If accessibility in your home is a challenge, adding an elevator may seem like the perfect solution. As the footprint of residential elevators has decreased over the years, more homeowners are considering this as a viable option to increase accessibility in the home. However, as with any home improvement project, there are considerations that should be made before other mobility solutions have been ruled out.
These are the 6 factors to consider when it comes to adding a residential elevator to your home:
- The Amount of Space Needed
While the footprint of residential elevators has been reduced significantly in the past few years, many homeowners neglect to realize that in order for an elevator to be installed, there needs to be significant space available. The construction of an elevator shaft can limit the location of the elevator to certain parts of the home or make the installation of a traditional elevator impossible. There are non-traditional options available that include a through the floor elevator and inclined platform lifts.
The cost of adding an elevator to your home may be financially prohibitive for some. On average, a residential elevator installation can cost around $20,000. There are many factors that influence the cost of the elevator and the construction surrounding the installation, retrofitting and finish work required for the install.
- Your Aging in Place Goals
Knowing what you want to accomplish by making a significant improvement like an elevator to your home can help you decide whether or not it is a wise investment. Having a clear idea of what it means to you to stay in your home, be able to maintain your independence and knowing what your mobility concerns will be as you age in your home can help drive the decision to add an elevator to your property or to choose another means of accessibility instead.
- Resale Value
The addition of an elevator to your home can increase the resale value of the property. Making this substantial and permanent modification to the house can be attractive to buyers who are looking to purchase an accessible home. Some buyers may be turned off by the cost of having an elevator in the home and it could be an improvement that works against you when it’s time to sell.
- Timing of the Installation
Putting an elevator in your home requires more time for installation and construction than the addition of a verticle platform lift, a stairlift or an inclined platform lift. If you need an accessibility solution that can be installed fairly quickly, an elevator may not be able to be ready in time to meet your needs.
- Construction Time
The installation of a residential elevator includes some very invasive construction work that can require additional time and money due to unforeseen issues. Choosing to add an elevator to your home can mean weeks of construction noise, dust and, crew members in your space.
At Accessible Systems, we want to ensure that our customers have all the information they need to make these life-changing improvements to their homes. Choosing the right product to expand your access to your home and remove barriers in your residence is the key to freedom and personal mobility. If you’ve been considering a residential elevator but would like more information or are wondering if putting an elevator in your home is truly the best option, let our experienced team help you decide. For more than 18 years, Accessible Systems has been the area’s leader in home accessibility modifications. We understand the challenges you and your loved ones face each day. Put our experience, creativity, and products to work for you and your family today!