How to Make Your Home ADA Accessible

How to Make Your Home ADA Accessible


Accessibility is something that many people don’t think about until they need it. Accessibility usually becomes a consideration with age, but it can become a factor at any point during a person’s life. Houses technically don’t have to follow ADA standards, but making your house ADA accessible can potentially put your house above others in the running. 


What is the ADA?

ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is a law that bans discrimination against those with disabilities. The purpose of the law is to protect people with disabilities and ensure that they have the same rights as any other person. A big part of the ADA is guaranteeing that public places, such as restaurants, hotels, office buildings, and schools are able to be accessed by people with disabilities. A person with a disability is usually defined as those with speech, hearing, vision, or mobility impairments.


How can ADA be implemented in the home?

If somebody’s home follows ADA Standards, it usually means that they’ve accommodated to specific mobility issues. The house has considerable space and accommodate to individuals with limited vision, or mobility needs such as crutches, scooters, and wheelchairs. Examples of ADA accommodations are:

  • No stairs leading into, or within the house. If there are stairs, there will only one or two steps and will have a ramp available
  • Wide hallways and doorways 
  • Doorknobs that pull instead of twist
  • Walk in showers 
  • Grab bars 
  • Lower countertops
  • An open kitchen floorplan 


How will this benefit me when trying to sell my house?

If an individual with specific motor needs is looking to buy a house, they have many factors to consider. Will they be able to get into the front door or backyard? Can they turn around comfortably in the hallway? Can they access the shower? If they see a house that has 5 steps leading up to the front door, they could automatically be deterred away from the house. If they can get into the house, but they can’t reach the microwave because the counters are too high, it may become a deal breaker. If a house is made to be ADA accessible, it not only increases the population that the house appeals to, but it could make the next owner’s life that much easier.


I’ve decided I’d like to make my house ADA accessible. What now? 

If you’d like to make your house more accessible, please research contractors in your local area that have an understanding of the ADA and the specific requirements. They’ll be able to analyze your current floorplan and work with you to make renovations that fit to ADA standards. You can make your house as accessible as you would like. Your real estate agent will take note of what aspects of your house meet ADA standards and can document this in the listing.

Choosing to make renovations to your house prior to sale is a decision that requires research. Spend some time weighing the costs and benefits of making your house ADA accessible and reach out to a realtor with any questions you may have. Blue Eyes Properties, LLC has qualified real estate agents that are here to assist you with any questions regarding this process.

As always, if you need any assistance, buying or selling your next home, contact us george.pinkasiewicz@century21.com or call my cell: (941)281-5583  and we’ll help you any way we can. You can also see my website at www.georgepinkasiewicz.com

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