Observing quarantine conditions means that we’ve all been spending a lot more time at home than usual lately. So it’s only natural that we begin to think about how we’d like to improve our homes, making them more suited to our lifestyles or individual tastes. In fact, planning a home improvement project is a brilliant way to pass the time in lock down. The work you plan can be quite simple, but sometimes small things make a big difference:
Declutter Your Space:
One of the simplest but most impactful things to do is to use the time in quarantine to have a major declutter. Being inside for a long time can make us feel cooped up, so creating more space by streamlining our possessions is a great remedy. Tackle those black holes of clutter like the basement, the loft, the cupboard under the stairs, and your closet. You can even look into techniques like the KonMari method if you want to find a new way to organize your belongings. Similarly, the current situation has made a lot of us think more about nature and how we can live more sustainable lifestyles – so if you want to look into becoming more minimalist, now might be a great time for it.
Tackle Essential Maintenance:
We all want our homes looking and performing at their best for when we are allowed to welcome friends and family round again. So the current downtime is a great chance to make sure all of those home maintenance jobs are in order. Simple things such as servicing your air conditioning system, repainting decking and patio furniture, power washing the exterior of your home and your drive, and adding some colorful planters are all simple things which can both improve the appearance of your home and stop small issues from turning into larger, costlier ones further down the line. It can be hard to find the time for these jobs when you’re going to work and have social commitments, so tick them off your to-do list now.
Repair or replace your roof:
Many homeowners often contemplate whether to repair or completely replace their roofs when remodeling their homes. If you are more budget-conscious it’s best to make small repairs to any damage you spot on your roof. This way, a minor repair can potentially be achieved during quarantine without the aid of experts. However, if you live in a much older home with larger damage to the roof, consider having your roofing replaced entirely. Bear in mind that sometimes, even minor issues may be an indication of a much bigger problem. If you’re not sure of the best way to proceed, there are many companies like Roof Doctors ready to identify and diagnose any concerning roofing issues that could cause damage to your home.
Switch Up The Layout:
If the layout of your home no longer suits your lifestyle, then it’s an ideal time to think about switching it up. Sometimes you can make a big difference just by repurposing items of furniture that you already have or moving them around your home. Or you could even repaint and replace handles to give an item a whole new look. In this way, you can often find better uses of your existing space, especially if combined with a declutter.
You may find that you need a more drastic change, one which involves handing over to construction staff to remove internal walls or add an extension. The project may have to wait until lock down conditions ease, but it’s definitely a good time to start sourcing quotes for the cost of the work and mapping out what you could do – home improvement boards on Pinterest are always great to get inspired and see what might be possible.
Sometimes, it’s the small things that you do to a space that can make a big difference in how you see it. If you’re a little limited in the budget, then it’s worth looking at changing some of your soft furnishings, like a good rug, for example, that can sit in your living room or a throw styled nicely on your bed. These little touches can help give your space more character and can give it that refresh it needs whilst spending time in quarantine. You could also switch out your curtains or drapes for something different, whether it’s a new color or style. Drapery Rods Direct is a good place to start and can help add a burst of color to the room in general.
Use your extra time at home to remodel, declutter, and repair as you see fit!
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