According to a recent survey, almost two-thirds of homeowners are planning on renovating in the near future. And while most remodeling projects are intended to improve the functionality of your home, many are now being initiated in order to improve the value of your home as well. If you’re planning to sell your home and want to increase its functionality and value with a single project, then accessibility renovations may be the best choice.
According to AARP and the National Conference of State Legislatures, 90% of people over the age of 65 want to live in their home as long as they can, a growing movement known as “aging in place.” There are a surprising number of simple remodeling projects for any room of your home that can improve its accessibility and overall value, but handi-capable bathrooms are especially popular. Here are just a few simple handicap-accessible features for your bathroom that can increase your home’s value.
Showering is just one of the many tasks that becomes more difficult with age, especially in cramped spaces. While it’s not always financially possible to invest in a new shower with extra room, adding some sort of shower seating is the perfect way to balance comfort, accessibility, and overall appeal. Shower seating can add a sleek and elegant look to almost any shower, and they’re typically much more affordable than many homeowners think. Furthermore, shower seating can be installed quickly and easily, maximizing efficiency and ease of use.
Grab bars are exceedingly useful features for bathrooms of any type and size. They’re also versatile in the sense that they can be installed in various locations for optimal usage. For example, installing a grab bar in the shower can make bathing much simpler for those with accessibility issues. However, a grab bar can also be useful when installed next to the toilet, since it can also be difficult to move from a sitting to standing position. Older Americans suffer from countless injuries that occur in the bathroom, and grab bars are an absolutely perfect example of a home improvement project that requires minimal investment but brings priceless value.
Finally, lowering your sink’s height to around 34 inches can maximize accessibility and add to your home’s value. It may sound surprising, but bathroom renovations already come with a significant ROI, and a lower sink ensures comfort and ease of use for older adults of all abilities. This could also be a good opportunity to invest in a bit of extra counter space for maximum storage, elegance, and aesthetic value. Make sure to look into all of the various materials and designs available for handicap-accessible sinks; you may be surprised at the range of style options you have.
And of course, if possible, it’s best to leave enough space under your new bathroom sink for a wheelchair to fit. This often adds a sleeker look regardless, and it can also serve as a major selling point in the future for home-buyers who are looking for homes with accessibility features.
Ultimately, bathroom additions offer an average of 86.4% ROI, and with the addition of carefully considered accessibility features, your home can become a place of comfort and stability for people of all abilities. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a local contractor for more information about how to improve your home’s value through features that improve mobility.