Keep me in my home please!
Making improvements, modifications, and repairs to a home can help older adults maintain their comfort, independence and prevent accidents. Projects can range from small changes, like replacing doorknobs to pull handles, to major structural projects like reconfiguring a shower. The end result is the same regardless of the size of the project, the peace of mind of the older adult knowing they are going to be able to remain in their home.
There are a number of changes that can improve the accessibility and adaptability of a home. Improving accessibility involves things like widening doorways, lowering countertop and light switch heights for someone who in a wheelchair. Changes that do not require home redesign, such as installing grab bars in bathrooms, are adaptability features. Both accessibility and adaptability changes can be made quickly and easily by a local contractor.
Before you make any changes to the home, evaluate your current and future needs room by room. Once you have adequately explored all areas, make a list of potential problems and solutions. Check the internet for a checklist on home accessibility and adaptability needs if you are unsure what you need.
For some repairs and improvements, you may choose to hire a professional contractor. In that case, keep these important tips in mind.
- Make sure the contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured for the specific type of work.
- Check with your local Better Business Bureau and Chamber of Commerce to see whether any complaints against the contractor are on file.
- Talk with family and friends to get recommendations based on their experiences. Contractors with good reputations can usually be counted on to do a good job again.
- Ask for a written agreement that specifies the exact tasks and timeline.
As always, remember that Andy onCall has licensed and Bonded experienced skilled craftsmen who are local and ready to help you with your next project.