For many, home purchase means living in the house permanently. Unless things change and you need to move, or better opportunities arise elsewhere, you plant your feet where you buy your house. Your home address may not change, but your needs do, over time.
Here are some ways to prepare your home for the future.
Get Portable Tubs
Though regular tubs seem elegant and Instagram-worthy in the middle of a carefully arranged bathroom, you need to think beyond aesthetics. As you get older, it gets harder to get out of the tub on your own. You may also be prone to accidents because of the slippery surface.
A portable tub can be located in the most convenient place in your house, so you won’t have to walk far. They also come with a door, so you don’t have to lift your feet much to get out of the tub.
Buy a House with an Additional Room
Preparing for the future doesn’t just mean preparing for your older years. It also means preparing for any additions to your household, such as a child or grandchild. If you can’t afford a bigger house, at least make plans for the renovation of the basement or the garage.
These are two places that could double as a guest room and, eventually, a real room. If you’re planning to have a baby, however, you need to make sure the space for the newborn is near your room.
Choose a Senior-friendly Layout
When it comes to moving around the house, you may not have a problem now that your bones are strong and your knees are not weak. As old age sets in, however, you’ll want a shorter distance between the most important rooms.
Plan the rooms of the house as early as now, or if you don’t want to renovate, look for homes that already have a convenient layout. The fewer steps to maneuver, the better.
There’s a sense of security when you know you have a place to live. It’s even better if that place is comfortable for you at any age.