Safety for Seniors: Aging Safe

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Everyone deserves a safe place.

Safety for Seniors

Safety for seniors is one of the most important issues facing handymen, handywomen, builders and every other professional in the field of home services.

The majority of seniors want to age at home, as most of us would. This raises a few important issues, however:

  1. The elderly are at a much higher risk of being injured in household accidents.
  2. Most seniors are unable to handle the necessary repairs and maintenance, particularly if they are living alone. With major contractors uninterested in changing light bulbs and repairing door handles, who can they trust?

In the timeless words of Stan Lee: “With great power comes great responsibility.” It is our responsibility as tradespeople to protect and care for our elderly.

We may not be able to contribute our labour, but we have contributed our time and knowledge. If you’re interested in  safety for seniors, read on.

LIGHTING

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), no less than 20% of falls occur at night. Simple lighting solutions can prevent such events from happening:

  1. Install overhead lighting in every room and additional lights where daily tasks such as cooking, eating and reading take place.
  2. Install lights at the top and bottom of every staircase in the home.
  3. Position an overhead light above the front door, so as to allow you to see who is knocking at any given time.

FLOORS AND STAIRS

The Royal Society for Accident Prevention (ROSPA) states“Falls are the most common accidents, which can cause serious injury at any time of life. The risk increases with age.”

In establishing safety for seniors in a home, floors and stairs are key areas to focus on:

  1. The best flooring options available for seniors are linoleum and vinyl, as they are very low-maintenance. Add textured strips in order to create traction and prevent slips.
  2. Remove any high thresholds at room entrances. These are among the most common tripping hazards.
  3. All staircases should be flat, their presence indicated by colour. Railings should be added as well.

By adding a light fixture, as well as switches to the top and bottom of  your staircase (as mentioned above), you will have ensured optimal safety when the stairs are in use.

AROUND THE HOME

There are many small additions you can make around your home to ensure the best possible safety for seniors.

  1. In the kitchen, check to see the height of all cabinetry, and if it is easily accessible. All faucets, handles, and knobs should be easily maneuverable. The kitchen space should be compact to eliminate any unneeded movement.
  2. All window fixtures use drapes or curtains, rather than blinds, as they are easier to open and close.
  3. In the washrooms, install grab bars around all necessary fixtures, such as the sink, toilet, and bath tub.

By using these simple tips, and doing some research, you can provide an older loved one with a secure living space. Go through the home, inspect, and run through a checklist. If you feel that something is missing, or would like to add or improve an item in the home, please contact Odd Job today. Our handymen would love to optimize any space to provide the needed home safety for seniors.

If you need help improving your living space, or that of a loved one, contact us for a free estimate and fill out our online “book-a-handyman” form. Our team is on the job.

Power Wash Your Deck the Better Way!

POWER WASH YOUR SPRING SPACE!

Power Wash, Deck Cleaning, Porch Cleaning

Your deck or porch can look this beautiful too!

Spring has arrived — before you entertain guests, or enjoy those relaxing moments outside, why not freshen up your deck or porch with a power wash system from Odd Job? Our handymen will arrive onsite with our specialized equipment, using our process to have your space looking as good as new without damaging the wood from over-pressure, as some companies do.

Don’t wait–give your porch or deck that brand new look with a spring cleaning  from the pros at Odd Job! Book us today! Remember…keep calm. Spring is here!

Is it time for Baby Proofing at your home?

Baby Proofing for your Home

Is your little one fast asleep?

Great, let’s play the baby proofing game. Get down on the ground, sit or lie down if you can. Now look at the room you’re in from this new perspective. Are there lots of interesting things on the ground? If you needed to pull yourself up right now, what’s handy? What’s small enough to put in your mouth? What’s big enough to get your hand into? What else do you see from your baby’s vantage?

What needs Baby Proofing?

