Thinking of renovating a residence so you or a relative can “age in place?” You’re not alone – AARP research shows that more than 80 percent of the U.S. residents above the age of 45 say they “want to remain in their own homes even when they need assistance.” With senior citizens make up the country’s fastest growing population and fewer Baby Boomers moving to retirement homes, aging in place retrofits are becoming the fastest growing segment of the home remodeling industry. However, the amount of design changes to choose from can be daunting – from remodels that are safety-based like no threshold shower floors and smooth walking surfaces that don’t pose a tripping hazard, to simple changes like modifying a kitchen surface to allow for sitting while preparing meals or adding drawer and cabinet pulls for easy gripping. These days technology plays a part as well, with innovations like vacuuming robots and smartphone controlled door locks, lighting and thermostats. For many seniors aging in place has resulted in greater health and happiness. It’s key that you work with a contractor you like who’s had experience with these types of redesigns and can help you prioritize a list that meets your needs and falls within your budget. Cook’s Kitchen and Bath is a safe bathing specialist and an authorized dealer of Best Bath Systems, an industry-leading manufacturer of accessible shower surround units and walk-in bathtubs. We are a general contractor with experience in aging in place remodels that include wider... continue reading.
Below are just a few of the preventative maintenance services that should be done on a regular basis. The homeowner can also take part in protecting their greatest investment. MONTHLY Fire Extinguisher: Check that it’s fully charged; recharge or replace if needed. Sink/Tub Stoppers and Drain Holes: Clean out debris. Garbage Disposal: Flush with hot water and baking soda. Water Softener: Check water softener salt drum and replinish salt if necessary. Forced-Air Heating System: Change filters once a month if user’s manual inflatable sumo wrestling suits recommends fiberglass filters. EVERY 2 MONTHS Wall Furnace: Clean grills. Range Hood: Clean grease filter. EVERY 3 MONTHS Faucet: Clean aerator. Tub Drain Assembly: Clean out debris; inspect rubber seal and replace if needed. Floor and Outdoor Drain Grates: Clean out debris. EVERY 6 MONTHS Smoke Detector: Test batteries and replace if needed. Toilet: Check for leaks and water run-on. Interior Caulking: Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating. Forced-Air Heating System: Change semi-annually if user’s manual recommends high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters. Garbage Disposal: Tighten drain connections and fasteners. Clothes Washer: Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking. Clothes Dryer: Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas. Wiring: Check for frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as needed. Range Hood: Wash fan blades and housing. EVERY SPRING Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed. Gutters and Downspouts: Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and... continue reading.