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Front Page - Friday, March 15, 2019

Find home remodelers you can trust to help you age in place

Although many older Americans heading into their golden years wish to stay in the home they know and love, some homes are built with features that are not suitable for all ages and abilities.

Specialized builders and remodelers can help turn homes into a safer, more convenient place to live – a place where seniors can remain independent and comfortable as they age.

Certified Aging in Place Specialists help people in the Chattanooga area find aging-in-place solutions to fit each homeowner’s specific needs and budget. CAPS remodelers and builders are trained to address the unique needs of aging adults without sacrificing the aesthetic value of the home.

There are countless ways CAPS remodelers can help make homes more accessible for older Americans including:

• Adding railings or grab bars to prevent falls

• Changing floor coverings to add traction and remove tripping hazards

• Installing ease-of-reach systems

• Widening doorways and halls to accommodate wheelchairs

• Installing no-threshold showers or walk-in bathtubs

Aging homeowners interested in renovations need to be able to find a remodeler who understands their needs. The CAPS designation helps homeowners have confidence that they’re working with an expert in aging-in-place renovation.

CAPS designees pledge to uphold a strict code of conduct and are trained to listen closely to specific needs instead of pushing renovations that are not needed. CAPS professionals are also committed to attending continuing education programs and staying up to date on the latest aging-in-place technologies and strategies.

When working with a CAPS designated remodeler, you can be confident you’re getting the best service from a professional with integrity and expertise. More than 3,100 remodelers and builders hold this designation, including many working in the Tri-state area.

During National Designation Month – a time when the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga and the National Association of Home Builders spotlight industry professionals who go the extra mile to attain advanced training and achieve specialized designations – we recognize the importance of professionals who have earned the CAPS designation.

In addition to CAPS, our local builders have achieved many other distinguished designations to better serve their clients and community.

Certified Green Professionals incorporate eco-friendly building principles into their work without driving up the cost of construction.

Certified Graduate Builders (CGB) or Remodelers (CGR) are professionals with several years of industry experience and advanced skills not only as homebuilders or remodelers but also as trusted business managers.

Visit the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga’s online directory at www.HBAGC.net to find a builder or remodeler in this area with a CAPS or other designation.