Stuck at Home Due to COVID-19? 7 Renovation Projects You Can Do to Keep Busy

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Published on: Mar 26, 2020

The isolation may not be fun, but you can use the opportunity to improve your home.

The right renovations can add value to your home and make it a more pleasant place to live. But finding time to tackle home improvements can be challenging when life gets busy. These days, however, there's a good chance you're largely homebound due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so you might as well take the opportunity to spruce up your living space. Here are a few easy projects you can look at tackling yourself.

1. Paint your walls

There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint to breathe life into a room. Pick some colors that will enhance your space and change things up.

2. Clean, sand, and paint your deck or fence

If you have a wooden deck or fence on your property, you're no doubt aware that these features require regular maintenance. Now that the weather is getting warmer, take the time to wash, sand, and repaint your deck or fence so it's in better shape by mid-spring. It'll give you a good excuse to get some fresh air at a time when you may be going stir-crazy indoors.

3. Paint your front door

Your front door may not be getting a lot of attention these days, what with the lack of visitors and a limited number of places you can go outside the home. But that doesn't mean you can't jazz it up a bit. Replacing a white door with a red or blue one will help your home stand out -- and give bored neighbors something nice to look at if they venture out for a walk.

4. Pressure-wash your siding

Vinyl siding can accumulate debris and mildew, making it look unsightly. If that's the case for your home, rent a pressure washer and give your home's exterior a thorough cleaning.

5. Put up a new kitchen backsplash

Something as simple as a backsplash that runs the length of your countertops can transform your kitchen. Find some unique mosaic tile and put in the time to update what's likely the most frequently used room in the house.

6. Reorganize your garage with shelving and storage

How many times have you promised yourself you'd work on getting your garage tidy and into better shape? Well, now's the time to do it. Clear out items you no longer need, and put up shelving so that space stays organized.

7. Update your bathroom and kitchen hardware

Replacing old knobs and drawer pulls with new ones can be time-consuming, but if you're already stuck at home, you might as well tackle the job. Find hardware you like and give your bathrooms and kitchen a whole new look.

It's not easy being stuck at home, but since that's the scenario most of us are facing right now, you might as well use this time to make some improvements. The good news? Even in states that are currently on lockdown, home improvement stores are generally considered an essential business, and so for the most part, they're open. That means you should have the ability to stock up on the supplies you'll need for whatever project you decide to tackle.

That said, shop safely. Aim to visit these stores at off-peak times, keep your distance from other customers, wipe down the items you buy once you return home, and, of course, wash your hands thoroughly upon your return. Luckily, most home improvement stores are massive, so it should be easy to spread out. And if you make a list of things you need before you head out, you could set the stage for a number of helpful home improvement projects with a single run.

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