Staging your home is important, we all know that. You want it to be inviting and friendly to all who enter – from the front door to eye-popping entryway, to the cozy kitchen, and more, your efforts should
be designed with your future buyers in mind.
But are you considering the Boomers or retiree buyers? Quite often, this group is looking for a home that will go the distance, as well as disabled buyers who need a home that meets their current needs. If they are currently relying on a wheelchair and walker just to get around, one of their biggest obstacles could be their own home! Renovations — and furniture choices – are things they are beginning to reconsider. Narrow walkways through the kitchen in order to fit that awesome granite-topped island now could make it impossible for them to access the stove or the refrigerator. The beautiful new bathroom (lovely, but also a tight squeeze) that is absent anything for them to hold onto in the bath or shower.
So if you’re planning on doing some minor (or major) renovations before your house goes on the market, here are a few things to keep in mind:
In the Bathroom – Renovating your bathroom before you put your house on the market? Consider the Boomer 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.
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.
In the Front – 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.