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Weekend Projects For Homeowners Who Plan To Age In Place

by Teresa Boyd 01/07/2019

While there are plenty of weekend projects to take on that would be more satisfying to complete than “age-proofing” your home taking the time to make these upgrades will make your home more accessible. Both to older family members visiting and even for your future self. These small changes will make a big difference and you might just find them helpful for your life now!   

Replace doorknobs with handles. It’s easy to take what, to us, feels like the simplest of actions for granted. The twisting action of a doorknob can be difficult and even painful for arthritic hands. This is a quick project and one that can add a fresh new look to the doors in your home. IF you’re looking to switch things up or modernize your home opt for a different, more modern finish for your hardware. Bronze and satin finishes are very popular choices.   

Turn a first-floor office into a guest bedroom. And move the office upstairs. Stairs can be an issue for those with limited mobility. Be proactive now by establishing a first-floor bedroom that can be easily accessed by older guests staying the night and by you down the line. Having a bedroom on the first floor can save you the cost of installing a chair lift down the line if stairs become a serious obstacle.

Install a hand held shower head. This is a shower feature that really is useful for the whole household, even the dog. But choosing a model with a sliding tube and optional side mount for the handle makes for an easier experience for those with limited mobility. It allows the ability for the shower head to be reached when sitting and also to be placed within arm's reach without having to stretch overhead.

Railings along stairs, ideally on both sides. When mobility and balance are an issue stairs can become dangerous. If your staircases don’t already have railings installed this is an ideal feature to add. Make note of the dimensions of each of your sets of stairs and research what sort of style would best fit that area of your home. This is a project that adds an element that is seamless to a home and doesn’t stand out. In fact, you may find guests of all ages will appreciate this addition.    

Less furniture in each room. Keeping less furniture in a room makes it easier to navigate a room and ideally fit mobility aids like wheelchairs and walkers. It also can bring new life to a room as well as make it feel more open and spacious. Keep only the most necessary elements to a room and take out shelves or bulky furniture designed to hold and/or hide knick-knacks. Make each element in the room really count. You’ll have a much more chic, magazine-esque room on your hands when you're finished.

About the Author

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Teresa Boyd

I relocated to Ocean Isle Beach in 2002. Prior to that I lived in Maryland and worked for over 20 years in Washington, D.C. for the D.C. Court system and an office that prosecutes attorneys. I began my real estate career in 2006. 

The first year I worked as a real estate agent, I received the Rookie of the Year award. Each year since I have been recognized as a multi-million dollar sales agent and have consistently been one of the top producers in the company. Coldwell Banker National has recognized me with a Sterling Award for the number of sales transactions closed, The President’s Circle Award, and Coldwell Banker Sloane awarded me with the 2017 TOP PRODUCER Award for the highest sales volume. Long story short, I work hard for my buyers and sellers and it shows in my numbers!

I have been married for 34 years, have four children and eight grandchildren. I have been enjoying the South Brunswick Island area of North Carolina for over twenty years. Part of that time I was a vacationer here but the past 16 years I have called this my home. 

Call me and put my experience & knowledge to work for you. I look forward to working with you!