The coronavirus pandemic has shaped our lives over the past year, and although many of us thought we would be “back to normal” by now, many restrictions are still in place. Many people live, work, and relax in their homes, occasionally going out for shopping, but not much else.
While this lifestyle may seem isolating, it also presents a unique opportunity to focus on certain real estate improvements that will benefit you in the future. Not only do you have more time in the day now that you don’t commute for two hours, but you can also have tools and materials delivered to you; knowing that someone will be there to pick them up. So, let’s take a look at some real estate improvements you can make during the pandemic.
Redecorate your walls
It’s a simple way to upgrade your home and make it look fresh and clean, but so many people push it aside because they just don’t have time to take care of the clutter. Now that we’re confined, there’s no reason you can’t order a stool, a new tin of paint, a few brushes and rollers, and to work. We will have plenty of time to cover our furniture and clean up the mess.
It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to a room that has lost its shine. Whether you’re touching up the paint that’s already there or adding a brightly colored wall, you’re sure to make your rooms a lot more attractive than they were before locking. It is also a great activity if you are planning to sell your home in the near future.
Do the gardening work
There is always work to be done in the garden, whether it is cleaning the gutters, painting the fences or repairing the leaky roof on the shed. Over time the gardening jobs add up and with the temperamental UK weather we never get to do it. The freedom to spend more time at home can be a great opportunity to start making your way through the mountain of outdoor chores you’ve put off.
Your trusty stepladder will come in handy again as you make your way through the garden to get things done. Having the extra height will allow you to reach gutters, paint your fence panels, and easily reach the roof of the shed. So, don’t be afraid to take your step ladder out of the garage or order a new one!
A clean and tidy garden space will definitely come in handy in the spring / summer, when we might be encouraged to meet friends and family outside. Spending some time making improvements to the garden will be rewarding now and enjoyed over the next few months.
Close around the bath or shower
There are few things more infuriating than flowing water in places it shouldn’t be in your home. Not only can water ruin the hard work you put into decorating, but if it ends up in electrical appliances, it can also be a health and safety hazard.
For this reason, now is a great time to check the seals around your bathroom items. Mold is known to grow in bathroom crevices and grouting is a particular hot spot. Re-sealing the bathroom will make it look clean and new, while making sure that the water will not cause unnecessary damage.
Restore old furniture
If you’re really keen on a DIY challenge, why not consider recycling some of your old furniture. With a few simple supplies, you can strip and paint or refinish old wood furniture to give it a whole new look.
Why not dust off your old sewing machine and try your hand at upholstery? You can make new pillowcases for your sofa cushions and rid your living room of those accidental coffee stains once and for all!
Giving a little TLC to items you already own is a great way to improve the look and feel of your home without spending a lot of new furniture. Not only is it better for the environment, but it also unleashes your creativity and allows you to design your home in a way you love.
Install additional shelves and photo frames
Adding a few extra personal touches to your home while locked out can be a great way to make your space more comfortable during these uncertain times. Take the time to plan a photo wall and add photos of family members you can’t see right now. Keeping pictures of them will improve your mood and make you even more excited to meet up after the lockdown.
Putting your books on display is a great way to encourage more reading. Reading is a great way to disconnect from the real world and get lost in a story for a few hours. Of course, if you’re not a big fan of reading, you can use your shelves to improve your home’s storage and get rid of the clutter.
These are just a few home improvements you can make during the pandemic to make your home a more enjoyable space! We all need a pick-me-up right now, and home renovations are a great place to start.