home modificationsAs we begin another New Year, I’d like to take a moment to think about what we would like to accomplish in the coming year. I would like to see this be the year that planning ahead to have a home for a lifetime begins to be perceived as wisdom rather than surrender.

I would like to see zero-step entries and grab bars in the shower become the must-have features of new homes. I would like to see home modifications to improve accessibility become one of the most sought-after remodeling projects of 2016. Do I want to see these things because this what I do for a living and I want my business to grow? Of course, but it is much deeper than that.

This year marks my fifteenth year in business. During that time I have seen many people who would have benefited from home modifications decide not to have them done because of a perception that somehow preparing your home to be safe, accessible, and beautiful for the rest of your life is the same as surrendering to old age. Nothing could be further from the truth. Actually to have a professional assessment of your home and act on the recommendations to create a home that is safe and accessible is of the most important steps you can take in retirement planning. For most of us, our home is the biggest investment we will ever make.

To have a safe, accessible home is the foundation for a solid retirement plan. If you need assistance with activities of daily living, you can bring in caregivers for much less than you would pay in a facility for the same care. And you get the benefit of being in the comfortable environment of your own home.

In order to kick off the New Year and encourage everyone to get a home assessment, I will be offering home assessments for half price throughout the month of January.

These comprehensive assessments provide an assessment of your entire home in four key areas of concern. These areas are a balance, fall prevention, safety, and wheelchair accessibility. I will provide you the advantage of my 30 years of experience in the construction industry as well as the knowledge gained through my certification as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Certified Environmental Access Consultant (CEAC), and Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) as well as my Executive Certificate in Home Modification. Provided with the assessment will be a list of recommendations as well as the cost to perform the modifications.

This complete assessment which normally costs $450 will be available during the month of January for only $225. When you consider that the assessment and subsequent modifications could very well prevent a fall or other serious injury, the cost is negligible. When you further consider that the cost of the assessment is credited toward the modifications and that half of the cost of the modifications may be credited back to you under the Livable Homes Tax Credit (more on this next month) I can’t understand why everyone wouldn’t want to get the assessment done.

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