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Home modification refers to converting or adapting the environment in order to make performing tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. It includes:

  • low-cost and simple changes to the home (removing hazards such as clutter, throw rugs; moving furnishings; and changing where activities occur (e.g., sleeping on the first instead of second floor);
  • adding special features or assistive devices such as grab bars;
  • extensive renovations (e.g., installing a roll-in shower and ramps); and
  • repairs such as improved wiring to eliminate the need for dangerous extension cords or fixing loose stair treads to improve safety.
Where to Get Help:

Depending on the extent of the modifications, there are several ways to modify and repair your home. You can: 1) do it yourself, or get a friend or relative to help; 2) hire a building professional (handyworker, remodeler, or contractor) and/or health care professional such as an occupational therapist to advise you on changes; or 3) contact a home modification and repair program or business that can advise you on funding, assessing your home, and product advisement.

In addition to the resources listed in our Directory below, services may be located through your:

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Also, consider taking these steps:
  • Get recommendations from friends who have had similar projects completed.
  • Hire a licensed and bonded professional.
  • Be specific about changes you wish to make in advance.
  • Ask for a written agreement with only a small down payment. Make the final payment only after the project is completed.
  • Check with your local Better Business Bureau regarding the professional's reliability and performance record.

Resource Listings:

Resources listed on are provided solely as a convenience for users of the site. They do not indicate endorsement of any services, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information.

The web site, a university-based and non-profit effort, provides an opportunity for home modification service and product providers to place a web site link and information for consumers and professionals. A reciprocal link to is requested but not required.

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Accessibility Consultants

Carole Abbas

2561 Division St. E
Buffalo, MN. 55313



Persons with Disabilities & Older Adults

24 - 36



County waiver, VA, workman comp, contractors

Comprehensive Client and home assessment tool. Project specific work scope and RFP for contractors to bid on same items



Handyman Matters

Michael Sitek, as of 8/30/12

6224 Halifax Avenue South
Edina, MN 55424





Handyman projects of all types


Forrest Lake

Beyond Barriers Minneapolis

Blair Ferguson, as of 4/6/14

9652 152nd Ave NE
Forrest Lake, MN 55025




MN Waivered Services Program, VA, Workman Comp and more

* Over 20 years of experience in Environmental Assessment, Universal Design, & Home Modification
* MN Accessibility Specialist, CAPS & CEAC certified
* Licensed Elevator Contractor in MN


Occupational Therapists & Accessibility Specialists

Susan Lasoff, MS, OTR/L

1235 Yale Place #407
Minneapolis, MN. 55403

612 872 7520

Persons with Disabilities & Older Adults




SEMCAC, Incop./ Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

Cindy Vitse, HSG Svcs Coordinator as of 9/27/10

204 South Elm Street Rushford, MN 55971

(507)864 7741

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

Family and elderly, and low income



Roofs/ foundations/ insulation/windows


Weatherization inspectors

First time home buyers

deferred loan $280,000 (18 month)

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency/ Housing Fund

South St. Paul

Accessible Homes, LLC

Carisa & Andrew Rasmussen

204 South Elm Street
South St. Paul, MN 55971




Persons with Disabilities




MN Counties waiver services, workman comp, VA

Disability Etiquette training for sub contractors.