Barrier-free conversion: What owners should consider

Even in old age and despite physical limitations, living in one's own four walls is self-determined and carefree - that is the wish of many owners. How to convert your property barrier-free and what you need to consider, you will learn in this article.

Minimize accident risks with barrier-free conversion

For people in wheelchairs, the first obstacles are already waiting at the front door, because there are usually numerous steps in front of the building. A ramp system helps you get into your home safely. In the stairwell is worth installing a stair lift. Even non-slip surfaces, step lighting or handrails on both sides already make your everyday life much easier.

Do you live in an apartment building? In the case of changes to the common property, such as the entrance or hallway area, the owners’ association must give its consent. Although they have a right to barrier-free access in accordance with Article 3 of the Basic Law, the other owners must not be disadvantaged.

Designing living spaces barrier-free

In order to live barrier-free, numerous conversion measures are possible, such as for example

  • wider passages,
  • Doorstep ramps,
  • Support and grab handles,
  • Window handle extensions,
  • Lift systems that allow you to change the height of furniture and plumbing,
  • a floor-level shower or
  • a kitchen that can be accessed from underneath.

Sometimes even minor adjustments like smart home applications help. With these, for example, you can easily switch lamps on and off via an app, lower blinds automatically, or open doors via voice control.

Determine your needs early on, while planning for the long term. A real estate expert like us at WEISS IMMOBILIEN will be happy to support you. We will discuss with you which structural changes are possible in your property.

Costs and funding opportunities

Wondering how much barrier-free remodeling costs? There is no general answer to this question. For a height-adjustable washbasin with mirror, for example, you pay about 1,250 euros, a level shower costs about 3,300 euros with installation. A large sum of money quickly accrues, but in many cases you do not have to shoulder it alone. The Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) offers subsidies that relieve you financially. If you or your partner have a care degree, the care insurance fund will also support you with a maximum of 4,000 euros.

We are there for you in Hamburg and region

With increasing age, the demands on a property change. So that you can continue to live carefree in your home, we will be happy to advise you on a barrier-free conversion and find the ideal solution. Please feel free to contact us with your request.

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