The wave of Baby Boomers in Chattanooga and the surrounding area is generating a strong demand for remodelers and builders who specialize in making home modifications that create safer, more convenient living spaces. These professionals, called Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS), have been trained in the unique needs of older adults and are well versed in a wide variety of techniques to enhance a home’s aesthetics, livability and value.
As part of February’s National Designation Month – when the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga and the National Association of Home Builders spotlight industry professionals who attain advanced training and achieve specialized designations – we recognize the importance of the CAPS designation.
CAPS builders and remodelers are helping home owners throughout Hamilton County and North Georgia identify practical and comprehensive aging-in-place solutions, such as widening doors and hallways, installing brighter lighting, adding railings or grab bars to prevent falls, changing floor coverings to add traction to slippery surfaces, and installing ease-of-reach systems. These improvements, among many others, often allow home owners to maintain their independence and stay in their current homes.
CAPS graduates pledge to uphold a strict code of ethics, indicating they operate their businesses at only the highest level of professionalism. Additionally, the designation means they have committed to build upon their knowledge of the latest aging-in-place strategies by attending continuing education programs.
Nearly 3,400 remodelers and home builders hold this esteemed designation, including CAPS builders and remodelers here in Greater Chattanooga. Additionally, there are several other honorable designations that many of our local builders have achieved:
• Certified Green Professional (CGP) –incorporates eco-friendly building principles, without driving up the cost of construction.
• Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) or Remodeler (CGR) – has several years of industry experience and possesses advanced skills not only as a talented home builder or remodeler, but also as a trusted business manager.
• Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) – works in the affordable housing industry and educates others on the complex regulations of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.
If you would like to find a professional with the CAPS designation or any of the other highly regarded builder designations, contact the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at 423-624-9992 or www.hbagc.net.