It’s important to be through on baby proofing your home to ensure it’s a safe environment for your toddler to explore. While your baby is gearing up to go mobile, Odd Job can help make your home safer by:

  • Installing safety latches on kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers to keep children from exploring. This will prevent them from finding potentially poisonous household products, kitchen and bathroom appliances, knives, etc. Consider adding drawer locks in a home office as well.
  • Securing all bookcases, shelving, and heavy furniture to walls with brackets and anchors to prevent it from tipping over. Toddlers learning to stand and walk tend to pull themselves up by whatever they can grab, so make sure that what they reach for won’t come tumbling down on them. When storing items, put heavier items on bottom shelves and in bottom drawers for stability.
  • Installing locks to chest freezers and any extra refrigerators to prevent children from exploring and getting trapped.
  • Installing door closers on doors that lead to basements, garages, pools and other hazard rooms. This will close the door behind you, even if you have your hands full.
  • Installing or repairing a fence and gates to enclose your yard and keep your kids safely at home.
  • Installing toilet locks to keep toilet lids closed. Children are more top-heavy than adults and can lean and fall into a toilet easily. They also can drown in just one inch of water.
  • Upgrading electrical outlets near water sources to those with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), which turn off electricity if appliances fall into water.
  • Installing safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs and in the doorways of rooms with hazards. While gates with expanding pressure bars are great for doorways, they should not be used for blocking stairs.
  • Installing corner and edge bumpers on furniture and other items like a fireplace hearth to protect against injury.
  • Replacing old windows or adding stops to the frame so that the window cannot be opened wide enough for a child to fall through.
  • Replacing any old or broken blinds, shades, and draperies. Install blinds that lock when fully up or down and avoid looped pull cords as they can be a strangulation hazard.

If it’s time to any of these or any other baby proofing upgrades to your home, call Odd Job at 416-520-1161, or book online. We look forward to working for you.

For Retail Property Managers: Our Service List

Retail spaces come with their own set of challenges, and a good Retail Property Manager such as yourself will want to have a trusted handyman to call whenever minor repairs or major changes pop up.

Odd Job can help:

  • Breakdown or install shelves, display racks and cabinets, counters, etc.
  • General repairs for shelves, display racks and cabinets, counters, etc.
  • Repair drywall
  • Frame new walls for division of space
  • Assemble and install storage solutions
  • Plumbing Repairs
  • Tile/facade repairs
  • Paint
  • Hang Art, Photographs, Certifications or display monitors
  • Refinish floors
  • Renovate employee washrooms

For Real Estate Agents: Our Service List

As a Real Estate agent, you know the value of having the right contacts in your professional network to help you turn a sale around quickly. Make Odd Job Handyman Services your secret weapon – we can help you and your clients repair and refinish properties to ensure they get their full value at market. Give us a call at 416-520-1161 or book our team online.

Odd Job can help:

  • Paint – Interior and Exterior
  • Repair and patch drywall
  • Repair or replace doors and windows
  • Finish basements
  • Repair front and back porches
  • Renovate Kitchens
  • Remodel Bathrooms
  • Exchange all switch and outlet covers
  • Exchange faucets and fixtures
  • Exchange light fixtures or ceiling fans

Halls and Stairways – Service List

The hallways and staircases are the arteries of your home – high traffic areas that must be safe for everyone to use, as well as prime real estate for showing off a collection of photos or creating built in storage.

Odd Job can help:

  • Hang Pictures and Art
  • Lay carpet runner in halls or on stairs
  • Refinish the stairs or hallway floors
  • Install or replace banisters and railings
  • Paint the walls of the halls or stairways
  • Install pet or baby gates
  • Add built-in storage under staircases or on large landings.

Kitchens – Handyman Services

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Kitchens – Our Services

We use our kitchens everyday. They’re where we prepare food, dine, and socialize with friends and family. When there’s an imperfection

Odd Job can help:

  • Replace your faucets, sinks and other fixtures with newer, upgraded models.
  • Fully repairing and if necessary replacing your tiling, fully restoring sanitary beauty to the space.
  • Fully repair and maintain your cabinetry, replacing and upgrading the hardware so they function better than ever.
  • Remove the existing flooring and replace it with laminate – perfect for high-traffic areas.
  • Install a gorgeous tile backsplash that creates the ideal vibe.
  • Install islands, countertops, and shelving – when you run out of space, we’ll create new ones.

Kitchens will have any number of repair and maintenance issues over the years. The list above gives only a few examples of the wide range of services we offer in this area.

