With the housing market in a downward spiral, more seniors are turning towards home modifications to allow them to continue living comfortably and independently. The housing slump is also causing some home remodelers, like this Detroit company, to shift their business focus and help seniors age in place.
According to Chuck Breidenstein of Swartz Creek, a licensed NAHB instructor travelling the country certifying builders in CAPS and other programs, who is quoted in this article, “home modifications for the aging may be the fastest growing segment of the residential marketing industry.”
As baby boomers begin to age, the demand for home modifications will begin to skyrocket all over the country. The same article states that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports that 75 percent of all remodelers have experienced an increase in such work.
For my readers outside of this region, be careful when selecting a home modifications company. Some companies will convince you that they do home modifications, but like any company you are doing business with, do your homework first.
First, make sure that your contractor is licensed. If you decide to hire a contractor for modifications, check with your state’s housing commission to make sure that contractor is licensed.
Secondly, always look for companies that are Certified Aging-In-Place Specialists (CAPS), like Home Evolutions. This is a program developed by the NAHB in conjunction with AARP. The good news is that the demand for home modifications services has caused the CAPS program to elevate its standards to better help people live comfortably and independently.
And finally, check out their portfolio of work. See what they have done. Pay a visit to some of the homes they have modified to determine whether they are the right company for you to hire.
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