About 90% of homeowners tackled at least one project during the lockdown period of the 2020 pandemic. However, with news of the omicron variant creating more apprehension globally, it might be time to start another project to take your mind off things.
The projects people took on during the pandemic ranged from a couple of hundred dollars to more than $50k.
If you’re thinking about a new home project right now, it makes sense to put your money toward something that delivers a return on your investment. Here are some of the key points you’ll want to consider.
Always Think About Curb Appeal First
It might be tempting to focus your time and energy on the inside of your home, but the exterior is what makes the first impression. If the front doesn’t motivate and entice buyers, they might not get out of their vehicle to attend an open house.
You’ll want first to address loose shutters, peeling paint, sagging gutters, and any other issues that detract from the property’s positives. These elements show people that you’ve maintained your home well over the years.
Tackle Any Landscaping Issues
Pristine landscaping captures the eye more than any other asset your home offers. You can have a beautiful house and a terrible yard, causing people to second-guess the value of your property.
If your lawn isn’t lush and beautiful, consider hiring someone to install new sod. Most grass needs fertilizer, dethatching, aeration, and other maintenance tasks completed regularly.
You can also spruce things up by planting attractive shrubs and bushes.
Build a Patio or Deck
Since we don’t know when the pandemic will ever end at this time, it makes sense to invest in resources that allow for safe social gatherings. That means having a formal space where people can gather while maintaining appropriate ventilation and spacing.
A small patio or deck makes a lot of sense as an investment for this purpose. Even if you don’t have anyone over, you can use that space to spend time with your family.
Tackle Your Walls and Floors
A home should feel supportive and comfortable. It’s supposed to be your oasis against a storm of uncertainty. So whenmprove its value, tackling your walls and floors is a significant first step toward improving the interior.
If any wallpaper is worn or outdated, it should come down. Then, give each room a fresh coat of paint, choosing a lighter color to provide the area with some extra brightness.
Hardwood floors are better than carpeting. But, even if you need to refinish the wood, the costs are reasonable.
Try a Simple Kitchen Remodel
If your kitchen looks like it came straight out of 1985, it might be time to do a significant renovation project. But, for everyone else, a few simple upgrades are a reasonable way to upgrade the value of a home and use this critical space.
When your cabinets start looking a bit old and worn, try de-glossing them before adding a fresh coat of paint. Even a new lacquer coat can give everything some extra shine.
You don’t need to spend a small fortune on marble counters to upgrade a kitchen. Several reasonably priced options that look just as good are available today, with many materials coming from sustainable resources.
Add Recessed Lighting to Your Home
Some rooms don’t get a lot of natural light. You might even encounter a hallway that doesn’t have a fixture installed. By creating more lighting options, you can improve home safety while driving the shadows away. That makes a room look bigger.
As things return to normal, most employers expect people to continue spending more time at home. Some jobs are permanently transferring to telecommuting options. That’s why it makes a lot of sense to focus on natural lighting choices.
Even if you swap out a fluorescent fixture for LEDs, the upgrade can change how you interact with that space.
What Changes Could You Make at Home This Year?
If there’s a project you’ve been putting off around the house, now is the time to invest in yourself and your property.
The first step is to tackle anything significant that needs to get done. That means your roof, crawl space, and basement need to get shored up. Foundation repair and structural integrity issues should get managed immediately.
Let our team know if you need any help with those issues or any changes you’d like to make to turn your house into a supportive home. We can help you create the space you’ve dreamt about for so long!