Bathroom renovations for Baby Boomers

According to this May 13 Associated Press article by Karen Schwartz, bathroom renovations which include safety upgrades such as grab bars actually enhance the resale value of the house. This is particularly true if the upgrade isn’t obtrusive or obvious.

When considering a safety upgrade for the bathroom there is none which is more cost effective, or unobtrusive than a Nano-Grip non slip floor safety treatment in the tub or shower, and on the floor. This invisible treatment will bring these surfaces into compliance with industry and ADA sandards. The floor will actually be less slippery when wet than dry! To speak to a factory authorized Nano-Grip applicator call 855-687-0976 to find one.

“We realized there were a lot of people who wanted an attractive option for safety, and who didn’t want to be reminded of their inabilities first thing in the morning and last thing at night,” said Abbie Sladick, 53, of Naples, Florida, a certified contractor and remodeler who created the GreatGrabz line. It was purchased by Best Bath Systems last year for an undisclosed amount.

Still, I wondered what having a grab bar in the bathroom might do to the eventual resale value of the house. Turns out, it might just help it.

A 2012 survey found that about half of those ages 55 to 64 thought that bathroom aids, such as grab bars and shower seating, were “essential” or “desirable.” That rose to nearly two-thirds among those age 65 and older. Even in the younger age groups, about a third of those surveyed agreed.

The National Association of Home Builders‘ online survey of more than 3,860 respondents included only those who had purchased a house in the past three years or were planning on doing so in the next three years. In other words, people who were “really thinking” about what they wanted in a home, said Stephen Melman, NAHB’s director of economic services.

Statistics show that while people 85 and older are the most likely to slip and fall, no age group is immune. Nearly 22 million people over the age of 15 went to the hospital because of a bathroom injury in 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls accounted for more than 80 percent of the injuries.

Although 85 percent of those taken to a hospital were treated and released, the injuries still resulted in approximately $67.3 billion in lifetime medical costs, the CDC said.

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