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Anna Teyssonniere de Gramont, Houlihan Lawrence Inc.
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Searching For A Home For Three Generations

by Anna Teyssonniere de Gramont 02/17/2019

Buying a home that works for both seniors and young children can be complicated, if not impossible. When searching for a new home, it’s important to keep in mind the special requirements for every member of your family both now, and as they continue to age.

Parents or other older relatives may need assistance getting upstairs or in and out of a tub. Even if they are fine now, aging is a tricky thing and mobility issues can crop up at any time. Planning for them now can save you money and stress in the future.

At the other end of the spectrum, child-proofing a home is important for small children or new infants, so keep an eye out for sharp edges and remember you’ll have to bring strollers, high-chairs, car seats and more so plan for easy-to-open doors. Don’t forget that as your kids get older, their needs will change as well: plan for privacy and personal space where you can to save on upgrading your home in the future.

For the best home search, make sure to let your real estate agent know who all will be living with you. He or she can assist in finding homes with the features you need and can provide advice about what things are feasible to change yourself, and what will make a house cost more than your budget in the long run.

Some important features to look for include:

  • Need help affording a home that meets all your needs? What if you just want to upgrade your existing home? Government agencies offer financial grants and assistance to retrofit your home for the elderly. Check with your agent to see what you might qualify for.
  • Ready to find the forever home for your entire family? We can help! Talk to your agent about the best way to search for your new home.
  • Wide Doorways: A door without a turning requirement (and those that open wider than a right angle) need to be at least 32 inches wide to ensure that wheelchairs and walkers will fit. Right angle doorways or those that require turning to enter or exit should be at least 36 inches wide.
  • Wide Hallways: For comfortable use by strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs, look for hallways that are at least 42 inches wide. That much space gives you the option of installing handrails on one or both sides. Handrails can help both small children learning to walk, and elderly people with mobility issues.

That’s the easy part. The hardest room for both the very young and the elderly is the bathroom. It’s a good idea to ensure that your home has a minimum of 2 full bathrooms to allow you to accommodate the needs of all members of your family. Seniors need ADA toilets (also called comfort height) and grab bars, while your small child would need an extra-tall stool to use the taller toilet. Large showers with floor level entrances, seats and grab bars are best for the elderly, but its often easier to wash your kids in a tub, especially when they’re young. With two bathrooms, you can satisfy the needs of everyone in the family.

Last, but not least, pay attention to faucets, handles, and knobs. Rounded ones can be difficult for both the old and young members of your family. Look for a single handle, lever and touchless options for the best results all around. Don’t forget to test cabinets and drawers for weight or friction pull closers since those are more difficult than soft close or magnetic options. It’s okay if the home doesn’t come pre-fitted with the knobs, handles, etc. you want, a quick trip to your local hardware store will solve it.

Need help affording a home that meets all your needs? What if you just want to upgrade your existing home? Government agencies offer financial grants and assistance to retrofit your home for the elderly. Check with your agent to see what you might qualify for.

Ready to find the forever home for your entire family? Talk to your agent about the best way to search for your new home.

About the Author

Author
Anna Teyssonniere de Gramont
About My Life Polish born, French by marriage, American Resident since 2004. I know first-hand the stress and excitement of moving. With my husband and our 3 children we lived in Warsaw (Poland), Versailles (France), Singapore (Singapore), Chesney (France), San Francisco (California) and now Scarsdale (New York). I have earned Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Warsaw School of Economics. After working for a number of years in Finance Department for BOC Gases in Warsaw and Singapore, I dedicated my life to raising my 3 children, supporting my husband and taking care of our multiple homes. Since we settled down in Westchester, I have been actively involved in my children's schools' life. I offered volunteer work to Lyceum Kennedy, French American School of New York (FASNY) as well as Thornton Donovan School in New Rochelle. Recently, we have adopted a dog named Teepee from Pet Rescue in Harrison. Besides English, I speak Polish (native), French and some basic Russian. About My Work Whether you want to sell, buy or rent, we will work as a team. I strongly believe communication is key in building our relationship. You should never hesitate to pick up your phone and call or text me. I will always do my best to get you an answer or point you to a reliable resource. In this very competitive business of real estate, satisfied clients are the key to my success. Let me show you what I can do for you. Selling a home is a very important decision. Some try to sell their home by themselves. It is understandable, but 80% of homeowners hire a professional in order to sell quickly and for the best price the market can offer. Real Estate agents constantly monitor their local market. I have seen countless houses in every price range in many neighborhoods in Westchester. This extensive experience, helps me price your home right for the current market condition. We will work together to prepare your home for sale and professional photographs. Houlihan Lawrence lends their angent the best marketing tools to advertise your home. I will manage the showings for you and help negotiate the best price. Give yourself the best chance to find a qualified Buyer, so you can quickly and smoothly move to wherever you wish to be next. Talk to a professional Realtor. Talk to me. Buying a home is one of the most important decisions in life and for most people the biggest financial commitment, too. There is more to buying real property than finding a pretty home on-line. It is a process. It may go smoothly, if you understand it well and come prepared. As your agent, I can offer guidance and market information you need. I will show all the houses you will want to visit. I will verify information provided on the listing, I will give you information about its history and similar houses sold in the neighborhood to help you negotiate. As your agent, I will always have your best interest in mind! Don’t give up the chance to have a professional on your side. My area of expertise is buying, selling and renting residential properties in Lower Westchester NY: White Plains, Rye, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Scarsdale, Bronxville, Edgemont, Eastchester, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Ossining and Yonkers