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How to Buy or Sell a Handicapped-Accessible Home

April 29, 2011 11:47 am

By Michael Walsh

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011--If you are elderly or physically impaired, a property that facilitates increased mobility is essential. Such properties not only allow improved access to your home in a general sense, but also the improved ability to move from one part of the property to the other without needless exertion or the risk of harm. In addition, properties with improved mobility access can be highly beneficial to your sense of independence and well-being. Residential elevators, stair chairs and wheelchair lifts are key pieces of equipment which can support you in this way.

Buying a home with a residential elevator, stair chair or wheel chair lift

If you're looking to buy a home, or are looking to buy a home for a mobility-impaired individual, one great place to start is by contacting local community organizations who specialize in aged care or care for the physically handicapped. These organizations will be knowledgeable in the types of suitable properties available locally, and will have existing networks with relevant communities, vendors and intermediaries who will be able to help you.

Contacting local real estate agents directly is another excellent way to find a property fitted with a residential elevator, stair chair or wheelchair lift. While these fittings may be mentioned in some real estate listings, often they are not, meaning that you may be missing out on hearing about a property that is relevant to your needs. Ask your real estate agent to keep a record of local properties that are designed with wheelchair accessibility or accessibility for the mobility impaired in mind, and have them contact you whenever a property that meets your needs is put on the market.

There are also certain factors that you should take into consideration. These include factors such as speed and loading capacity, as well as whether the equipment is accompanied by a regular maintenance service. Some types of equipment will be better suited to some users than others, so bear in mind how the product will be used when you're making your purchasing decision. Another factor to consider is the age of the device and whether there is a valid warranty in place.

Selling a home with vertical transportation facilities

If you're looking to sell a property that is fitted with a residential elevator, stair chair or wheel chair lift, then there are a number of steps that you can take to ensure that you find an appropriate buyer. First, have a technician inspect your equipment to ensure that it's in good working order, and have them provide an assessment about its longevity and maintenance requirements. You should also ensure that you have detailed information about the equipment's specifications and instructions for use on hand, as well as the manufacturer's warranty if still valid.

When putting your home on the market, make a point to emphasize the fact that your property has been fitted to ensure increased mobility for the elderly or the mobility impaired. This can be a strong selling point, particularly if you live in an area with a large population of one of these groups. If you live in a location that has a high proportion of retirement villages, homes and residential care facilities, then pitching your home as being fitted to provide enhanced independence and safety of mobility for residents can be an excellent way of helping to get ahead of the competition.

It can also be worth contacting or having your real estate agent contact local groups or organizations in the community who may specifically be on the look-out for properties with provisions for the elderly or mobility impaired. Doing so will help target a market not necessarily picked up by traditional real estate marketing and will raise greater awareness about your property, increasing the likelihood that you'll find a buyer who will benefit from your home's residential elevator, stair chair or wheel chair lift. You may wish to allow a potential buyer to see the equipment in action first to reassure them that it will be suitable to their needs; doing so can help with the decision-making process.

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