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Accessible Vacation Rental Evaluations

Elevating Vacation Rentals for Accessibility, Comfort, and Greater Market Appeal

At Home Designs for Life, we are dedicated to transforming vacation rental properties into spaces that are universally designed, comfortable, and beautiful.

Led by Janet Engel, a licensed Occupational Therapist, Universal Design Expert, and Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS), our team offers a unique blend of expertise in creating environments that cater to a diverse range of guests, including older adults, individuals with disabilities, and families.

Our Services: Creating Inclusive and Desirable Vacation Rentals

  • Universal Design Consultations for Rentals: We specialize in assessing vacation properties and providing recommendations to incorporate universal design principles. Our aim is to create spaces that are accessible and enjoyable for all guests, enhancing their vacation experience. Our recommendations target general market appeal and increase property value, and aesthetic appeal for guests.
  • Accessibility Enhancements for Diverse Guests: Understanding the varied needs of vacationers, we offer modifications that improve accessibility and mobility within rental properties. From simple additions like grab bars and ramps to comprehensive redesigns, we ensure your property is welcoming to guests of all abilities.
  • Design for Increased Rental Appeal and Value: By integrating universal design features, we not only make your properties more accessible but also increase their appeal in the competitive vacation rental market. Our thoughtful modifications are designed to attract a wider range of guests and potentially increase your rental income.
  • Customized Solutions for Rental Properties: Every property is unique, and so are its guests. We provide tailored solutions that respect the character, style, and age of your property while enhancing its functionality and appeal.

Comprehensive Home Evaluation for Accessibility and Safety in Vacation Rentals

Our detailed evaluation covers various aspects of your vacation rental property to ensure it meets the highest standards of accessibility, safety, and comfort for all guests.

Here’s what we assess:

Guest Entryway Access:

  • Ease of access from parking to the entrance
  • Access to guest entrance
  • Non-slip surfaces and adequate lighting

Bathroom Modifications:

  • Grab bars in shower and near the toilet
  • Walk-in showers or tubs with transfer benches
  • Height-adjustable or handheld showerheads
  • Non-slip flooring
  • Color scheme recommendations
  • Recommendations for storage

Bedroom Accessibility:

  • Space for maneuverability with mobility aids
  • Appropriate bed heights
  • Accessible storage and closet spaces

Hallway Navigation:

  • Adequate width for wheelchair or walker access
  • Well-lit with no tripping hazards
  • Handrails where necessary

Lighting Enhancements:

  • Bright, glare-free lighting in all areas
  • Easily accessible light switches, possibly with motion sensors
  • Nightlights for safety in hallways and bathrooms

Overall Safety Checks:

  • Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Clear emergency exits
  • Non-toxic materials and good indoor air quality

Thresholds and Transitions:

  • Smooth transitions between different flooring types
  • Low or no thresholds at doorways
  • Ramps for elevated thresholds where needed

Porch and Outdoor Accessibility:

  • Ramp access to porches and decks
  • Safe, well-lit outdoor seating areas
  • Non-slip surfaces in all outdoor areas
  • Smooth outdoor surfaces
  • Protection from the elements

Yard/Garden Adaptations:

  • Accessible pathways throughout the garden
  • Raised flower beds or container gardens for easy access
  • Shaded seating areas for comfort

Indoor/Outdoor Steps:

  • Secure handrails on both sides of staircases
  • Visible step edges for safety
  • Lighting recommendations
  • Potential for stairlift installation if needed

Pool/Hot Tub Accessibility:

  • Pool lifts or accessible entry points
  • Slip-resistant surfaces around the pool area
  • Clearly marked depth indicators and safety signage

Our goal is to ensure that your vacation rental property is not only a delightful retreat but also a safe and accessible haven for all your guests.

By addressing these key areas, we help you enhance the guest experience, cater to a broader audience, and potentially increase your rental appeal and value.


Why Partner with Home Designs for Life?

  • Expertise in Universal and Accessible Design: Janet’s background in occupational therapy provides a unique perspective on property modifications, ensuring that changes are both practical and guest-friendly.
  • Tailored for the Vacation Rental Market: We understand the nuances of the vacation rental industry and focus on modifications that enhance guest satisfaction and repeat bookings.
  • Quality and Professionalism: Our commitment to quality and integrity means we deliver services that you and your guests can trust. We prioritize safety, comfort, and aesthetic appeal in all our projects.
  • Collaborative Approach: We work closely with property owners and management companies to understand your vision and goals. Our process is collaborative, ensuring that every modification aligns with your business objectives.

Enhance Your Property Today

Elevate your vacation rental property to meet the needs of a diverse and growing market. Contact Janet for a free consultation and start the journey towards creating a more inclusive, comfortable, and appealing vacation experience for your guests.

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