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Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is remodeling for?
Aging in place for responsible people who want to ensure their quality of life and dignity, without being a burden to their family or community. The majority of seniors 65 and older are living with a spouse or alone in their own home. It’s not only for seniors 65 and over. Planning ahead is a great idea even for those who have not retired. 25% of baby boomers expect their parents to move in with them. 37% of home buyers are seeking a home to accommodate multiple generations.
- Why should I consider remodeling vs. a nursing home?
The average annual cost of a nursing home in Illinois is $60,000+. The average annual cost of assisted living in the state of Illinois is $43,000. Aging affects life in many ways. With an aging in place plan in place, you can maneuver around your house more easily, you can maintain your health, it is safer, and you can upkeep your home while feeling independent.
- Why should I consider a remodeler?
Falls inside the home for those 65 and older is the leading cause of injury and death. About a third of seniors 65 and older fall each year. There is a network of professional remodelers that are Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS). You can plan ahead for an Aging-in-Place remodel which is recommended or you can hire a certified remodeler when necessary such as when a parent moves in. A professional remodeler will take your needs into consideration when planning an Aging-in-Place remodel which will allow you to stay in your home.
- What challenges does aging bring?
Aging brings many challenges such as reduced vision, decreased muscle strength and endurance, reduced mental processing capabilities, and decreased mobility. There is also an increased risk of falls and illness. Choosing a plan to age in place is essential to gain control your quality of life and independence.
- What should you look for in an Aging-in-Place remodeler?
An experienced professional remodeler should be certified and have the appropriate licenses in your state. They should listen and be open to your ideas while working within your budget. Choose a remodeler that has experience specific to your project.
- What should I ask a professional Aging-in-Place remodeler?
Make sure to ask if the remodeling will benefit any other family members and if it will increase the energy efficiency of your home. Make sure to communicate your ideas and fully explain what updates and repairs you would like to be done. It is a good idea to have a written plan. Do not hire anyone who gives a post office box with no street address or only uses an answering service as a point of contact.
- How much will this cost and when should I pay?
You should get at least 3 written estimates of the work based on your plans and specifications. You should have a budget in mind for your initial meeting. Never pay the entire cost of your project up front. Base your payments on targeted completion dates and make sure your contract contains a termination clause if the contractor fails to meet your expectations.
- Why should you choose us?
We believe that each space should fit the individual so we create living spaces that are tailored to only your needs. We have over 15 years of experience in home construction and residential remodeling. We are CAPS certified and no job is too big or small for us. We have a deep respect for our customers at all stages of life.