Once an outlandish frill for the ultrarich, home elevators are becoming a good investment

Wheelchair, Accessibility

Home elevators used to be a rarity and only marketed to the wealthy or those with mobility issues. These days they are also getting attention from homeowners who want to add convenience and value to old or new homes.

Contrary to popular belief, people of all ages and physical abilities in the market for homes in Canada are specifically looking for special mobility features like elevators. One reason has to do with the fact that people intend to stay in homes longer than in the past. For baby-boomers who want to “age in place” in the house they buy today, an elevator makes perfect sense, for reasons of mobility and home value.

Adding one to your home can pay off like never before, as virtually no one considers an elevator to be a negative factor in their home search. Yes, it is more costly to retrofit houses with elevators than to put them in new ones but having a elevator could become a differentiator from the neighbours and a great selling point. We believe that a home elevator could add enough value to a home’s potential sales price that the installation expense is worthwhile in most situations.

There are different types of in-home lift systems such as Vertical Platform Lifts and Elevators with a very wide range of costs based on how large it is, how many floors it serves and other considerations.

Home elevators are customizable with a variety of colors, finishes, and materials to suit any style, budget, or project. For example, you can choose from a variety of interior finishes such as maple, red oak, and cherry wood, or even a full glass enclosure – with either an accordion gate or a sliding door. You can even deck out your elevator with the latest technology such as with special lights, audio systems and iPads for the car’s operating panel.

It is important that you partner with a reputable company that manufactures, installs and services quality home elevators. As the only Certified Access Consultants in Manitoba and an Authorized Dealer for all of the main lift manufacturers, we can consult on a variety of accessibility solutions based on universal design principles. This ensures that the solutions we provide fulfill what is required by code and by the disabled and aging community as well.

If you are already working with a Builder, Architect, or Interior Designer– we’d be more than happy to talk to them directly. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to talk with one of our qualified experts. Call us toll free at 800-670-1670.

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