Monday, June 27, 2016

“Have You Considered Becoming a Remodeler?”

Not every handyman, home builder, or do-it-yourselfer can turn to remodeling as a profession, but for those who want to become remodelers, it can be very rewarding.

First, there is the opportunity to help people convert or renovate their existing living space into something more functional for them.

Second, there is the ability to help people add onto, modernize, or reconfigure their living environment into something more practical for them.

Third, there is the potential to dramatically impact the lives of people who want to remain in their current homes and age- in-place by helping them make their homes safer, more accessible, or more comfortable.

Fourth, there is the possibility of collaborating with and working alongside other professionals, such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, durable medical equipment specialists, interior designers, kitchen and bath designers, architects, and many others to create the solutions that people seek and need. 

Fifth, there is the prospect of repeat and referral business among the clients you serve, as people are satisfied with the work that has been done and show it off or tell their friends and neighbors about what was done, as referring professionals learn to respect the work you do, and as your reputation grows.

Sixth, there is no concern about what the new construction market is doing - remodeling remains fairly steady and constant during times of new home growth, and it accelerates as sales slow and market conditions tighten.

People have many reasons for seeking improvements to their current homes - from making them more livable to getting them ready to sell. They may want a new bedroom or bath, a larger or more accessible and usable kitchen or family room, or more storage. Perhaps they want to convert some exiting “bonus,” “flex” space or unfinished basement area in actual living space.

Remodeling can run from being a handyman (for those already experienced in such areas) all the way to a custom home builder and can involve changing out a few fixtures, replacing a door, or tearing down or gutting an existence home and rebuilding it.

There’s always going to be a demand for remodeling because people are going to want to make modifications to their homes – and not everyone is capable of or even interested in making those changes themselves.

Many people like the home they have – especially after a few modifications are completed – and they’re not interested in moving. The aging-in-place concept is quite strong and active - and only going to become more popular in the future.

People are much more interested in remaining in their current homes long-term, and now they need modifications and other improvements to accommodate various physical limitations and restrictions. 

Also, people are having adult children or elderly parents move in with them - or both - so they need to have modified or extra living space - especially bedroom and bathroom areas.

Some people, in the process of trying to sell their current home in order to buy another, have been told by a home inspector that there are various deficiencies or inadequacies that they need to eliminate. They also might just want to modernize a kitchen or bath to make the home more saleable.


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Steve HoffackerCAPS, MCSP, MIRM, is a licensed Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist instructor and best-selling author of universal design books. To learn about this and other programs for aging-in-place or universal design, visit stevehoffacker.com or call 561-685-5555.