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Where To Spend Your Dollars In A Home Renovation
Universal Design Principles Pay Off
Figuring out how to spend your limited home renovation dollars is always a challenge. Should I make just cosmetic changes? Should I try to make the house appeal to a certain generation? What will provide the best return on investment?
Look to the 2017 Remodeling Cost vs. Value report (http://bit.ly/2jGMXFy) for answers.
Remodeling magazine’s annual report estimates the cost of 29 home improvement projects and how much homeowners could anticipate recouping on a renovation when they sell.
This year, realizing that more homeowners are focused on aging and multi-generational households, the report added a new category and
looked at the value of incorporating universal design features in a renovated bathroom.
The $15,730 project included:
Widening the doorway for wheelchair accessibility
Reinforcing walls to support grab bars
Installing a zero-threshold shower with a fold-down seat
Putting in a comfort-height toilet
Installing a sink with space to allow someone to sit on it
It’s a project that could help you both age more comfortably and stay longer in your house. You also can anticipate recouping $10,766--68.4 percent of the project cost--when you sell.
Walkability Drives Seniors’ Housing Decisions
Though a desire for walkable neighborhoods is most associated with the millennial generation, walkability and good public transit also are high on boomers’ and seniors’ wish-lists.
A recent survey (http://bit.ly/2x5H1K4) by A Place for Mom, illustrates just how important those neighborhood characteristics are to those looking at senior housing.
Though things like quality of care services, affordability, and a facility’s cleanliness topped people’s must-have lists, walkability and access to transit also were tremendously important to survey respondents.
Among consumers considering their housing options, walkability was described as mandatory or very important to those seeking senior apartments (53%), independent living (38%), and assisted living (26%). Public transit options were also crucial to these groups.
As you look at your retirement housing options, especially if you’re a boomer with no physical limitations today, consider the longer term—a time when you may have difficulty getting around and you may no longer have access to a car.
Roam around a prospective neighborhood to assess your options for getting around.
Some questions to consider:
What places are within a 10-minute walk of your prospective home? Could you reach all the necessities of daily life--the grocery store, parks, hair salons, banks, and so forth—on foot or by public transit?
Are sidewalks and paths accessible, safe, and well-lighted?
Could you maneuver those sidewalks with a walker or a wheelchair?
Are crosswalks well marked and do you have enough time to get across the street?
Are there places to sit and rest? Are there water fountains and public restrooms?
For more details on measuring a community’s walkability, see:
Healthy by Design, http://bit.ly/2ijrRNY
Jane’s Walk, http://bit.ly/2vWDPAt
World Health Organization, http://bit.ly/1FOWnPN
Real Estate Matters: News & Issues for the Mature Market
The Cosgrove Team @ Keller Williams Realty
Senior Certified Real Estate Specialist
Certified Luxury Home Specialist
Senior Move Manager
Julie was born and raised in Stockton CA, she married her high school sweetheart George and has 2 boys, Jarrett & Brett. She began her Real Estate Career in 1983. Through the years of working in r....