Buying an Accessible Home

Are you or a loved one searching for a home that caters to specific mobility needs? Navigating the real estate market can be challenging, especially when considering accessibility for individuals with mobility issues. As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) in Edmonton and area, I understand the importance of finding a home that not only meets your current needs but also supports your future comfort and independence. Here's a comprehensive guide outlining essential factors to consider when purchasing an accessible home in or around Edmonton.

1. Location Matters: Begin your search by identifying neighborhoods that offer convenient access to amenities such as medical facilities, grocery stores, public transportation, and recreational areas. Proximity to essential services can significantly enhance daily living for individuals with mobility challenges.

2. Single-Level Living: Look for homes that feature single-level living or have a main floor with minimal steps. This layout eliminates the need to navigate stairs regularly, making it easier to move around freely.

3. Wide Doorways and Hallways: Pay attention to the width of doorways and hallways. Optimal accessibility requires wider passages to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, or mobility aids comfortably. Ensure that door frames are wide enough to facilitate easy passage throughout the home.

4. Bathroom Features: Accessible bathrooms are a crucial aspect of an inclusive home. Features to look for include grab bars strategically placed near the toilet and shower, roll-in showers with no threshold, and adjustable showerheads. Additionally, consider the placement of light switches and faucets for easy reach.

5. Kitchen: Assess the kitchen layout to ensure it's conducive to accessibility. Look for lower countertops, accessible storage solutions such as pull-out shelves and drawers, and lever-style handles on cabinets and faucets. A kitchen with ample maneuvering space allows for greater independence in meal preparation.

6. Entrance: Evaluate the entry points of the home for features such as ramps or zero-step entries. An accessible entrance ensures ease of entry for individuals with mobility aids, including wheelchairs and scooters.

7. Flooring Options: Consider the flooring materials throughout the home. Opt for smooth surfaces such as hardwood, laminate, vinyl plank or low-pile carpeting, which facilitate smooth movement for wheelchairs and walkers. Avoid high-pile carpets or rugs that may pose tripping hazards.

8. Safety Features: Prioritize safety by checking for features such as well-lit pathways, handrails along staircases, and non-slip flooring in wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Additionally, ensure that electrical outlets and switches are positioned at accessible heights.

9. Future Adaptability: Think long-term and assess the potential for future modifications to accommodate changing needs. An accessible home should offer flexibility for installing additional features as required.

10. Consult with a Real Estate Professional: Partner with a knowledgeable real estate agent who specializes in accessibility and understands the unique needs of individuals with mobility issues. A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) can provide valuable guidance and support throughout the home buying process, ensuring you find a property that meets your specific requirements.

By prioritizing these essential factors, you can confidently navigate the real estate market in Edmonton and find a home that not only meets your current accessibility needs but also supports your long-term comfort and independence. As your trusted Edmonton REALTOR® and Seniors Real Estate Specialist®, I'm here to assist you every step of the way. Get in touch today to start your journey towards finding the perfect accessible home in Edmonton.


For Sale - 9515 99 ST in Morinville

I have listed a property at 9515 99 ST in Morinville.
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Welcome to this fantastic 2-story home. Step inside to discover a bright, open floor plan. The main floor offers an inviting living space with a cozy gas fireplace, a TV mount over the fireplace, modern light fixtures and easy-clean vinyl plank flooring. Enjoy newer stainless steel appliances and a handy island in the kitchen, complete with ample cupboard and counter space. There is also a 2-piece bathroom here and patio doors lead you to your private deck and fenced yard backing green space. Upstairs, you will discover the primary bedroom with a ceiling fan and its own full, 4-piece ensuite. You’ll also find two additional bedrooms and another full bathroom. The partly finished basement adds extra living space with a generous-sized family/flex room. The laundry and furnace room are here, too, as well as ample storage space. Enjoy the convenience of an attached garage, ideal for those chilly winters, and visitor parking for your guests. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to make this your new home!

Transform Your Kitchen: A Step-by-Step Guide to Giving Your Cabinets a Facelift

Are your kitchen cabinets looking a little worn out or outdated? Don't fret! With a little elbow grease and creativity, you can give your cabinets a brand new look without breaking the bank. As an Edmonton area Realtor, I understand the importance of a fresh and inviting kitchen when it comes to selling your home. That's why I'm here to guide you through the process of transforming your cabinets into stunning focal points that will impress potential buyers.

Preparation is Key

Before you dive into painting, it's crucial to prep the area properly. Start by removing all hardware, including knobs, handles, and hinges. This will make the painting process much smoother and ensure a clean finish. Next, thoroughly clean the cabinets with a mixture of warm water and mild detergent to remove any grease, dirt, or grime. Once they're clean, lightly sand the surfaces to create a smooth base for the paint to adhere to.

Selecting the Perfect Paint

When it comes to painting cabinets, it's essential to use high-quality paint that's specifically designed for the job. Opt for a durable, semi-gloss or satin finish paint that will withstand daily wear and tear. Additionally, consider the color carefully. Neutral tones like white, gray, or beige are timeless and can help brighten up the space, making it appear larger and more inviting.

Priming for Success

To ensure a professional-looking finish and long-lasting results, don't skip the primer! A good quality primer will help the paint adhere better to the surface and prevent stains and discoloration from showing through. Apply a thin, even coat of primer to the cabinets, using a brush or roller, and allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Painting Doors and Drawers

Once the primer is dry, it's time to start painting! Begin with the cabinet doors and drawers, as these are the most visible parts of the cabinets. Use smooth, even strokes to apply the paint, starting from the inside edges and working your way outwards. Be sure to paint in the direction of the wood grain for a seamless finish. Depending on the color and coverage, you may need to apply multiple coats, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before adding the next.

Reassembly and Completion

After the paint has dried completely, it's time to reassemble the cabinets. Carefully reinstall the hardware, making sure everything is aligned correctly and securely tightened. Take your time with this step to ensure that your cabinets look polished and professional.

By following these steps and putting in a little time and effort, you can breathe new life into your kitchen cabinets and enhance the overall look and feel of your space. Whether you're preparing to sell your home or simply want to update your kitchen, giving your cabinets a facelift is a cost-effective way to achieve stunning results. If you're considering selling your home in the Edmonton area and need more tips on how to stage your kitchen for maximum appeal, don't hesitate to reach out to me, Jason, your trusted Edmonton Realtor. Happy painting!


For Sale - 305 10142 111 ST in Edmonton

I have listed a property at 305 10142 111 ST in Edmonton.
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Don't miss this outstanding executive suite at gorgeous Meridian Plaza! Experience the one-of-a-kind grand indoor atrium view from your year-round balcony in this spotless home. Enjoy Hunter Douglas automated blinds, built-in closet organizers, and in-suite laundry with custom cabinetry. The upgraded kitchen boasts high-end stainless steel appliances, island, pantry, under-cabinet lighting and granite countertops. Luxurious touches include upgraded light fixtures and beautiful hardwood floors. Cozy up with two fireplaces, including one in the primary bedroom. Building amenities include a social room, business center, gym, bike storage, and a rentable suite for guests. The heated underground parkade includes an oversized titled parking stall for you and convenient visitor parking for your guests. Walking distance to everything downtown has to offer as well as a new stop on the future Valley Line LRT. Perfect for those seeking an exceptional lifestyle. Don't miss your opportunity to own this unique gem!
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