Not at all, for two reasons. First, the typical StayPlan is based on a detailed personal assessment and 10-year forecast of your personal activities (including activities of daily living). This assessment is important for considering other living arrangements. Second, our typical StayPlan includes a thorough home inspection which is important for preparing the home for resale should that become necessary.
The Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) program was developed by the National Association of Home Builders, working with the AARP and others. It is designed to reflect the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for seniors and the elderly. When Homespan helps the homeowner with implementing any recommended home projects in their Plan, preference is given to CAPS remodelers and design-build professionals.
Our staff includes those trained and certified as Certified Senior Advisors (CSA)® by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. Our CSAs have supplemented their individual professional licenses, credentials, and education with continuing education and extensive experience working with older adults.
Family discussions about aging in place can be emotional. A StayPlan offers an objective view of the home, with data and recommendations that can help make decisions easier and more factual.
Yes, this situation is ideal for those concerned about the safety and quality of life of a parent or other loved one. Our services are also valuable for homeowners who are preparing for a loved-one to move in with them.
Our current service areas are Northern Virginia (including Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington County, City of Alexandria, City of Falls Church, and City of Fairfax) and Maryland’s Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.
DIY resources provide a general appreciation for the breadth of things that could be done to a home to help your age-in-place but leave it to you to actually figure out what applies to your situation. They don’t provide information about the actual condition of your home or the cost to make changes or do maintenance. A StayPlan, by contrast, provides homeowners with objective information, year by year, to determine if it makes sense to stay in your current home as you age given your future plans and goals.
Ideally, we recommend conducting a StayPlan as part of your retirement planning in your 50’s or 60’s. Our Plans are still helpful for those who have already retired or even those who are aging-in-place in their homes. They provide an unbiased and objective look at your home that can often aid in making decisions about the future.
No, HomeSpan makes unbiased and objective recommendations that can be carried out by the contractor of your choice or even by you or a family member. We can, however, provide referrals and even manage the work we recommend in our plans should you need ongoing support.
Our initial visit is a no-cost consultation. Thereafter, the cost of your plan is based on a case-by-case basis. We consider many factors, such as the size and condition of the home. A cost proposal presented following the initial home visit. For most single-family homes, StayPlans start at $2,500.
The Plan is a detailed, comprehensive assessment study of your home, evaluating its suitability for the next 10-30 years, along with recommendations and solutions that allow you to determine:
- Can I stay here as I age?
- What would it take for me to retire-in-place?
- Can I afford the maintenance and modifications necessary to maintain my lifestyle, safety, and comfort into the future?