Home Modifications

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Many people find that the home they purchased earlier in their life may not suit their needs as they grow older. These resources can help you think through what modifications you can make to your home to better suit your needs.

Home Modifications at Eldercare Locator
This website sponsored by the U.S. Administration on Aging explains common modifications and how to get them for your home. Learn more.

National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Resources
This site serves as a clearinghouse for information on home modifications. Find out more.

Rebuilding Together
This nonprofit created an online Aging-in-Place & Safe at Home Checklist to help you think about repairs that can improve your daily life. You can also find a local affiliate online at rebuildingtogether.org/affiliates or call 1-800-473-4229.

Home Modification Tax Deductions
If you need to renovate or improve your home because of a medical condition, you may be able to deduct the costs from your taxes under certain conditions. According to the IRS, these improvements do not usually increase the value of a home, but the costs can be included in full as medical expenses. Common deductions include costs of installing:

  • Entrance or exit ramps
  • Handrails or grab bars
  • Railings, support bars, or other modifications to bathrooms
  • Widened doorways at entrances or exits
  • Widened or modified hallways and interior doorways
  • Modified stairways
  • Modified fire alarms, smoke detectors, and other warning systems
  • Ground grading to provide access to the residence

You can also meet with an expert – such as a Certified Public Accountant, attorney, or real estate agent – to get the correct information.

IRS Publication 502 provides more details on this tax deduction and can be found at www.irs.gov/publications/p502