At some point in your life, it may be necessary to modify your home. You may have a family member who needs a lower sink, wider doors or a specialized way to get up the stairs. Paying for a home modification could cost you a lot of money, but there are ways to work up to the costs so it’s not such a bad hit on your wallet.
Trim Your Budget
One of the best ways to find extra money to put a stairlift in your home, or pay for some other home modification, is to trim your budget. There are many ways to find extra cash. You can reduce your spending in any category. If you buy a coffee before you go to work everyday, just eliminating one coffee each week will save you hundreds of dollars in a year. One 3 dollar coffee times 52 weeks is a savings of 156 dollars. Do you spend too much on cable tv? Just by calling your cable company, you could save an extra 20 dollars a month. That’s an extra 240 dollars a year. Making these small changes can make a big difference.
Look for Help
There are many organizations that will help you through the thought process required to update your home. One in particular is the resource at Hud.gov. The department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, has even published a guideline on the best practices for modifying a home. They provide builders and developers with the technical guidance on how to comply with accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988.
Once you have figured out how you will finance your home change and the technical aspects to make it work, dream big! A home modification can also be viewed as lifestyle design. For example, Hitachi Mini Excavators could be used to modify the exterior of your home. These are ideal for tight narrow sites. I remember watching an episode of Extreme Home Makeover. The ABC show profiled a family with a son in a wheelchair that could not reach the sink. And boy did this episode make me cry.
The little boy was just living his life and wanted to help out. They even donated their old home to one of his friends! You can change things a little or you can update your home Extreme Makeover style. Just think big!
Have you ever had to remodel your home?