Living Life With ADD: 3 Real Estate Features That Will Help You Stay Focused

Living with an Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) can be difficult – especially since you can become easily distracted, unfocused, and irritable. While therapy and prescription medications can help treat core symptoms, being picky about where you live can also prove to be extremely helpful. When looking to buy a new home, here are 3 real estate features you should look for.

A Quiet Neighborhood

If you have ADD, you really need to think twice about the neighborhood you'll be living in. Those struggling with ADD tend to lack the filters that are needed to block out environmental noise and distractions that would otherwise be unnoticed by those who don't have ADD, so make sure you choose a quiet neighborhood.

In particular, you'll want to visit the real estate property during rush hours to gauge how noisy the neighborhood is when everyone is up and about. You'll want to avoid busy streets where a lot of traffic can be expected and real estate properties that are located in prime locations, such as those that are near grocery stores and public schools. In addition, avoid properties that are close to public transit stations, as these neighborhoods can get quite noisy at night. You should give your real estate agent a heads-up regarding the fact that a quiet neighborhood is highly desired. This way, a real estate agent, like Joan Schultz Realtor, can weed out properties that might not meet your expectations.

Solid, Concrete Walls

The type of materials that the property is made of should also be carefully scrutinized, as you want to choose a place that will literally be sound-free. In particular, ask the real estate agent whether the walls are made from concrete, as concrete walls can block over 80% of sound compared to wood or steel framing. This feature is particularly important if you will be living with someone else. You don't want to be distracted by music playing in a closed room in your house while you are trying to get work done somewhere else.

Built-In Shelving 

Since excess stimuli and clutter can distract you from the task at hand, it's important to stay as organized as possible. The layout of the property is incredibly important. You want to look for properties that have many storage spaces integrated into the design. If a part of the property is already designed and furnished, you'll want to look for homes that have built-in shelves rather than cabinets. Built-in shelves will allow you to get a good look at what is stored, so you'll be able to easily find the things you're looking for. In fact, ADDitude Magazine says that many people with ADD like to organize things in full view so they remember to repair, replace, or remove certain items. 

Finding a home that will cater to your ADD can be difficult; however, it's not impossible. Make a list of the requirements that are important to you and send them to your real estate agent, so that your agent can filter out properties that won't meet your expectations.