware of the weather. Keep walkways and paths clear after a snowstorm. Shoveling early can prevent a buildup of ice later. Make sure you have salt on hand if ice is an issue.
Do you have a downstairs room you can convert into a master bedroom if your current bedroom is upstairs? Stairs can become difficult as people age and a downstairs bedroom can be a huge help. If this is not possible, make sure the handrails are secure and consider putting non-slippery stair treads for secure footing. Although, it may be pricier, you can install a chair lift or even possibly an elevator.
Adjust the height of the bed for ease of getting in and out and make sure you have easily reachable lighting as well as a phone on the nightstand. There are many kits available to adjust the bed height. This can help prevent a nightime fall.
Grab bars in the shower and near the toilet are important to prevent falls. Bath mats and bath seats can also help.
In the kitchen, whistling tea pots and loud timers can help seniors remember when they have something on the stove.
Another hazard is throw rugs. They tend to bunch up and can easily cause a fall. Make sure all doorways and halls are free and clear for easy access to the whole house. Decluttering can go a long way. It leaves much less hazards to trip or fall over.
Cell phones are a must as we age. Keep it charged and near at all times, especially in the car and out in the yard. This can help if there’s a fall, to get help quickly.
We love our homes and this will help keep us in our homes as we age or as we add older family members to our household.
Visit www.agentrising.com Check out our website to jumpstart your real estate career with online or traditional courses. Now it the time to get into real estate. Our next Live Boot Camp is this week, Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th! It’s now too late to enroll. Call 508-997-8844 or Kate at 508-728-3648
With all the access to online services for buying or selling a home, many buyers and sellers may feel they don’t need a real estate agent. This can be a bad idea.
Real estate agents know the market and the area. They can help you find the perfect home that meets your criteria without a long search. They can help narrow down your search and have access to other agents to help get you in to see your potential home quicker without you having to play phone tag with the agent.
If you are selling your home, you will have to field calls yourself and make appointments. Buyers may feel intimidated to view the home with the sellers present.
Real estate agents are your community experts. They can help with information on the neighborhood and the school systems you may be moving into.
Real estate agents are skilled negotiators. They are the go-between for the buyers and sellers and can help smooth ruffled feathers. They can help you buy or sell a home at the right price without bad feelings between the buyers and sellers that can squash a deal.
Buying or selling a home involves contracts and legal jargon. Real estate agents can help you navigate this journey and connect you with the proper attorney to advise you on all the legal aspects of the transaction.
While there are costs involved in using a real estate agent, the peace of mind and expertise you can expect from your agent is well worth the money.
Are you ready to become a real estate agent? We are here to help. Visit www.agentrising.com to sign up for our Live and online courses. Sign up today and be an agent by the new year. Call 508-997-8844
TECH TUESDAY at RASEM!
This is the first Tech Tuesday! So you know what that means…. basics!
Setting a strong foundation is so important! Read through for strategies, and download our spreadsheets!
You are worth it!
Don’t forget to download…