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

The web site www.homemods.org, 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 www.homemods.org is requested but not required.

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Arlington

Senior Safety Program

Dave Payea

15005 101st Ave NE

Arlington, WA 98223

360-659-8275
360-659-1795
DavePayea@aol.com
Home inspections and repairs on smoke alarms, ground fault outlets, electric heaters, door lock operation, ramps.
Snohomish County/ low-income seniors and people with disabilities
700
2
$49,000
Safeco, Allstate, United Way

 


Kelso

Minor Home Modifications

Paul Spears

PO Box 539
Kelso, WA 98626

360-577-4929

360-577-5905

Southwest Washing Agency on Aging

Seniors over the age of 60 years old.

100%

10

Ramps and grab bars.

Functional and environmental for health and safety.

Case Manager

State and federal government funds and donations.


Moses Lake

Minor Home Repair Program

Carolyn Schell

604 W. Third Avenue
PO Box 820
Moses Lake, WA 98837

509-765-9206

509-754-0346

North Columbia Community Action Council

1992

Elderly Homeowners with low-income

40%

10 homes

5

General Home Repair

Functional

State Certified Auditors

Client education provided

$110,000

Free


Seattle

Home Wise

Andrea Buchanon

Alaska Building 9th Floor
618 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

206-684-0244

206-233-7119

andrea.buchanan@ci.seattle.wa

www.ci.seattle.wa.us/housing

Seattle Office of Housing

1979

Low to moderate income, single family, and homeowners.

50%

200

16

Weatherization, roofs, and windows.

Functional and Environmental

In-house rehabilitation specialists.

* CDBG
* HOME
* Seattle Levy
* Seattle City Light
* Department of Energy.

The program is a loan program for rehabilitation and a grant program for most weatherization measures. We refer clients to other counseling programs if necessary.


Sedro Woolley

Samuel's Repair & Remodel

Samuel Brode

24892 Minkler Rd #11
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284

360-421-8333

sfbrode@yahoo.com

1995

Seniors.

60

1

Ramps & Bath Safety

No

60

Certified Aging in Place Specialist

No


Wellpinit

Senior Services Liaison Program

Terry Evans

6228 Old School Road
Wellpinit, WA 99040

509-258-7502

509-258-7029

1997

Elderly tribal members

100%

20

1

Ramps, stairs, handicap showers, carpeting, and window.

Functional and Environmental

Program manager

$15,000

Casinos

Materials and labor.

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