Simple, Significant Home Improvements to Prepare for Another Lockdown

NOTE: I’m posting this mid-December 2020 and we’re all hoping that the new vaccine will allow us to return to some semblance of normality but that this content will still be useful to you.

The first round of COVID-19 quarantine made many homeowners realize how much potential their homes had (and what was lacking). Now, a lot of places across the country are either locking down again or seriously considering it. So what better time than now to make improvements to your home so that you can ensure it’s the comfortable and healthy environment you want to be in if you have to stay there again for weeks on end?

From shopping at places like Furniture Works to repainting your front door to starting an urban garden, here are some practical, effective ways to breathe new life into your home in the age of COVID:

Clean, clean, clean!

When you have a lot of clutter and mess in your home, it can contribute to excessive stress, arguing, complaining, and other forms of negativity. By spending time decluttering, organizing, and cleaning your home, you can trade in the negativity for positivity — and your living environment can be the healthy, healing place it should be.

Work with your furniture.

Furniture makes a big difference in any home, and most of the time, you can transform a space by working with the furniture pieces you already have. For example, you can revive old, drab furniture by repainting or refinishing it. You can also get it reupholstered with new fabric, which is often all that a piece needs if it’s stable and you like the style, shape, and comfort. Typically, reupholstery costs somewhere around $350 to $1,000.

If you find that you need to purchase furniture, be sure to choose the right kinds of pieces. Think about what you really need on a daily basis, as well as how many guests you will be having over regularly.

Repaint the walls and front door.

Another way to quickly transform your home is to paint. If there are any spaces with bad paint jobs or you simply want to freshen up your home’s interior, throw in a fresh coat of paint on the walls. And if you want to add some pop to the exterior, paint your front door a vibrant color like red, blue, or yellow.

Update your hardware.

Are your cabinets a little outdated? Is your showerhead getting rusty? Look at all the hardware in your home and see what needs replacing. Changing out knobs, handles, hinges, faucets, and other kinds of hardware with more modern pieces can do wonders for adding appeal and convenience to your home.

Lay a new floor.

At first glance, this probably looks like a time-consuming and expensive tip. However, you can quickly transform the flooring in your space without spending a ton of money. If you have any outdated vinyl flooring, consider installing peel-and-stick tiles over it.

If you have a different kind of flooring that you want to be replaced (i.e., ceramic tile, hardwoods, laminate, etc.), you’ll probably need to remove it and install the peel-and-stick directly to the subflooring. It’s still a cost-effective option.

Add some greenery.

Lastly, bring nature inside your home by investing in houseplants. Not only can these improve the visual aesthetics of your living space, but they can also detoxify the air and yield various mental health benefits. If you want to take it a step further, start an urban garden complete with lettuce, herbs, and vegetables!

Another round of quarantine could be on the horizon. Make sure your home is prepared. Set aside time to declutter and deep clean your home, and see what kind of improvements you can make to your furniture. Throw a fresh coat of paint on your walls and front door, and change out any hardware that needs it. Lastly, look into peel-and-stick flooring, and find ways to bring some nature into your home.

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