If you are looking to stay in your home longer or require changes in your home to increase its comfort and safety for your needs, then you should begin by meeting with a contractor who will provide you with an assessment. A home assessment is a valuable tool that helps you understand which areas of your home can be modified to improve safety and help you stay in your home longer. An assessment should be given by a professional that reviews your home, provides a list of recommended modifications for each room and can work with you step by step through the changes. Home modifications will vary based on your needs from a few simple and less expensive changes to more complex projects that may require the help of a contractor, designer or other professional that has the knowledge and experience to implement changes to drastically improve the livability of your home.
Practical example of how a home assessment can work for you
Here is a great example of how a good home assessment was able to help a man live comfortably at home longer. It started with a call from a lady that wanted information for her father that lived near The Villages, FL, requesting specific details on a walk-in bathtub. She had done some research and found out that Lifetime Home Solutions in Ocala, FL, installed quality, American-made walk-in bathtubs, and that we serviced the Ocala area, including On Top of The World, Oak Run, Del Webb, Spruce Creek and The Villages. We spoke for a few moments regarding the benefits of a walk-in bathtub, and then set up a convenient time to meet at her father’s home to assess his situation, specifically the need for a walk in bath tub. Once we arrived and spoke with both the father and daughter, discussed his current procedure for entering and exiting his bathtub, we determined that at this point in time, installing grab bars for added stability entering and exiting the tub, as well as one inside the tub area to add support during bathing would help him maintain his independence.
Obviously, every person and situation is different. That is why a home assessment is important to not only understand what you might need now, but to also learn what you may need in the future, so you can prepare.
What do I do now?
A home assessment is a great way to see how you can improve the safety of your home, allowing you to stay safer, longer. Here’s how you can get started.
- Find a licensed professional
- Schedule a home assessment
- Review the home remodeling or modification recommendations
- Have the remodeling or modifications completed by a licensed professional
How do I find a professional?
There are many ways to find a professional to assess your home. You can go to The National Association of Home Builders and browse their list of Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) in your area. Or you can call your local Home Builders Association and request information for qualified companies to come out and do your home assessment. Taking the first step to determine what changes can be made to your home to increase safety is a phone call away, so make it today.
Call Lifetime Home Solutions today at (352) 433-2055 for your home assessment.