Home Inspections – Government Entities
Housing and Assistive Technology, Inc. (HAT) provides home accessibility inspection and recommendation services for persons with disabilities and seniors, with the goal of determining the safest, most accessible and cost effective solutions for independent living within their home environment. HAT also conducts all aspects of required activities for local cities and municipalities relating to home inspections to determine deficiencies in each home based upon housing quality standards (HQS) provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Department.
Below is an overview of the home accessibility inspection services that HAT provides. Please contact us for more information regarding our home accessibility inspections.
Environmental Adaptation Services, including but not limited to:
- A complete on-site environmental home assessment with the client as to their current home requiring adaptations, modifications or re-designing of their existing home based on the client’s medical and caregiving needs.
- A review of one or more potentially new homes to meet the client’s medical and care giving needs.
- A review of architectural plans and/or assist with architectural plans for a newly purchased home, or soon to be purchased home and awaiting to be built.
- Evaluating the home design to determine the safest, most accessible, aesthetically pleasing and cost effective modifications to meet all of the medical needs of the client and their caregiver requirements.
Conduct a complete on-site home inspection(s) to assess full accessibility in the home:
- Home modifications to the entire interior and exterior of the home.
- Health and safety – weatherization construction needs or repairs, general repairs and the need and/or installation of assistive technology, and durable medical equipment (DME) to meet client’s need for greater access and independence.
Conduct a thorough on-site inspection with the client and/or their representative, with focus on:
- Review layout of home’s interior and exterior areas to determine if the home will fit and meet the medical needs of the client, care giving requirements, and his/her family for accessible products, home modifications, design and construction.
Provide written reports, cost estimates, bid analysis, and more:
- Complete a written report of the findings from conducting the on-site visit, and items discussed and reviewed with family. The detailed scope of work report will be used for bid purposes, and itemize all work specifications, fixtures, finishes, accessible design and construction features required.
- Provide a cost estimate of all of the home adaptations, modifications, general repairs required, and any durable medical/assistive technology will be included.
- Conduct meetings, phone discussions and e-mail correspondence regarding project.
- Final review of assessment report with family must be approved. Once approved, provide the scope of work that detail the findings, and conduct a bid meeting up to two (2) licensed and insured General Contractors for construction bid estimate. A review of bids and selection of lowest/most responsive bidder is provided to clients for final review and approval.
- Architectural and engineering, contractual and design, and build services as needed.
- Conduct bid reviews and bid analysis.
- Ensure winning/approved general contractor and family/representative obtains a mutually agreed upon contractual agreement to complete the work (if required). Once signed, the approved contractor will begin to perform all of the construction-related services per the contract for services. Permits and sealed architectural plans will be required.
Professional construction case management services, including but not limited to:
- Ensure design and product choices for the project stay within in the budgeted cap.
- Ensure permits, architectural drawings and construction is provided and monitored throughout the entire project.
- Onsite design and construction meetings take place and are coordinated with the client and contractor/sub-contractors to ensure project completeness.
- Meeting and coordination of accessibility aspects, fixtures, color selection and features to ensure they meet accessibility and client’s approval.
- All work required will be completed under the local building and construction codes.
- Work directly with the family, as liaison to both the contractor and sub-contractors, who are providing the construction services.
- Provide on-going progress and status reports.
- On-site inspection visits, monitor construction progress, and photos.