Monthly Archives: September 2018

Lets Make A Big Difference In Home Accessibility

 

While our homes are beautiful, they are also a place where a family must function harmoniously. If you have a family member that requires special accommodations, I’m sure you want to do everything you can to make sure they are comfortable.

While remodeling for accessibility is important, there are smaller things you should be doing around your house to make movement and functionality less challenging. They may seem like details, but they can make a huge difference in home accessibility. See a few ways you can improve your home for universal design and function.

 

Install An Elevator Or Chairlift

If you live in a two-story home, simply removing stairs is not an option to help those with mobility issues travel up and down. A chairlift or an elevator can be helpful to all. While the costs are significant, adding a chairlift or elevator can increase your home’s value. The average cost to install an elevator or chairliftis $16,397, with most homeowners spending between $3,004 and $5,849.

 

Build A Wheelchair Ramp

For those coming in from outside, a wheelchair ramp can improve overall accessibility to your home. Even if you have one or two steps to your entryway, this can pose a problem for those with mobility issues. By building a ramp, you can easily solve this issue and increase the value of your home. The average cost to build a ramp is $1,585, but can greatly vary based on the size of the ramp.

If you’re looking to save money on this project, it’s possible to DIY. However, there are many considerations before taking on this project, such as weight and use of the ramp. To learn more about this DIY project, read How To Build A Wheelchair Ramp.

 

Replace Your Handles

You may not notice it, but the type of door handles you have play a big role in the universal design of your home. Knobs can be difficult for those with accessibility issues to turn and fully open. This is especially true if a family member has mobility issues. A simple way you can make this easier is by changing your circular knobs with levers. These are easier to open and close.

The same is true for cabinet drawer pulls. The ADA recommends drawer pulls that can be easily utilized with one hand. U-shaped kitchen cabinet hardwareis usually the best choice for accessibility.

 

Lower Light Switches & Controls

If a family member needs wheelchair accommodations, the obvious modifications like door width and ramps may come to mind. But a little detail that is often overlooked is where light switches, thermostat and other home controls are placed in a room. Often, they are high off the ground, while the ADA recommends light switches be 48” off the ground, so they are easy to turn on from a sitting position.

However, moving a light switch is not easy work. This is best left to the pros who can properly relocate your switch.

Pest Control Solutions For Your Home

I bet I can guess what really bugs you about seasons changing! While we never invite them into our home, little critters seem to find their way in, even if you keep a clean home. From a trail of ants to a scampering mouse, it’s time to show them the way out. It all starts with preventative measures to ensure your home stays bug-free.

If you have small children, pets or like to keep harmful chemicals out of the house, using a commercial product to eradicate your uninvited guests might be out of the question. The good news is that many natural pest control solutions exist, starting with prevention. Here are a few DIY ways you can keep unwelcomed guests out of your home.

While you might be able to take care of a few bugs here and there, a large infestation will require the help of a pro. Contact a pro today for up to four quotes from contractors in your area for free.

1. Know When To Call A Pro

While there are many tricks and tips you can use to prevent and eliminate some infestations, it’s not always a guarantee it will work. For insects like bed bugs, which can rapidly multiply and be difficult to get rid of, it’s best to contact a pest control pro as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the problem will worsen and become more expensive to take care of. They are trained and can safely remove the critter that’s bothering you. The average cost to hire an insect control service is $212, with most homeowners spending between $135 and $199.

2. Clean The Area

If you notice a trail of ants, fruit flies or other bugs congregating in the same area, it’s time for a deep clean. Cut them off at the source and examine the space to see if there has been any food spills that would lure them in. Sugary spills such as juice or wine can be the culprit. If you have pets, dry dog and cat food may also be what’s drawing them in. Eliminate this from the area and clean with soapy water to ensure the contaminants removal.

Home Improvements You Should Never DIY

DIY has taken the home improvement world by storm. Homeowners are discovering more of what they can do themselves. With technology readily available, it’s easy to find instructions and videos on how to complete the project you desire.

However, there are certainly some projects that shouldn’t be DIY-ed. A skilled professional can help you avoid any damage to you or your home, ensuring the project is done correctly. Before you begin your next DIY home project, see our list of what you should leave to the pros.

 

1. Electrical Work

Outside of replacing a light fixture, you should leave most electrical projects to the pros. Unless you have the skilled ability and background knowledge on the wiring system in your house, it’s best to leave it to a pro. Not only are you putting yourself at risk of electrocution, but an electrical fire can cause significant damage to your home. An electrical pro can ensure the work you need is done safely.

 

2. Wall Removal & Structural Changes

So, you want a new open floor plan kitchen and living room. It’s as easy as taking down a wall, right? Think again. You don’t know what’s hiding behind a wall as well as what it could be supporting. A few holes and you can damage your home systems or create structural damage. Additionally, structural changes will always need a permit, which can be can be difficult to navigate if you’re not familiar.

With any remodel, you’ll be making an investment. The last thing you’ll need is a mistake to set the whole project behind or overbudget. To help your structural changes go as smooth as possible, contact a remodeling pro who can help you transform your home.

 

3. Roof Repairs

Your roof is an important part of your home’s structure. While they have longevity, it’s common that after a few years, a repair may need to be made. However, this is not something you should consider doing yourself. Not only is it unsafe heights for those without proper equipment, to the untrained eye, the problem may seem smaller than it really is. As the roof is such a vital part of keeping the home comfortable and water-free, you’ll want to be confident that your roof is fixed completely. The average cost to repair a roof is $648, with most homeowner spending between $376 and $693.

 

4. Asbestos Removal

As a DIYer, safety should always be your first priority. Some projects, you can’t avoid danger without proper equiptment and training. One of these projects is asbestos removal. This harmful material is commonly found in older homes built between 1930 and 1950. If disturbed, asbestos can cause significant damage and long-term illness. That’s why you should always contact an asbestos removal pro if you think you’ll be working with flooring, insulation or anything that may contain this material.