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Get Organized for Taxes

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Keep Moving Forward

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS PERFECT FOR AGING PARENTS

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS PERFECT FOR AGING PARENTS

According to an AARP report, approximately 90% of Americans over the age of 65 would prefer to stay in their own home as long as they are able, so chances are, if your parents are in their golden years, they feel the same way.  Although home renovations may not satisfy the needs of every case, here are some improvements that you can make to your parent’s home, or your own, to make it safer and more convenient as they age.

Install an Elevator or Stair Lift

Elevators and stair lifts can be very expensive, but if they fit into your budget, they can also allow your parents to move easily throughout their current home, which would help them to stay put much longer.  Expect to pay at least $30,000 for an elevator, or approximately $3,000 for a stair lift.

Use an In-home Monitoring Service

Many “smart” home alarm and detection system companies are now offering in-home monitoring services for seniors, which involve a monthly fee and often require the purchase of equipment.  With sensors placed throughout the home, families can monitor the movements of their loved ones, which reduces stress on the family.

Consider a Walk-in Bathtub & Grab Bars in the Bathroom

Walk-in bathtubs are perfect for seniors that find climbing in and out of a bathtub difficult, as long as they are willing to use them correctly.  Since these tubs require you to get in the tub BEFORE turning on the water, your parent must be comfortable with sitting or standing in the buff while they wait for the water to fill.  Prices for these tubs range from $2,500 to $10,000.  Also, bars located in the bathtub and next to the toilet can also help with stability issues.

Widen the Doorways

If your parent will be moving throughout the house in a wheelchair, providing more spacious doorways may be a necessity.  However, the cost varies widely depending on the doorway, and any electrical wiring that must be moved.

Install Lever-style Doorknobs

Quite possibly the cheapest improvement you could make for your aging parents is to replace the round doorknobs in the house with lever-style handles.  Expect to pay between $10 to $20 per handle.

While you may not be able to prevent your parents from ever leaving their home, making these changes can prolong their stay considerably.

What Will Determine Success

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Communication

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Communication is two or more people working together to find the common ground of understanding.  And when they find that common ground, they are positioned to have tremendous power together.

Not All Are Lost

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THE BEST REPAIRS TO MAKE BEFORE SELLING YOUR HOME

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THE BEST REPAIRS TO MAKE BEFORE SELLING YOUR HOME

When it’s time to sell your home, deciding which last minute home repairs will pay the best dividends can be overwhelming.  There is no hard and fast rule, but depending on the time of the year, the location of your home, and the market temperature, following these general guidelines can help with your decision making.

Flooring Fixes

If your home has hardwood floors, congratulations!  Most modern buyers prefer hardwood, so it pays to remove carpet if you have hardwood underneath that can be refinished.  If your sub-floor is plywood, then replace your current carpeting with new neutral carpeting.  For ceramic, tiled flooring, replace any chipped and cracked tiles, and clean/replace the grout.

Ceilings and Walls

Adding a fresh coat of paint to your ceilings and walls not only brightens up your rooms, but can also cover any stains or hairline cracks.  Buyers often study ceilings for any signs of a leaky roof, so repainting them will pay off.  Always choose neutral colors for the best value.

Wallpaper & Wood Paneling

If you have wallpaper in your home, the solution is simple, get rid of it!  Wallpaper is a very personal choice, so make use of a wallpaper steamer to remove it.  Wood paneling; however, can be painted.  Be sure to use primer, then paint with a neutral, soft color.

Kitchen Improvements

Kitchen remodels return nearly 100%, but the costs are high.  Most buyers aren’t interested in paying more for high-end appliances, but mid-range and minor kitchen remodels can result in a large return.  Dated cabinets are a major turn-off to buyers, so updating or replacing your kitchen cabinets is a wise place to spend your money.  Resurfacing is the least expensive option, but if your cabinets are painted, a new coat of paint and new hardware can do wonders.  Replacing leaky faucets and stained sinks are also improvements worth investing in.

Roof

If your home is in need of a new roof, you should replace it.   Most buyers will shy away from buying a home if the roof needs to be replaced.

In a nutshell, buyers want to find a well-maintained home that is move-in ready, including updated plumbing, electrical and heating.

It's Worth It!

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Accept Authentic

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5 WAYS TO BORROW IDEAS FROM PROFESSIONAL KITCHENS

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5 WAYS TO BORROW IDEAS FROM PROFESSIONAL KITCHENS

Restaurant kitchen designs feature both efficiency and safety, so why not take some of their tricks home to your own kitchen?  Here are a few ways to infuse your space with some industrial convenience, without creating a sterile and industrial feel.

1- WORK ZONES

Commercial kitchens are intentionally planned for accident-free traffic, and creating a kitchen with work zones, surrounded by space for easy movement will allow you and your family to enjoy cooking together safely.

2- OPEN SHELVING

Open shelves make it easy to grab and go, and are great for families.  Cupboard doors and drawers attract sticky messes, so an open shelving system is easier to clean.

3- STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless steel surfaces are popular in commercial kitchens for good reason.  Not only can they take boiling hot pots and pans straight from the cook-top or oven, but they are also incredibly hygienic and almost indestructible.

4- DISPOSAL HOLES

Most restaurant kitchens have disposal holes with trash receptacles beneath so that food scraps can be easily swept straight into the trash.  This prevents bacteria from accumulating on the top of a trash can lid, and is highly convenient if you can spare the counter space.

5- COMMERCIAL FLOORING

It’s important for commercial kitchens to invest in nonslip, easy to clean flooring, and domestic kitchens have begun to follow suit.  Popular flooring choices like cork and linoleum not only provide a nonslip, easy to clean surface, but they also are easier on your feet than tile or hardwood.

With kitchen inspiration abounding on spaces used on the Food Network and popular cooking shows, you're certain to find something perfect for your kitchen and family.

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Cheyenne WY 82009
(307) 631-6884
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