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Adapting A Property To Be Wheelchair-Friendly – A Home Value Booster

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The number of Americans that use wheelchairs, or other wheeled mobility aids, is increasing. The National Institutes of Health estimate that 3.6 million Americans already need wheeled devices. These statistics are likely to increase proportionally in the future. This creates an apparent demand for housing space that is fit for wheelchairs, yet most American homes aren’t up to the task. Adapting a home to be wheelchair-friendly is an inclusive act that invites people living with disability to be welcome in your home.

This also creates another block in the accessible housing picture and might increase its value.

Adapting to disability

A range of adaptations must be considered when renovating a house in line with wheelchair usage.

Military.com highlights a range of these. They go from installing wheelchairs and ramps to widening doorways, and they also include creating largerWheelchair-Friendly - wheelchair friendly small handicap house plans carports and accessible switches throughout the home. And there’s a scale of how much to do.

As a rule of thumb, try to do more. Making the house accessible will help wheelchair users and people diagnosed with other types of disability.

Individuals diagnosed with mobility-affecting conditions such as cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis will benefit from a wholly inclusive and accessible home.

If you can put a full range of accessibility changes in, you’ll widen the appeal of your disability-friendly home.

Further adaptations to become Wheelchair-Friendly.

Ensuring that a home is fully accessible and comfortable is the first step in creating a disability-friendly home. However, there are further steps you can take to enhance further the independence the house makes. One way of achieving this is by dropping counters and even windowsills.

Including these features enables people that use wheelchairs to enjoy a fully independent life to the same extent as their counterparts who do not need those adaptations.

Having handles and ramps is one step in the bathroom. But creating an entire wet room will take the effort to another level.

Improving the value by making it Wheelchair-Friendly

Accessible homes are worth more in the real estate market. Given the generally low level of accessible housing stock, any genuinely disability-inclusive properties that provide a high level of independence to owners living with disability will attract higher sale prices.

According to Abilities, the adaptations can add value to the home. And elevators and stairlifts can act as luxury features and add considerable ROI on installation. Furthermore, according to BHG, many adaptations that make a home genuinely accessible are also subject to state and federal subsidies.

You can attract tax rebates for many of the changes that will convert a house into a disabled-friendly space, one of the critical demands of the modern housing market.

You’ll also be doing a bit of good. Accessible homes are in short supply, and adding them to the housing market means tackling the challenge one house at a time. Your forever home may one day be passed over to a family with your exact needs of yourself.



Written By: Georges Benoliel

Georges has been working in Wall Street for the last 16 years trading derivatives with hedge funds. He has been an active real estate investor for over a decade. Georges graduated from HEC Business School in Paris and holds a master in Finance from ESADE Barcelona.

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