Remodelers Aim for Aging Boomers

Installing ramps and bathtub grab bars may keep contractors busy as boomers age. Photograph by LJM Photo/Corbis

As the oldest boomers turn 65 at a rate of about 10,000 a day, their homes can challenge stiff joints and waning eyesight. A Harvard University study suggests recovery in the remodeling market will be driven in part by contractors making improvements to help individuals go about their routines within their own homes. So-called age-in-place retrofits should provide a “particularly strong” source of business for the 650,000 remodelers in the U.S., two-thirds of which are one-person ventures, according to the report.

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