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Our team has the expertise necessary to transform your kitchen.

Whether you need a few repairs, a project installation, or even a large-scale renovation, Odd Job has you covered. We have been transforming kitchens across Toronto since 2008. Reach out to us at (416) 520-1161 or schedule your visit through our nifty online form.

Closets and Shelving – Our Services

Closets and Shelving – Our Services

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“A Place for Everything, and Everything in it’s Place.”

Homeowners, renters and office managers everywhere constantly struggle with storage space. A single phone call to Odd Job will open the doors to custom closets and shelving

Odd Job can fully repair and maintain your storage space, and even create it according to your liking. Whether you’re looking install some floating shelves or repair the doors to some drawers, our team has effective solutions to your storage struggles.

Our storage services – mainly aimed toward cabinetry, closets and shelving – include:

  • Shelving Assembly (Prefabricated) – That new shelving system you purchased from Ikea? Save hours and call us . We’ll assemble and install it flawlessly before the tea is done.
  • Shelving Assembly (Custom) – We can build and install custom shelves and shelving systems. Tell us what you would like and we’ll make it happen.
  • Closet Installation – We can assemble and install your closets, and even build cabinetry that is specially tailored to your aesthetic preferences.
  • Closet Upgrades – Been meaning to install a closet organizer? We’ll do it. Need a few closet rods installed? We’ll do it. Odd Job knows that your “small jobs” are big deals.
  • Repairs – Our team can fully repair, maintain, and, if necessary, replace your closets and shelving. This includes cabinetry hardware – hinges, pulls, doors, etc.

If you’re struggling to organize your life, save time and stress by calling (416) 520-1161 or filling out our online “book-a-handyman” formIt’s hard to find a place for everything, but you can always create new ones.

 

Common Services – Service List

Common Rooms – Our Services

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They say that “home is where the heart is.” Where is the heart in the home, though? It would have to be in one of the common rooms.

Whether you call it a living room or a den, these are the spaces where you and your family spend much of your time together. It’s where you gather with friends. Are you getting the most out of yours?

Odd Job can:

  • Hanging – Curtains, blinds, art work, family photos, displays, and more. If it goes on the wall, we’ll hang it!
  • Furniture – Assembly, maintenance, etc.
  • TV Mounts
  • Storage (shelving, cabinetry) – Repairs, installations, etc.
  • Painting – Interior walls, ceilings, trim, baseboards, etc.
  • Flooring – Installation, refinishing, etc.
  • Drywall – Patching, sanding, boarding, taping, skim coats, project installations, etc.
  • Woodwork – Trim installation, baseboard installation, crown moulding installation, etc.

Bathroom Improvement – Our Services

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Bathroom Improvement – Maintenance and Repairs

Did you know that most of the repairs and maintenance issues that surface in your bathroom do not require a plumber? 

That’s right. You aren’t going to need to pay large sums to a specially licensed tradesman to take care of your bathroom improvement needs. The same handyman who you call to hang your pictures, refinish your deck and repair your drywall can also  fix the leaks in your sink or toilet.

Don’t let a nagging repair issue interrupt your morning routine. Call (416) 520-1161 or book our team online and a team of fully licensed, insured and bonded professionals will be en route to take care of all your bathroom improvement projects – large or small.

Our services in this area include:

  • Tiling – Our services include tile installation, tile repair and tile restoration. We will repair, replace and install porcelain, ceramic, glass, and stone tiles on your walls, floors and sub-floors.
  • Fixture Installation & Repair – We can repair, replace and install bathroom fixtures – sinks, faucets, shower heads, toilets and much more.
  • Painting – We can fully refresh the interiors of your bathroom, updating the floors, baseboards, walls and ceilings with a beautiful new finish.
  • Grout & Caulking – We can fully repair, restore and refresh your grout and caulking. We will leave your bathroom looking better than ever.
  • Remodel – Need a small remodel? Our bathroom improvement technicians will work with you to create the design you’ve been dreaming of.
  • Renovations – Need a full-scale update? Our special renovations division will supply the best available labour, materials, and expertise to bring your vision to life.