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Ways your home can take care of you – Part III: Best to bring in a professional

In the third and final post in this series, AD&B provides at 14 more ways your home can take care of you. These are things that are more expensive in the short-term, but can really help out when needed in the future. Also, many of the projects we have listed need to be done by someone who really knows what they’re doing—and we know there are very talented DIY-ers out there—or a licensed contractor.

Ideas that require a certain amount of skill and professional skill:

  1. Install low-pile carpeting or smooth, non-slip flooring. ($$$$ – 4)
  2. Add more light fixtures and switches to stairs and hallways. ($$$$ – 3)
  3. Install an exhaust hood for the oven with easily removable filters. ($$$$ – 3)
  4. Install a pot-filler at the stove. ($$$$ – 3)
  5. Install an oven with clearly marked controls on the front or side of the unit. ($$$ – 3)
  6. Install single-lever mixing faucets in the bathroom sink, tub, and shower. ($$$$ – 3)
  7. Make all interior doors at least 3-feet wide. ($$$$ – 4)
  8. Make hallways at least 48-inches wide. ($$$$ – 4)
  9. Install roll-under kitchen and bath cabinets—at sinks and cooktops. ($$$$ – 4)
  10. Convert cabinet shelving in kitchen and baths to full extension drawers. ($$$ – 3)
  11. Create curbless showers. ($$$$ – 4)
  12. Create at least one stepless entry into your home. ($$$$ – 3)
  13. Install hardwiring for security systems and electronic aids for hearing and emergency calls. ($$$ – 4)
  14. Install a front-loading washer and dryer. ($$$$ – 3)

Costs, including labor:

$           Under $20/item

$$         $20 – $100

$$$       $100 – $500

$$$$     $500+

 

Difficulty level:

1   Easy

2   Some skill required

3   Best handled by a professional

4   Major project

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