Is your business ADA-friendly and compliant? Today we’re going to detail the importance of ADA-compliant companies and how to enhance your business if it’s not as ADA-compliant as it should be. Here at Preferred Elevator, we know a lot about ensuring that homeowners can safely and comfortably navigate in and out of their homes. When they venture into commercial establishments, they should be able to do the same. Here are some ADA-friendly tips.
Reduce Architectural Barriers in Your Business
By “reducing architectural barriers,” we mean that you want to ensure that wheelchair users have enough room to move around easily in your establishment. If your doorways or entryways are not wide enough, then you should invest in removing architectural barriers and widening those areas to allow for enough room. You should also ensure that your building has ramps if there are raised entrances and enough accessible parking spaces.
What if I Can’t Reduce or Remove Architectural Barriers to Make My Business More ADA-Friendly?
More often than not, trying to reconstruct a business is costly. If this is the case, you can offer alternatives such as curbside or delivery services to serve the people that may not be able to access your building with ease. Delivery services are a profitable option, especially since we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Another consideration is a commercial LULA elevator. In the past, we’ve installed LULA elevators in churches specifically. When you take the extra steps to serve your customers and accommodate their needs, it makes a world of difference.
Vet Your Employees
“Think about your target audience” is a suggestion you often hear in the world of business and marketing, but it’s useful in many circumstances. If most of your customers are a part of the elderly community, it makes sense to have employees who work well with an older demographic. If you have disabled customers that frequent your establishment, it also makes sense to have employees around that can best accommodate them. Your employees should be patient, understanding, and sensitive to customers’ needs.
The Importance of Owning an ADA-Friendly Business
When you own an ADA-compliant company, it shows that you care about your customers and that you want them to feel comfortable in your establishment. When you make accommodations for a wide range of people, it increases your marketability and your revenue. We should also mention that disabilities don’t only affect the elderly community. They can impact anyone at any stage or age of their lives. An ADA-friendly business shows that you recognize that every customer is unique and deserves excellent service, regardless of their circumstances.
Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!
For over a decade, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.
For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!