Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS, has been involved in some phase of housing for over four decades – as a sociologist, urban planner, researcher, new construction consultant, and aging in place specialist. He has seen first-hand what has gone into home construction in many markets around the country – in recent times and over past decades. He even has completed many construction projects on his own so he is familiar with many aspects of construction and home modifications.

Many details of a home make them troublesome or problematic for the people who live in them and for those who visit for dinner or dessert, cocktails, a party, discussion groups, card games, TV or movie watching, or just for conversation. Depending on the age of the home and where it is located, there may several concrete steps required to enter, a small entry landing or stoop, narrow hallways and doorways, cabinets and closets that are hard to access and use, limited lighting, windows that are small or too high, and tricky flooring. Electric service may be outdated or inadequate.

Safety, comfort, convenience, and accessibility are the four main factors that contribute to how enjoyable a living space is for the full-time occupants and their guests and visitors. These attributes are easily evaluated as part of a home assessment review, analysis, or observation.

As Steve performs his home assessment for you (for your personal home) or for your client (for a challenging residence you are working with), he may do it as a phone consultation through a series of questions he knows how to ask, he may ask you to email him a photo of the rooms or areas of the home in question, he may conduct a virtual tour of the property online, or he may physically visit the property (depending on where it is).

He also may connect you with professionals in your local market or from elsewhere who have the special skills to help you be successful and effective in creating solutions or working with your clients.

Steve is familiar with several evaluation checklists and evaluation forms, but mostly he relies on visual impressions and his decades of knowledge to form opinions of what may or may not be working effectively and how to approach rectifying or improving those conditions. He has extensive contacts in the United States, Canada, and internationally that can assist you in creating the solutions you seek as well.

While the human performance characteristics of the occupants of the living space are important in evaluating how that home environment provides for them, Steve also considers the physical aspects of the home and how they relate to its use.

Contact Steve for his expertise in working on your home or that of a client, for incorporating him into one of your projects, or for connecting with resources that help you create the solutions you require.

Allow Steve to be a strategic resource for you to evaluate your living environment, connect you with professionals who can assist in your renovation needs, or pair local professionals with your project to get it done for you.

• For a free 20-minute conversation about your concerns, needs, or issues, check here.
• To discuss your specific needs and to find out how Steve can assist you as a consultant, check here.
• To have Steve conduct a virtual review of your living space call now.
• To locate and be connected with professionals in your local marketplace, call today.

What My Students Have to Say

Marian Berman
Marian Berman
2022-10-07
I just completed the Beyond Your Caps class and I feel as empowered and as energized as I was when I got my certification. Steve is an instructor who is committed o the success of his students and to the health, safety and comfort of everyone! It would be worth twice the price,
Michelle Brink
Michelle Brink
2022-10-07
Steve's classes are fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed taking CAPS I, II, III with him. I also found the follow up class Beyond CAPS is critical for implementing this new knowledge.
Sarah Bader
Sarah Bader
2022-09-01
I had the pleasure of taking the CAPS certification classes with Steve as well as the follow up class about how to use your CAPS designation. The material and information was fantastic and very helpful. His presentations were interactive and I was engaged the entire time. Highly recommended.
Consuela
Consuela
2022-08-03
The class was very informative. Steve was a great teacher, he presented material from several perspectives -- from a therapist, a contractor, handyman, designer, etc. He made sure he made the information relevant to the various occupations that were in the class.
Tim Rudd
Tim Rudd
2022-07-05
I took all three of the CAPS courses from Steve. He made the classes interesting and engaging. His knowledge on the subject matter is second to none and has great presentation skills. I highly recommend his services.
NormaJean
NormaJean
2022-05-22
I want to again say what an amazing course and the passion you have with educating those you teach is something to watch let alone the knowledge base behind you.
Alexander Moore
Alexander Moore
2022-05-13
Steve is a wealth of knowledge. His course is engaging and educational. I now have the tools I need to help people stay safe and secure in the comfort of their own home.
Michael Schluetter
Michael Schluetter
2022-05-06
I have been working with Steve since 2014 and did my CAPS Training with him in 2018. Steve is one of the most knowledgeable people in the Building and Construction Industry that I know. His courses are excellent, and he is always available whenever I have a challenging question or need consultation on a project. I can recommend his excellence to anyone who wants to widen their horizon and find new solutions and methods for their clients.
Katie Haman
Katie Haman
2022-04-22
I completed Steve's CAPS course and it was a great class. Steve was great at facilitating discussion among a group of people with varying backgrounds (i.e. medical professionals, real estate agents, interior designers and construction). He is very knowledgeable about the content and answers all questions thoroughly.
Patrice Pitts
Patrice Pitts
2022-04-09
Beyond Your CAPS was a fantastic course to help me consider how I might expand my skills into another area of the community as well as to consider additional sources of income. Steve's course considered many aspects of services/assessments that could be beneficial to clients and included both legal and billing suggestions/guidelines. A very helpful course I would definitely recommend it!