If Your Home No Longer Fits Your Requirements, You Don’t Have to Move — Why Not Renovate Instead?
As you prepare for retirement, it’s only natural to want to stay in your comfortable family home. Over the years, you’ve shared moments, made memories and put your personal touch to the place, so of course, it’s not easy to think about leaving.
However, through the years come physical challenges, some of which can be unexpected. These challenges often make it difficult to maintain your independence at home, especially if you are not prepared. If your home no longer fits your requirements, you don’t necessarily have to move — why not renovate instead?
The word “renovate” can sound daunting and expensive, but the trick is to start small and to make changes with purpose. If you have a particular health issue, use that information when deciding which renovations are most needed. Subsequently, you can redirect the expense of moving house towards making a few beneficial adjustments to suit you.
If you’re a wheelchair user, widening the door frames of your home will greatly help you to navigate around much more comfortably. An expert in home modification can do this in half a day, so it’s an affordable yet quick initial renovation and —as a bonus — lets in more light and so makes the room feel bigger.
If you’re low on energy or if you need assistance getting around your home, grab rails are designed to help with mobility. They can be placed anywhere around the home for additional support when standing up and sitting down, as well as for keeping balance or moving around. These can be vertical or horizontal and can be attached in a number of different ways on the floor, wall and ceiling.
Lever Door Handles
Another handy household aid is lever-type handles — particularly for those who have difficulty with joint pain. Replace your regular door knobs for a much easier method of gripping, opening and closing doors. It’s a small move, but one that will benefit you every day.
Any floor surfaces in your home which become slippery when wet (such as vinyl or linoleum) are a hazard waiting to happen. Floors are not often a primary cause for concern — which means they are an easy one to forget. Take out the potential for any slippery falls by switching to non-slip flooring — we recommend carpet as it can double up by cushioning a fall. To keep rugs in position, add a non-slip rubber backing.
Lower Kitchen Countertops
Some renovations are larger projects, but they also pack a bigger punch. For example, as the kitchen is where you spend a lot of time preparing and cooking meals, it’s important to think about what changes you could make to ensure you’ll keep using it with ease.
A kitchen refit or partial redesign can help you to continue your culinary independence for years to come, by lowering your countertops and moving your storage areas within easier reach. Thinking ahead, you could also reposition your plug sockets and fridge height to levels that are convenient for you.
Invest Now to Boost Resale Value
If you want to stay at home for the long-haul, it’s important to think about valuable investments to the house renovation. Perhaps it needs a roof replacement, new windows or some structural alterations. If there’s anything that needs fixing, do it today as it’ll save you money and stress in the long-term — and it’ll boost your resale value too.
The Fun Part — Add a Passion Room!
While a lot of these renovation ideas will positively affect the practicality of your daily life, don’t forget the joys of retirement too. Always wanted to write a book? You could create a study space. Love to garden? Perhaps get a greenhouse. This is your time to enjoy what you want to do and to make the space for it.