For many, age can change how they approach their daily home routine. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, nearly 90% of individuals over 65 want to live in their home as long as possible. Smart homeowners imagine a home that they can live in forever so it’s helpful to have a home that is equally appealing to all users. Universal design is gaining popularity among homeowners. Universal design is the design of products and environments that are usable by most people, regardless of their level of ability or disability, at little or no extra cost. Below are four homeowner maintenance projects that will make your home safer for all ages and stages of life.
Getting in and out of a shower or bathtub can be difficult even when mobility isn’t an issue. Installing a grab bar is one of the most important safety enhancements to any bathroom. Wall mounted grab bars that are properly installed into walls offer great stability. Installing grab bars was the most common home safety modification made by senior homeowners this year. Grab bars need to be installed by an experienced person, either directly into the wall studs, into a plywood backing behind the wall, or with a fastener that meets building code.
Dumbwaiters can reduce the physical strain that comes from carrying heavy bags up and down the stairs. Dumbwaiters are much smaller and compact than traditional elevators and can be easily maintained. By placing groceries in the dumbwaiter instead of carrying them up the stairs will reduce the risk of accidents. Homeowners that install dumbwaiters often have higher property values at the time of the resale.
Handrailings are a critical safety feature on outdoor and indoor stairs. Having handrails on both sides of the staircase are extremely beneficial for those that need extra support when getting up and down the stairs. Handrails are useful in preventing accidents and help individuals regain balance during a sudden slip or fall. The handrail was designed to prevent injuries and should be installed as a standard safety feature.
Walk in showers are easy to use and can be installed in multiple set ups. Walk-in showers are more accessible for elderly users and people with disabilities. Additional safety bars can be installed easily in any walk in shower, which will greatly enhance safety. These types of showers are designed to take the risk out of showering and reduce the threat of injury from slipping or falling.
Home maintenance can be very beneficial for the safety and protection of a house and its occupants. For more information on home maintenance, contact Xpert Home Services. We are prepared to help you with your Outer Banks home maintenance needs today!