Home Improvement Projects You Might Want to Take On

By now, most people already know about the pandemic that’s been wreaking havoc on our hospitals and on our economy. While there’s a lot of bad news, there are new opportunities to be had during times of uncertainty if you’re able to see them. The home improvement sector is one of the few industries that is currently flourishing.

In fact, in a recent survey, about seven out of 10 respondents from a sample size of 1,000 homeowners have recently carried out at least one home improvement project since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic  In fact, a median of $17,140 was spent on these projects. This speaks volumes on the popularity, profitability and demand of the home improvement sector. Additionally, three quarters of the respondents have expressed that they have at least one more upcoming home improvement project.

Whether you’re a contractor who wants to learn what projects are popular, or a homeowner who wants to find which home improvement projects are most worthwhile, here are some home improvement projects for you to consider:

 

 

Home Repairs

One of the first tasks you need to accomplish is ensuring there aren’t any home repairs that need to be done. This is especially true if you’re working with limited funds. Misaligned doors, cracks in walls, broken window panes and glass are a few basic items that need to be addressed before you can even think about starting other bigger projects. Remember that home safety should always be the first thing you address.

The good thing about home repairs is that they instantly improve the function and form of your house. Not only that, but they are also relatively inexpensive and there are many contractors and companies like Van Isle Glass that homeowners can work with.

Outdoor Space Remodel

While we can’t quite move around in society like we once did, an outdoor space provides a change of environment that we could all use. Anything from an in-ground pool to a minor landscaping project can make out outdoors feel fresh and new. Additions like a backyard fire pit or an outdoor kitchen have also been increasingly popular lately.

Room Addition

It’s going to be some time before we can go back to our jobs at the office or head back to school. In fact, we might have to wait until 2021 at the very least. This means a home office space is going to be important going forward. A dedicated room for classes and work will not only help solve virtual challenges, but will also add value to the home should you choose to sell it later.

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Home Gym

Another problem that the majority of people face is that most of them either don’t have access to a gym or they simply don’t want to risk getting infected by going to the gym. The pandemic has shown the importance of maintaining your health, and a home gym is exactly what people need, especially in places where stay-at-home orders are strictly enforced. A home gym also increases the value of your house should you choose to sell.

New Partitions

Open floor plans are yesteryear’s trend, and considering that we’re all going to be spending more time at home, the need for separate spaces is important. Having distinct rooms helps unclog your house by minimizing the volume in different areas. Distinct rooms also give the illusion of different environments, which may not sound like much, but for people suffering from cabin fever, this change in environment is a welcome sight.

Furniture Refurbishing

Home improvement projects don’t have to be expensive. Fixing up old furniture is not only a great way to repurpose it, and it’s also very inexpensive. Wooden furniture is the easiest to refurbish, especially if it has already been painted. A coat of paint stripper and a bit of sanding is enough to prep the furniture for refurbishing. You can repaint the furniture to match the color of the room you plan to place it in.

Caulking

Unlike most of the projects listed in this article, caulking is more of a functional improvement rather than an aesthetic improvement. There are many parts of a house that need to be caulked and sealed in order to protect against water damage. A few examples of these areas are: the edges around your toilets and showers, the grout and tiles in both your kitchen and your bathroom, and the edges of your windows.

Caulking the sides of your windows not only protects against water damage, but it also prevents bugs from entering, and it can also improve the insulation of your home, which is especially important during the winter. Improved home insulation will also reduce the energy needed to maintain house temperatures within a comfortable range.

Light Fixture Cleaning or Replacement

It’s easy to overlook the need to make adjustments to lighting fixtures when remodeling a room. Cleaning light fixtures will ensure the proper distribution of light in a room. You may even want to consider replacing these fixtures to match your room’s new aesthetic. A bit of soap and water is enough to clean a dirty light fixture, assuming you’re able to remove the glass cover on your light, otherwise, a damp cloth will suffice.

Attic Repurposing

Most people use their attic as an extra storage space for old or unused items. The truth is that with a bit of creativity and imagination, it can become much more functional. An attic can be repurposed into an art studio, a home office, a home classroom, an extra bedroom, a game room, or even a stargazing room.

A home office is especially important during these trying times, considering that most businesses are forced to have their employees work remotely. Students who take online classes need a room where they can focus on their lessons. An extra bedroom could prove useful in case someone needs to be quarantined at home or for when you have guests over.

What Home Improvement Projects Should You Avoid?

Not all home improvements are worth their cost. While it’s true that most of the home improvement projects we’ve suggested so far are expensive, the value they add to your home and the way that they contribute to your mental health more than justify their cost. The following home improvements are not only expensive, but the benefits they yield are simply not worth the cost. Sometimes, they may even compromise the safety and functionality of your house.

DIY Home Improvement Projects

This applies to homeowners who don’t do these projects as a craft. While DIY projects can save you a lot of money, this is only true if you have the skills, experience, training, and tools to get the job done right the first time. DIY projects are not only costly, but they are also risky, and a poorly done job can end up costing you money and potentially lead to accidents. A poorly-installed electric circuit could cause a fire, or a wall leak from a poorly-installed fixture could affect your house’s structural integrity, just to name a few possibilities.

Consider the innate danger of performing these projects without the proper training. Many people hurt themselves during these types of projects, and an urgent trip to the hospital is something you’re going to want to avoid at all costs.

Any Project That Disrupts Your Routines for Too Long

It’s important to time your projects right. Don’t take on multiple projects, as it will effectively limit the areas in your house that you can use. If a project is going to take all year to perform, it would be best to wait until the end of the pandemic to take it on. Remember that the goal of a home improvement project is to make your home more comfortable, not to deprive you of comfort.

Luxury Upgrades

Unless you live in a high-end home, luxury upgrades such as marble flooring or spa-retreat showers aren’t going to be practical projects. Not only are these upgrades unnecessarily expensive, you’re also unlikely to get full value out of them should you decide to sell your house later on, because the average buyer is unlikely to be willing to pay extra for these kinds of upgrades. The money spent on luxury upgrades can instead be spent on things that buyers actually care about such as quality appliances, heating and cooling systems, and other upgrades.

Luxury upgrades may also be security risks, as they are bound to draw unwanted attention to your home, especially if you live in an average neighborhood. You don’t want your home to be the most expensive on the block, as criminal elements could be more likely to target these homes.

The home improvement sector has turned out to be one of the industries that are flourishing during the pandemic. Whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner, the home improvement projects we’ve mentioned are the ones that yield the best value. We hope this helped make things easier to plan.