Martin is a member of SCS’ Home Maintenance and Modifications team

Carpenter Martin Lane says many people are surprised by how quickly home modifications can be done and what a difference they can make to their lives.

“I enjoy making people’s lives easier,” he says. “A lot of people are very appreciative of not just the results but also because we turn up on time.”

Martin is one of the Home Maintenance and Modifications (HMM) team of licensed tradesmen which undertakes small modifications and maintenance work to make it easier for seniors and people with disabilities to live independently and safely in their homes.

“We can often do the job straight away if it’s a couple of grab rails or hand-held shower or maintenance such as tap washers, fixing a gate or door, or cleaning a cement path that’s getting slippery.”

Having always been a carpenter, working for project home builder Metricon or running his own flooring business, Martin can handle any job, big or small.

“If it’s a bigger job, say if someone needs a ramp, we might need to do a site check and measure-up before giving a quote and then come back to do the job once a quote’s been accepted.  We always quote ahead of starting a job.  The site check helps if we’re unsure of what’s needed in terms of equipment, materials or labour.”

Most jobs are completed within four hours and typical work includes grab rails, custom-made handrails, hand-held showers, ramps or wedges instead of steps, and bed or chair risers. Maintenance work includes minor electrical, plumbing, and carpentry and repair jobs.

And after an early start, tidily completed jobs and clients happy with the results, Martin finishes up his day in time to be involved with his kids’ after-school sport and other activities.

To find out more about our home modifications service, click here.