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Local News and Information Archives for 2023-07

Is it Time to Remodel or Relocate?

There is always something on a homeowner’s to-do list, from changing air filters to finally repairing that leaky faucet. You may be looking at tackling a big project on your to-do list, such as a kitchen renovation or adding a new addition. Modernizing your home can come with a hefty price tag. Depending on the scope of your project, it might be time to move on to a house that better suits your needs. To help you evaluate if you should invest in a home project or start saving for a new house, start by asking yourself the following questions.

1.     What’s my budget? Crunch some numbers to determine what you’re financially ready to spend. Remodeling can be an excellent investment and save you the hassle of moving. But it requires a great deal of patience and flexibility. On the other hand, buying a home can be instantly gratifying, but the actual costs of buying (and selling) – such as commissions, closing costs and moving fees – need to be part of the equation, as that is money you won’t get back. 

2.     Is the layout of your current home conducive to a remodel? Do you like your kitchen, but a load-bearing wall prevents you from making it your dream space? Or would your perfect bathroom be attainable except for space constraints? A professional remodeler can provide you with creative solutions to your layout needs and help you determine if a dramatic remodel is attainable. Another consideration is zoning laws. If you’re planning a large project, a professional remodeler can tell you if any zoning restrictions would affect the remodeling project you envision.
3.     What is the current value of your home compared to similar homes in your neighborhood? If your home is already the most expensive in the area, you might see a small return on your investment if you remodel. But if comparable home values are more significant than your home, you are much more likely to see a strong return by making improvements.

4.     How might your needs change in the next three, five or 10 years? A growing family, kids going off to college, an aging family member moving in – all are factors that can significantly impact your future requirements for a home. According to the National Association of Home Builders, more than a third (39%) of buyers prefer a multigenerational home.

5.     How do you feel about your current location? Even if you change everything about your home, there are many things outside of your home that you have no control over. Have you resumed a lengthy commute to work, or taken up a hobby or activity farther away from your home? Other lifestyle factors to consider are the school district, parks and shopping centers, and the overall look and feel of the community. 

To find more information to help you make the decision as well as a directory filled with skilled remodelers, real estate agents, visit our membership directory.

How to Spend Your Golden Years Safely at Home

Homeowners are increasingly interested in living out their golden years in their own home. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), more than three-fourths of remodelers (76%) indicated that requests for aging-in-place features have significantly or somewhat increased over the past five years. The “age in place” approach affords homeowners the ability to live comfortably and independently in the safety of their own home regardless of their age or ability.
To help make a smooth transition into this stage of their lives, many baby boomers are searching for builders and remodelers who can help turn their home into a more convenient place to live as they age. Building professionals who have earned the NAHB Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation have received training on how to build or renovate a home so that the occupants can live in the home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of their age or ability level. While most CAPS professionals are remodelers, an increasing number are general contractors, designers, architects, and healthcare professionals.
NAHB found that the two most common reasons homeowners request aging-in-place projects are planning ahead for future needs (88%) and living with older parents (50%). Many existing or older homes are simply not equipped to meet the needs of the baby boomer generation.
There are many projects that homeowners can request to better accommodate their current or future needs. Grab bars are the most common aging-in-place project, with 93% of remodelers reporting this job in the last year. They are followed by curb-less showers (83%), higher toilets (77%), wider doorways (63%), and added lighting/task lighting (49%). 

CAPS professionals are helping homeowners find aging-in-place solutions that fit their specific needs and budget. CAPS remodelers and builders are trained to understand the unique needs of aging adults without sacrificing the aesthetic value of the home.

Aging homeowners looking to renovate need to be able to find a remodeler they can trust completely, and the CAPS designation helps give homeowners a guarantee that they’re collaborating with a trustworthy professional who’s an expert in aging-in place renovation. While most CAPS professionals are remodelers, an increasing number are general contractors, designers, architects, and health care consultants.

CAPS designees pledge to uphold a strict code of conduct, so you can be sure that they will listen closely to your specific needs and will never push you to add any renovations you don't need. In addition, CAPS professionals also commit to attending continuing education programs, so they are always up to date on the latest aging-in-place technologies and strategies.

If you’d like to find a builder or remodeler in your area with a CAPS or other designation, contact the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga. You can also search the online directory at nahb.org/capsdirectory.