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How to Make Your Rental’s Entryway More Accessible

Elderly Beaverton Man Walking Up the Path to the Front DoorAs a Beaverton rental property owner, the safety of your tenants is a top priority. On the other hand, you also need a property with outstanding curb appeal. The most profitable investment properties combine the two by delivering attractive, accessible entry areas. By guaranteeing that your tenants can come and go with ease, you can automatically minimize slips and falls on the property.

Yet, an accessible entryway isn’t just about safety. By providing an accessible entry into your rental property, you can boost your potential renter demographic and attract seniors or renters with accessibility needs. In what follows, we will carefully look at ways that you can make your property’s entryway both safer and more aesthetically pleasing.

Entry points to a house control access to the property. This is what makes them such an important aspect of preparing your home for tenants. Many other single-family rental homes are not usually set up with easy accessibility in mind. This is mainly true of older homes, which usually come with safety hazards like rail-less steps or slippery walkway materials. Newer homes may have the same problem, but improved building codes and a better understanding of universal design has substantially improved accessibility in several ways.

No matter when your rental property was built, it’s essential to begin by evaluating it from an accessibility standpoint. To get a thorough knowledge of how accessible your rental home is, begin with a slow walk through entry areas, and investigate potential issues. Walk from the edge of the property line up the driveway and front walkway. See how smooth the walkway surfaces are and whether there are damaged areas that might trip someone or cause a wheelchair to get stuck. If needed, get a partner walk beside you.

You might be surprised at how narrow your front walkway is. Both damaged surfaces and narrow access points can make it troublesome for some tenants to use them safely. This also applies to right-angle turns. Try substituting sharp corners with curves instead. A gently curving pathway up to the front door will not only be more accessible, but it will add an attractive feature to the front of the house as well.

Some other real trouble area for entryway accessibility is the front steps. Although it’s common, steps can make it very difficult for some tenants to come and go safely. This is particularly true if your rental property is in an area where ice and snow can be a threat. The best home designs have no steps into the house. But irrespective of whether your property already contains them, there are things you can do to make your entryway more accessible.

Start installing a durable handrail and good exterior lighting if ever your rental home doesn’t include one. Railings should extend at least one foot beyond the bottom of the stairs, and lights should be correctly placed for clear illumination of each step. Also, consider adding non-slip strips or material to the steps.

If your accessibility planning requires you to invest some money into developing your front steps, think about using that same money to replace them entirely. Depending on how high the front doorstep is, it might be more cost-effective to make a ramp up to the front door. Some of the best entryway ramps don’t even look like ramps. Rather, they have been designed so well that they look no different from a slightly raised cement walkway with a moderate upward slope. In this way, you can upgrade the curb appeal of your property while still adding a low-profile ramp that will substantially boost the safety of the entry areas.

 

Are you looking for more ways to make your rental safer – and expand your renter demographic at the same time? Contact Real Property Management Assurance by reaching out online or give us a call at 971-270-2600.

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