Searching for a new home is an exciting time. You have certain criteria your new house must meet, but what if the home comes equipped with things that you did not expect? A home that includes an elevator provides the added benefit of accessibility for your family and friends, assistance in carrying heavy or awkward loads between floors, and provides the potential to age in place. There are a few things you should think about if you are considering the purchase of a home that comes with an elevator.
Getting the Best Return on Investment
It is important to consider the value the elevator will provide. Think about all of the ways that you can utilize the elevator. While historically, residential elevators were not common, their popularity and acceptance has increased in recent years. You will now find homes that use elevators for easy access to all levels or even as an artistic focal point. While you may not have had an elevator in your original plan, you may find that the prospect of having one provides additional convenience you had not considered.
Once you determine how you will personally use the elevator, brainstorm any ideas you have to personalize the existing space. Would the elevator work better for you if a different type of gate were installed? Are there features you would like to change like the finish of the car operating panel (COP) or lighting? A number of options exist to personalize your elevator, even though it has already been customized to the previous homeowner’s liking.
Elevators do require ongoing maintenance. Make sure your elevator is evaluated and that you are aware of what steps are recommended to enhance your experience. Ask questions to make sure you understand necessary up front service and the frequency of recurring maintenance appointments. If you need some ideas of what types of questions you should ask, read our post on planning for your maintenance visit.
Don’t Hesitate to Ask Questions
If a home with an elevator has caught your eye, connect with a local home elevator company to discuss the best way to proceed. A representative will be able to provide you with guidance on how the elevator works and recommendations on future service to ensure that you get the most out of your purchase.