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Armand L. Fontaine

Tips to Homeowners

September 28, 1986

Question: I have a parent who is confined to a wheelchair and is unable to take a shower or bath with our present bathroom facilities. I have asked several contractors if they could install a shower that my parent could use, but have been unable to find anyone who could help.

Answer: You might have your contractor contact the representatives of Fibersheen. They have been manufacturing institutional and handicap barrier-free bathing facilities for over 20 years. They have over 20 models of stall showers that are available for handicapped people.

Their products are made from a marine-grade gel coat which is laminated into fiberglass with galvanized steel reinforcement. You can get more information by calling their distributors, Kimstock Southwest, Inc. 2200 S. Yale St., Santa Ana, 92704.

Q: I have a condominium near a ski area that I rent out during the winter months. However, the condominium rents for several hundred dollars less than comparable accommodations, but I still have problems renting it out because its distance from the central activity area.

A: You might consider the technique that is used by many condominium owners in Hawaii and in Florida, where their units are several miles away from the activity centers. These owners have negotiated with a car rental agency to furnish a car as part of the property rental.

Furthermore, you might also consider providing a ski lift ticket as an additional inducement to the rental.

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