Homes with accessible features and universal designs have enhanced value, much like homes with first floor master bedrooms now preferred by so many home buyers. Interest in accessible homes is developing as a recognizable trend in today’s real estate market. One reason is the desire and benefits of “aging in place.” In addition, baby boomers and young families with strollers and packages also prefer no-step thresholds, wider doorways and roll-in showers to bathe their children and pets with greater ease and safety.

Visitability, similar to accessibility, is another movement in which virtually all homes, not merely those for people with disabilities, provide a few specific features making the home easier for all people of all ages and abilities to visit. Accessibility allows visitability, so that family members and friends of all generations are equally comfortable, able to enter and have access to facilities with ease and safety.