“When John was younger, he’d handle all the repair work around the house himself.” Marie looked fondly at her husband. “Even if he worked all week, on the weekend or after work, he’d get the ladder and the hammer and go take care of the situation. Now?” She shrugged. “Now things are different.” John has severe arthritis and poor vision. “Our biggest challenge is finding a building contractor we can trust to do these things and not overcharge us.”
Today, many seniors are finding themselves in John’s situation. When you need home repairs in Dover, minor home renovations, or even a larger project such as a room addition, it can be challenging to find a good building contractor. Senior care advocates recommend researching any building contractor you’re considering working with before you sign on the dotted line. A simple Google search can reveal lots of information. Talk to the Better Business Bureau. Interview the contractor yourself. If they’re pushy, hostile, or difficult to deal with, back away from the deal. A reputable building contractor understands that you are the customer, and they will treat you with respect.
You want a contractor who listens to you. Some of the most common home renovations seniors in our region are seeking include kitchen renovations and bathroom renovations. Simple changes in each room make independent living easier and safer. Adding more lighting, for example, or installing grab bars and safety rails, can make the likelihood of slips, falls, and injury go way down.
Talk to your Dover contractor about changes that make your home more pleasant and usable as you get older. In John and Marie’s home, the fact that Marie uses a wheelchair means that wider doorways are essential. Lower countertops in the kitchen made it easier for Marie to continue cooking – a fact she loves!
If you need to make changes or repairs to your Dover home, contact us today! We’re here to help.