As promised, here are some tips to make your home more attractive to a special group of buyers – relocating retirees and the those with physical handicaps. Retirees are looking for homes that will grow with (and support them) through their retirement years, and those with current disabilities or limited mobility have immediate needs that are easily met:
Get a Grip
Renovating your bathroom before you put your house on the market? Consider this market and opt for subtle differences that could make the sale: slightly taller toilets or raised toilet seats; grab bars discretely placed in shower, tub, and toilet areas; an easily accessible shower stall with a wide doorway, seating, and a hand-held shower; a wall-mounted sink, which makes access easier for those in wheelchairs.
Now You’re Cooking
In the kitchen, add multi-level counter tops, some low enough to allow work from a seated position, install roll-out shelves in cabinets, and leave room for those who may be maneuvering with the aid of wheelchairs, scooters, or walkers.
Ready, Steady, Go!
Getting into and out of your home for sale is a serious consideration for handicapped buyers. While ramps require professional installation after the sale, there are still small improvements you can make. Get rid of the clutter and don’t over-decorate your doorway. Make sure the front door is wide enough to wheel through.
And once inside, steer clear of unfriendly flooring, including carpeting that’s too thick or floors that are too slick. Widen interior doorways (especially those to bathrooms, bedrooms, and closets) with a simple switch to off-set door hinges to allow doors to open a couple of inches wider. And consider revamping your closets to include a lower level of shelves.
These changes will broaden your buyers’ market without breaking the bank.