When it comes to completing home improvements, it can be difficult to find the time to finish up, leaving many abandoned projects throughout a household. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many homeowners are using their time at home to complete those projects or to begin new ones. Working on home projects during quarantine can be a great way to de-clutter, add value to your home, or even develop new skills around the house. Let’s take a look at some projects you may want to tackle during quarantine.
How to choose which project to complete
There are a few factors that you should consider when choosing which improvement projects to take on. A great way to start is by taking a tour of your home and making a list of the areas you would like to improve or projects you’ve been telling yourself you’ll do eventually. Once you’d compiled your list, you’ll want to ask yourself a couple of questions.
Firstly, what is your budget? If you don’t have a ton of funds to spend on a project, overhauling your entire kitchen may not be the best financial decision. It’s important to understand that while you may have the time, you should also be considerate of the funds you have available.
Second, do you want to do it yourself (DIY)? Although many contractors and cleaning services are still working during the pandemic, it is up to you as the homeowner to decide whether you are comfortable allowing a team in your home at this time or if you’d prefer to tackle these projects on your own. If you’re choosing the latter, you need to evaluate your skillset to determine the types of projects you are willing to do on your own. This will not only keep you safe but help reduce any major mistakes being made on the home.
Best home projects to tackle during quarantine
A simple project that can be tackled is reorganizing cluttered areas of your home. The best places to de-clutter include your bathrooms, kitchen, and closets. Take some time to go through each of these areas and discard anything you no longer use. Consider selling or donating any of the items you’d like to get rid of. As a bonus, if you sell any items, those funds can be used for any other projects you want to take on.
It may not be the most exciting project in the books, but going through your home and deep cleaning can help your home in more ways than one. It can get rid of allergens, particles that may attract pests, and keep your home in tip-top shape. Deep cleaning means going beyond dusting and vacuuming; this is when you’ll want to do things such as scrubbing the baseboards, cleaning curtains and lamps, washing patio furniture, and wiping down small appliances and vents.
Add fresh paint
A new coat of paint can do wonders in your household and it’s relatively easy to do yourself. You can get creative and even add an accent wall. If you’re not sure you’re willing to take on painting entire rooms, you can create some wall art to add a pop of color or design in the room using some canvases from the craft store. It’s even a fun household-friendly activity if you want to include your family or roommates.
Complete small repairs
This is an area where you will want to evaluate your skillset before you take on any projects. If you don’t have any experience with electrical or plumbing, you may want to stay away from those projects until you can consult an expert. However, if you feel comfortable with those areas, consider upgrading the leaky faucet in the bathroom or the outdated light fixture in the kitchen. Additional repairs you could consider are refinishing hardwood floors, fixing or replacing cabinet handles, unclogging drains, and cleaning upholstery.
Upgrade curb appeal
While the inside of your house is certainly an important area to complete upgrades, the outside should not be neglected. A simple way to improve the look of your home is by painting your front door, but you can also go big and add some entirely new landscaping as well. If you choose to upgrade your landscaping, it’s important to do a bit of research beforehand on the plants that will thrive in the climate of your home and if you need to add in an irrigation system.
Prepare to buy a new home or refinance
If you plan to buy a new home or refinance your existing loan within the next 6 months to a year, you can also use this time to prepare.
Homebuyer to-do list
Refinance candidate to-do list
- Set up a meeting with your OVM Financial loan officer to determine next steps
- Gather all documents needed for loan approval
- Complete your loan application
The bottom line
Being hunkered down at home doesn’t have to be boring and it can be a great opportunity to get creative on staying productive. That productivity can mean amazing improvements in your home that can not only make you love your home more but can potentially raise the value of your home in the future!