DIY quick fixes to make your home more accessible

By accessibleproperty

June 28, 2022

Getting older is just a fact of life. With age, we become less mobile and not as able to do the things we used to love doing. If you’re getting to that stage of life or you have family that struggles to visit nowadays, all is not lost! 

If you’d like to find out how to make your home more accessible, read on! 

How to make your home more accessible 

Step one: plan your project 

The first step is to ask disabled family members what their needs are. There are an estimated 14.6 million disabled people in the UK and so everyone’s needs will be different. 

By asking your family member what they require, you can ensure that your home improvements will be benefitting them. For example, if your relative is in a wheelchair, changing carpeted floors to wooden flooring can help them tremendously. 

Step two: budget

The next step is arguably the most important. With energy bills soaring and inflation hitting record levels, many households are finding their budgets are being squeezed. As such, before you carry out any work, it’s important to think about what you can afford. 

Materials and tools soon add up, so make sure you factor everything in and double-check your figures! 

Step three: get the right tools and equipment 

A bad workman always blames his (or her!) tools. So, before you start, you’ll want to ensure you have all the right equipment for the job. As a bare minimum, you should invest in a tape measure, pliers, a hammer, an assortment of nails and screws, and an electric drill. You should also look at getting a drill bit set so you can drill holes in a variety of different materials.  

Step four: pick a time and day 

Once you’ve done the above, you’ll be ready to commit and finally get the work done! By designating a specific time and day to do the work, you’ll be less likely to put things off. 

When deciding on the best day, try to consider the household as a whole and the neighbours. For example, if your partner has important work calls, doing DIY between 9-5 midweek is likely to cause a bit of a disturbance! 

Step five: ask for professional help

Finally, the last thing to remember is that there’s no shame in asking for professional help. Whether you start and realise you’re out of your depth or an unforeseen problem comes up, calling a professional is better than potentially damaging your home. 

And there you have it! Whether you want to make your home more accessible for a current relative or yourself when the time comes, by following these tips, you can ensure your home stands the test of time.