Quarantine Friendly Home Upgrades

Your Home is Full of "Pandemic Projects"

Are you spending more time at home due to the pandemic? Well, wonder no longer. Your home is full of pandemic projects, many of which will improve your home’s value and make it a more enjoyable place to live. Keep reading for inspiration!

Financing Improvements

Before you get started, it’s important to tackle the topic of money. If you don’t have a hefty savings account, Redfin points out that now’s an excellent time to refinance. Although the financial markets may feel a bit shaky given the current state of things, interest rates are at historic lows. Talk to your lender about how these change from day-to-day. Despite minor fluctuations, you can probably still get an excellent rate, even if you take cash out at closing. Plus, depending on how much you owe on your mortgage, you can likely lower your monthly payments, which can improve your overall financial situation.

Top Projects

While your DIY options are almost unlimited, a great place to start is by giving your kitchen cabinets a quick facelift. This is a fairly cost-effective way to update your kitchen without a huge investment. For an entirely new look, paint the cabinets – using high-quality paint – and swap out your old, dated hardware for an instant makeover. If you have any paint left over, you can use it on other surfaces, such as furniture, to give other rooms a fresh feel as well. The bedroom, for example, will look completely different by simply rearranging things and adding a coat of paint to tired-looking pieces.

Keep in mind that for whole-home painting projects and for exterior painting work, you’re best hiring professionals for the job. For high-quality and affordable painting services and a satisfaction guarantee, reach out to the well-reviewed experts in the field.

Another idea is to take steps to lower your energy bills. You can do this in the summer months by raising your garage door a tad and opening the door to your attic—a simple solution that lowers your energy usage and spending all at once! Another idea is to swap your light bulbs for more efficient ones. Little changes can really add up!

Outdoor Entertainment

Since you’re spending more time at home, consider elevating your entertainment space. You can build a brand-new patio with a few basic tools, including a level, garden rake, and trowel, over the course of two or three weekends, assuming everyone in the family pitches in. Similarly, adding a pergola or sunshade to your backyard or deck will give you more space to spread out and enjoy the outdoors this summer.

Another great outdoor project is to plant a garden. Your front stoop is the perfect spot for a small flower garden, however, Burpee cautions that you’ll need lots of sunlight. This is also a wonderful science project for children, who can experiment with planting different types of seeds, learning how they grow and react to upkeep. As an added bonus, you’ll brighten up your home’s exterior and create curb appeal, which is important if you plan to sell once the pandemic is over.

Moving back inside, cleaning the garage floor will also add visual value and appeal to an otherwise drab space. Start by cleaning your garage out and then, as All Garage Floors suggests, cover electrical outlets before washing the space down. With little more than a strong degreaser, scrub brush, and a garden hose, your garage floor will find new life. Plus, once dry, you can decide what to bring back and what to take to the curb. It is a win-win: clean garage and less clutter!

Ultimately, the projects you choose should increase your home’s value while enhancing your quality of life. Whether that’s adding outdoor entertainment space, cleaning the garage, or taking care of much-needed maintenance items, there has never been a better time to take steps to ensure that you can enjoy the space you call home.

For all your handyman needs, including any senior-related modifications and projects, contact HandyPro today!