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Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 11/24/2019

When a loved one needs a bit more help to get around the house, whether they have simple physical limitations or rely on the use of a wheelchair, you’re going to need to make some major changes both inside and outside the home. You may be overwhelmed with the idea that you need to overhaul your entire home in order to make suitable accommodations. The good news is that you can boost safety around the property and make your home easier for you or loved ones to get around without huge renovation projects that will take months at a time. Below, you’ll find some of the most important projects that will need to be completed in order to make a home handicap accessible as well as safe and healthy.


Check The Doorways


If wheelchair use is part of the accommodation, you’ll need to check the width of the doorways. Some doorways may need to be modified in order for wheelchairs to move freely about the home. Widening doorways can cost anywhere between $500-$1,000 to complete depending on where the throughway is in the home. 


Adjust The Showers


The safest way to make a shower handicap accessible to is make it a walk in tub or a wheelchair accessible tub. Depending upon the extent of the accommodations that are needed, you can go a cheaper route and install a bench seat in an existing shower. Hand rails can also be added to the tub for extra safety.


Think Of The Entire Bathroom


The simple addition of grab bars can make a big difference in the safety of a bathroom. Make sure that the bars are installed in easy to reach places. Also any supplies that are needed in the bathroom like soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste should be easy to reach. A toilet riser can also be considered to help people who have issues bending down in order to make the toilet easier to use. 


Don’t Forget The Kitchen     


The kitchen should be a place where accommodations for handicap individuals are definitely present. First, all supplies should be easy to reach. Next, appliances should be adjusted accordingly. Grab bars should also be installed in the kitchen to make safety a priority and accessibility easy.


Install Ramps


Whether or not a disabled person uses a wheelchair, installing a ramp can make a huge difference in the home for a disabled individual. Converting stairways to ramps actually isn’t as expensive as you might think it would be, with costs starting at just $100 for a basic ramp. Custom ramps can run a bit more expensive- as much as $1,000. These make it easier for disabled people to get in and out of the home or around the inside of the home with ease. The total cost can vary based on the size of the ramp and the type of materials being used.


Mind The Floors


To make a home handicap accessible, thick carpets should be removed. Any types of flooring that make it hard to maneuver a wheelchair or walker should be modified.





Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 10/15/2017

If you’re thinking of renovating your home, you’re probably under the impression that it’s all positive. Be careful in your choices for renovations. Below, you’ll find some renovations that you should avoid for various reasons. 


Decrease The Number Of Bedrooms


If you’re thinking of getting rid of a bedroom in order to expand other rooms in your home, it might not be the best decision. The more bedrooms a home has, the more it’s worth. If you’re planning on selling anytime in the future, you should think twice about this type of renovation.


The reason for this is that listing prices are set by looking at comparable homes in the area. If you eliminate bedrooms, you end up changing the comparable value of your home, effectively reducing it. Home buyers are typically attracted to the overall accommodating size of the home and can often ignore the actual size of the rooms.    


Large Master Bedrooms


The trend for a large master bedroom is fading. People tend to see that they need extra furniture to fill the space, making it feel overwhelming. The only exception to this problem with master bedrooms is families who have a member that needs a private, separate space in the home. 


Taking Out Closets


If you take out a closet to make more space in the rooms of your home, you’ll end up regretting it. Homes lacking closet space will be much harder to sell. People need closets to store their things in. If buyers walk through the home and don’t see a lot of storage space, they could think twice about putting an offer in.


Making Your Garage Anything But A Garage


If you get rid of a garage to store a car and trade it in for a new area of living space, you could end up regretting your decision. The garage is a valuable storage space for homeowners that can take away some appeal from your home. A good majority of buyers state that having a traditional garage is very important for them in their home search.  


Wall Colors And Decor That Aren’t For Every Taste


Whether your walls have been wallpapered or painted, you don’t want to do a renovation that will completely turn people off from your home. You can really overdo it when it comes to wall colors, textures, and patterns. Whether you have guests over or are planning on selling your home in the near future, you don’t want to turn people off from your home. As a homeowner, you’ll also get sick of overpowering colors and textures as well.




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