The aging population in Malaysia is expected to increase by 210% by 2020, making it so important to find ways to allow this portion of the population to age gracefully and comfortably. As the population continues to age, their growing needs are being felt by a property market that is just now beginning to cater to them.

If you’re considering investing in property in Malaysia or currently have one that is hard to let to aging renters, the key to increasing its rentability and long-term profitability lies in making the home more accessible.

Universal Design Increases Mobility & Value

Following the “Proclamation on the Full Participation and Equality of People with Disabilities in the Asia-Pacific Region” that was signed into effect in 1994, Malaysia has invested time and resources into developing initiatives that ensure all people can access spaces.

These initiatives rely heavily on the idea of universal design. By incorporating universal design into your home, you can easily include these features to increase its value and accessibility without foregoing style. For example, microwaves can be built into a drawer or center island so they’re at waist level, kitchen and bath cabinets can feature roll-out drawers to make it easier to reach items in the back.

As a landlord, including these features into an investment property, is a simple way to ensure that it can be accessed and enjoyed by anybody while also adding to its appeal in the event that you need to sell it later down the road.


Smart Home Tech for In-Home Assistance


What the aging population really needs, apart from home design that allows for increased mobility, is daily assistance that still provides them with their independence. Other property markets reveal valuable insights into this type of assistance and in-home smart technology with statistics that show 81% of current smart-home device owners say they would be more willing to buy a home with connected tech already built in.

With the use of motion sensors and remote controls, lights and electronic appliances can be turned on or off without having to physically get up and control the switches, making the devices ideal for people in wheelchairs or with little mobility.

Installing a smart lock and door camera are also great ways to increase accessibility as anybody will be able to see who is at the door and unlock it from their smartphone.

Investing in this type of technology in Malaysia’s current property market will not only ensure that your properties are tech-ready for the coming years but also that they’re accessible for an aging audience that you need to attract in order to increase your investment’s value.

What the aging population really needs, apart from home design that allows for increased mobility, is daily assistance that still provides them with their independence. Other property markets reveal valuable insights into this type of assistance and in-home smart technology with statistics that show 81% of current smart-home device owners say they would be more willing to buy a home with connected tech already built in.

With the use of motion sensors and remote controls, lights and electronic appliances can be turned on or off without having to physically get up and control the switches, making the devices ideal for people in wheelchairs or with little mobility.

Installing a smart lock and door camera are also great ways to increase accessibility as anybody will be able to see who is at the door and unlock it from their smartphone.

Investing in this type of technology in Malaysia’s current property market will not only ensure that your properties are tech-ready for the coming years but also that they’re accessible for an aging audience that you need to attract in order to increase your investment’s value.

Increasing Comfort & Value for Potential Renters


Your job as a landlord and investment property owner is to cater to the market in which you find yourself in. Seeing as Malaysia’s current population is increasingly dominated more and more by an aging population, you’ll want to craft attractive properties that fit their needs.

It doesn’t cost much to ensure your home is accessible to all, and simple investments will ensure that your home is high-tech, safe and easy to access for you and your guests.