Additionally, owners and renters can make immediate improvements that begin enhancing the safety, appearance, comfort, convenience, and accessibility of their homes without waiting for work to be scheduled and completed by someone else. They can do this on their own timetable and budget the work accordingly.
As an added benefit to getting the necessary minor work undertaken and completed, it gets the owners and renters in the remodeling mood and started on the path to more comprehensive solutions. Any procrastination that might have existed about projects that needed done but somehow just kept getting put off will start to fade as they begin the work themselves. After that, additional projects can be scheduled and completed to make their homes even safer and more comfortable.
Examples of items that we should encourage people to complete for themselves are replacing all of their non-lever door handles - both exterior and interior - with lever-style door handles.