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Productive Home Projects to Tackle While You’re Self-Isolating

June 21, 2021

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Productive Home Projects to Tackle While You’re Self-Isolating

Spending more time at home during the pandemic? What better time to tackle those home improvement projects that you’ve been putting off? If you have all the time in the world and little to do, get out the old toolbox and flex those DIY muscles. The best part? Many of these repair and renovation projects—updating your kitchen, finishing your basement, painting your front door—will increase your home value. If you’re looking for productive ways to spend your time in self-isolation, start with the following DIY-friendly home projects, presented by Mighty House.

Planning Repairs and Renovations

Before you start tearing out old cupboards and knocking down walls, take a step back and plan out your projects. Make sure you have the skills and abilities you need to get the job done right the first time. Hiring a pro to fix your mistakes can get very expensive! Plus, tackling complicated repair tasks could put your health and safety at risk.

It’s also important to budget for your DIY projects. You don’t want to gut your whole bathroom just to find out you don’t have the budget for a new shower. If you could use some help paying for your home renovation projects, consider refinancing your mortgage. Redfin reports that mortgage rates are low right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, so this could be a great opportunity for homeowners looking to get better interest rates and free up some cash for home repairs. Talk to your lender to discuss this possibility and find out if it’s the right move for you.

Add Color to the Walls

Painting the interior of your home is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to refresh your living space and increase your home value. All you need is a few basic tools and some paint! Before selecting paint, do some research to find out which colors are best for each room in your home. For example, The Spruce recommends a muted yellow hue to boost appetite and energy in the kitchen. Bedrooms, on the other hand, can benefit from deep blue paint to provide a sense of calm and comfort. 

If painting isn’t your thing, or you’d like to try a different color without committing to something as permanent as paint, look into removable wallpaper. Companies like Spoonflower make peel-and-stick options that allow you to easily replace whatever you don’t like. This is a good option if you want to see what works (and what doesn’t!) in a particular part of your home.

Design a Home Office

If you’re working from home because of the pandemic, this might be a great time to build a home office. You’ll find it much easier to concentrate in a dedicated workspace. Before you set up a cramped office in a windowless closet, think carefully about the surroundings that will make you feel motivated and energized. A rarely used guest bedroom will work perfectly! To keep household distractions out of your office, HGTV suggests considering the traffic flow through your home and choosing a location far away from your living room. If you’re planning to continue working from home after the pandemic and expect to meet with clients, you can also spruce up your office with some stylish lighting and refinish your wood flooring. You may also want to take care to create a professional background for any Zoom calls you’ll be holding as you work from home.

Build an Inviting Outdoor Space

Spending time outside is a great way to stave off the negative impact of self-isolation on your mental health and well-being, so consider building a relaxing outdoor living area at home. This will give you somewhere to escape to when the walls start closing in! If you don’t have a covered patio, you could build a gazebo or canopy to provide cover for your outdoor space. To make your outdoor living area a little more private, plant some shrubs or put up a lattice between you and your neighbors.

Replace Your HVAC Filter

Looking for a simple project that won’t take all weekend? This is a great time to inspect and replace your HVAC filter! Changing your HVAC filter regularly is important for ensuring the long life of your system, since dirty filters force fans to work harder, wearing out essential components and increasing your energy bills. Dirty filters are also a hotbed for mold or bacteria growth, which will introduce allergens into your indoor air.

Although you’ve likely had to give up some of your favorite pastimes during the pandemic, it doesn’t have to be all bad. Make this unfortunate situation a little better by taking advantage of your newfound free time. From building a relaxing outdoor living space to refreshing your walls with new paint, there are several ways to bring greater serenity and positivity to your self-isolation environment.

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