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3 Home Features That Might Come in Handy During the COVID-19 Crisis

Apr 10, 2020 by Maurie Backman

With COVID-19 showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, millions of Americans are stuck cooped up at home and may be finding it harder and harder to stay patient and compliant with social distancing orders. If you have money set aside for home improvements, now may be a good time to tap those funds and invest in the following features that could make life easier on you in the coming months.

1. An awning for your deck or porch

When you report to an office, you're apt to catch some fresh air in the course of your commute, even if you don't step outside during the workday. When you're stuck working from home, fresh air can be harder to come by -- but it's so very necessary. Therefore, it could pay to invest in an awning for your deck or porch. Doing so will help block sunlight that usually makes using a laptop outside next to impossible, and it will also make it more pleasant to sit in your yard on those hotter days. Best of all, you can have an awning company do its work without entering your home, thereby eliminating germ-related concerns.

2. A backyard play set

If you're a parent whose young kids have been stuck at home for weeks, you're no doubt aware that the current situation may be taking a toll on them -- a toll that translates into perpetual whining and persistent complaints of boredom. One thing that might really help in the coming weeks, especially as the weather gets warmer, is an outdoor play set, if you have the backyard space.

A play set can serve as a reasonable substitute for the playground you'd normally frequent, and if you have younger children -- say, ages eight and under -- you'll probably get decent use out of that play set for a number of years before they grow too old for it. And, as is the case with an awning, you don't run the risk of bringing contractors into your home when you pay to have a play set installed. You may even, in some cases, be able to do the work yourself.

3. A swimming pool

It's too soon to tell whether the stay-at-home mandate most of us are under will be lifted by summer, but unfortunately, there's a chance we could stay locked up well into July or August. If you've been thinking about installing a pool in your backyard, now may be a good time to get moving on that project. Though you may face some permitting delays as town offices are closed or minimally staffed, doing the legwork now could help ensure that you have a usable pool by the time warmer weather rolls around -- in case summer camp for your kids is, unfortunately, off the table.

Right now, millions of Americans are struggling financially while others risk losing their jobs in the coming weeks or months. If you're planning to take on these or any other home improvement projects, make sure you truly have the funds to do so. The last thing you need right now is a load of unhealthy debt while we're deep in the throes of a health and economic crisis. On the other hand, if you have money earmarked for renovations, now's a really good time to make your home a more pleasant place to live.

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