Are you getting stir-crazy, stuck at home during the quarantine? Take advantage of the extra time by tackling some home projects that you've been putting off. From gutter repair (and cleaning) to painting projects, there are some things you can do to pass the time and keep your home looking great.
1. Gutter Cleaning and Repair
Ideally, you should clean your gutters twice a year. Spring is the perfect time to do it. If you don't clean your gutters regularly, they can get blocked up. This causes water to overflow and potentially causes leaks and water damage. While you're cleaning your gutters, make sure that they don't need any repairs. Enlist the help of a professional for gutter repair or replacement if you notice any issues.
Water can cause massive structural damage if left to its own devices, and you may not see the damage until too late. When gutters can't do their job, you can experience foundation issues, such as cracking, mold, and mildew.
2. Touch Up Your Trim, Railings, and Banisters
Perhaps you don't want to paint your entire home. But you could just paint the trim. Trim and stair railings and banisters will get scuffed and dirty over time. Give them a good cleaning and retouch with paint if necessary. If you're tired of outdated wooden banisters, you can update the look and modernize it with a glossy black or gray. You can also stain your banisters to change their appearance quite dramatically.
3. Organize Your Closets
All of them—pantry included. Organized closets are more effective. They feel better. Donate or toss out anything you aren't using anymore. Create a system for organization. Always begin by pulling everything out of the closet or pantry, categorize them, and then place them back. You can get organizational kits to help you: baskets, shelves, and more.
If your current closets just aren't working, you may need to install some additional shelves and drawers. Consider also improving the lighting of your closets, if you find them difficult to work with.
4. Spruce Up Your Flower Beds
Now's a great time to brighten your yard with fresh blooms and trees. Many garden centers are offering curbside pickup, so you don't even have to go inside. And you can even get drop off from a company like Lowes or Home Depot. Look for perennials if you want something to look forward to next year, and annuals if you just want a splash of color this year.
5. Replace Light Fixtures and Plug Covers
Tired of an old chandelier that's been there since you moved in? Change the look and feel of any room with a brand new fixture. You can also replace plug and light covers to add a touch of elegance. Even light colors can change the look of a room. Consider using smart bulbs in your home and wiring them up to a smart hub so you can change the color and the dimness on demand.
6. Deep Clean Your Floors
You'd be surprised what a deep cleaning can do. If you have carpet, consider deep cleaning and the carpet and the padding. If you have wood, you can get your wood floors refinished or re-stained. And if you have tile, you can get a pressure cleaning done on the grout, to avoid any staining. Deep cleaning your floors can make your entire home more attractive.
Are you thinking about tackling some projects at home? There's a lot you can do on your own. But there's also a lot you might need help with—and if you need ideas or assistance, we’re here to help with your home renovations.