If you have someone at home who uses a wheelchair every day, then you’ll want to make your home as wheelchair-friendly as you can. Sometimes, this can be a tricky task, however, because there are so many options for accomplishing this task. One choice you may end up needing to make is whether you get a wheelchair lift or a wheelchair ramp installed in your house. To help decide between a wheelchair lift or wheelchair ramp, here are a few considerations to keep in mind.
How Much Space is Needed for Each?
The amount of space needed for whatever installation you carry out should always be considered. Wheelchair lifts hold the advantage in this department because they are much less bulky. You don’t need nearly as much space to install a wheelchair lift as you would need to install a ramp. Therefore, if space is your greatest concern, lifts are the way to go.
How Do They Look?
While this ultimately comes down to preference, wheelchair ramps have the drawback of being more difficult to blend into your home’s aesthetic.
Wheelchair lifts don’t stand out as much and can be installed more discretely, which is great because it allows other parts of your home to serve as focal points. Because lifts are more compact, you can keep most of your home decor in place to keep your house as visually appealing as possible.
Do Lifts or Ramps Impact Resale Value?
Since whatever you install will be a long-term investment for your home, it should provide some resale value that will help to balance out the cost of investing in one. Wheelchair ramps tend to be more of an eye sore, so this makes them generally less appealing to anyone without wheelchair-friendly needs looking to buy your house.
A wheelchair lift, on the other hand, doesn’t impact the home very much. It can be disassembled and relocated with ease, making it much less of a burden. As a result, homebuyers will be more happy to see a wheelchair lift at your home, as they will simply disassemble it if it’s not needed.
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