Home Maintenance Business Will Help Seniors 'Stay Put'
Mark Maduza wants to help seniors tackle basic home maintenance and general exterior upkeep, allowing them to stay in their homes.
As spring blooms, many will take to their yards once again to tackle the chore of maintaining their homes.
But the task might be more difficult for some homeowners and renters than others, and has the potential to eventually force them from their homes.
Mark Maduza wants to help seniors with basic exterior home maintenance, softening the burden of upkeep.
"As we age, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep up with the demands of home ownership, and alternatives such as moving to a condominium or independent/assisted living may not be desirable or affordable," he said.
Come April 1, Maduza plans to launch Stay Put Home Services, offering a range of services.
Maduza said after witnessing older relatives and neighbors struggle to keep up with the work, he felt he could help.
"I've seen a lot of elderly people struggle with the services I want to provide," he said. "I want to help with the day-to-day things that seniors struggle to keep up with."
He said a neighbor on his Shorewood block was recently forced from their home because they couldn't physically do the work.
With Stay Put, Maduza will provide yard work including grass cutting, hedge trimming, leaf pickup, weeding and fertilizing. Additionally, he’ll help with gutter and downspout cleaning, and minor exterior repairs like small paint jobs, window washing, winterizing.
House-sitting, running errands and dog walking or pet care are also on the list of services Maduza hopes to offer.
He won't, however, tackle the big jobs like carpentry work or a large paint job.
The retired Johnson Controls communications employee of 34 years said Stay Put has been a small dream of his for a little over a year. It's another career for him, after his retirement.
"It's a great fit for me; I'm looking forward to it," he said.
Maduza will stick to Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and Milwaukee's east side. Lawn mowing will start at $25 and will depend on lot size, while general labor will run $22 per hour.
For more information, visit staypuths.com.