Home elevators used to be something that only the wealthy could afford. They're still not cheap, but they're becoming increasingly common. My company installs elevators in central California. Some of our clients install residential elevators for convenience — they live in multistory houses and don't want to climb or haul things up the stairs. Other clients need elevators to continue living in their homes when they become disabled or develop a health condition that prevents them from safely using stairs.

There's a third reason elevators have become more common: In some areas around here, land is so expensive and lots so small that the only way to build is up. Putting in an elevator may add cost, but it also increases the pool of potential buyers.

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