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You can help your older homebuyers or those with disabilities see past a property’s limitations by suggesting simple modifications that can accommodate remaining in their home. A growing number of general contractors are offering specialized services for older homeowners and those with special needs.

Modifications for aging in place
Changes to a property making it safer and more comfortable can range from minor additions to extensive remodeling, but the goal is to ensure homeowners make a purchase that can last them for years to come. Here are a few modifications that qualified contractors can help you make:

  • Lighting: Additional lighting, particularly in hallways and near thresholds or where floor levels change, can make navigation easier and safer for older members of the household.
  • Switches: Change light switches to rocker-style and locate switches, outlets and thermostats where anyone can reach them.
  • Fixtures: Bathroom and kitchen sinks with space beneath them and placed at lower levels increase accessibility for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Levers: Opening doors, windows and cabinets can be made easier by installing lever-type handles. Round knobs on doors or cranks on windows can be difficult to open if strength is compromised.

If you’re marketing homes to older buyers or those with disabilities, consider how you can refer them to a network of credentialed general contractors who can help close the deal by providing modifications to their new home that will fulfill their special needs.

Lance Malcolm is chief operating officer for Contractor Connection, where he is responsible for leading daily operations.

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