Even if things have cooled off somewhat recently in the Toronto real estate market, it’s still not for the faint of heart. From the lack of affordability, to concerns about the condition of the house, and simply finding the right location, buying a home in and around the city has never been more stressful than it is today.

So, if you’re lucky enough to find a home in a neighborhood you want to live in, and be able to afford it, and be able to survive any bidding wars to get it, well, you probably don’t want to go through the whole ordeal anytime soon.

Ageing-in-Place Home Renos

Ageing-in-place home renovations and décor are those that consider your future needs. Whether it’s for yourself as you get older, or a family member who may come to live with you, remodeling now to have or be prepared for convenience and assistive devices, instead of purely for aesthetics, will help you avoid a major renovation or retro-fit later.

Considerations for Ageing-in-Place Renovations

In everything you do, even if you’re just changing your cabinet knobs, think about your future use of the changes you make. Here are just a few to get you started.

1. Support for Grab Bars

If you’re replacing a wall in the bathroom, put backing behind them that can support grab bars when needed.

2. Widen Doorways

If you’re renovating a room, make sure entryways are at least 36 inches wide to accommodate a stroller or a wheelchair.

3. Door & Cabinet Hardware

On larger entry or bedroom doors, consider lever door handles that don’t need to be turned and can be operated with an elbow. In the kitchen and bathroom, have drawer pulls that don’t need to be grasped and can be pulled with a hand facing up or down.

From kitchen appliances with automatic shut-offs and front controls, to hands-free faucets, there are many other features of an aging-in-place home. The important thing is that you consider your future needs and usage requirements before you make any final decisions abut renovations and upgrades to your home.