If you’re wondering how to pass the time at home as you practice social distancing or you’re looking for hands on projects to channel your energy, we have some great ideas for you! Not only do they add value to your home, they’re also easy DIY projects that will leave you feeling satisfied and accomplished.
We’ve also included some ideas that the whole family can take part in like cleaning up the garden or helping declutter spaces! As Mary Poppins says, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – snap! – the job’s a game.”
Deep cleaning is different from regular cleaning because it reaches the accumulated grime and dirt in your home. While regular cleaning is what most of us do on a daily or weekly schedule, an in-depth cleanse ramps things up a notch. Namely, because it tackles dirt and grime that often sits there for months on end. And in this time of viruses and global pandemics, it is always a good idea to be overly cautious.
Deep clean the surfaces of your home paying special attention to the areas such as shower and bath tub enclosures that have mildewed and no longer come clean (these may need to be recaulked or grouted). Other places to check are: behind kitchen appliances, under the sink, inside the oven, the windows (inside and outside), the curtains or blinds, and the back of your toilet. This will help with our current health scare and will give you security of knowing your home and space is clean from germs.
There are a variety of things that are out of your control when selling your home: market condition, location, price bracket etc… – but the one thing that is totally within your control and that you can really do something about, is the look and feel of your home (inside and out).
The main way to change the look of your home for FREE? Declutter.
Decluttering allows the space in your home, even when limited, to be shown to its full capacity. Allowing prospective buyers to see the true value of space and storage by seeing it neat and organized helps them to visualize their own belongings. It can go beyond closets and drawers to crowded rooms as well. Remove extra furniture from a room to hep the room feel bigger and again helps buyers visualize the space featuring their own furniture.
Yard Clean up
The very first thing people see when they drive past, or up to your home, is your front yard and entrance. Your front yard is what sets the tone for your whole home, and if it doesn’t look good, most people might expect the same from the rest of the home.
We suggest spending some time on side and backyards as well. An easy task that children can take part in is combing through the yard to remove weeds or setting up a small garden. Same rules apply whether you have a small yard or a large one plus front walkways, decks, and back patios. A quick sweep of any loose dirt and leaves instantly improves the appearance of any outdoor space.
Repair Small Items
Where to Start? Make a list of everything that’s defective, broken, or worn out. Tighten up the creaky floorboards, repair or replace any doorknobs that don’t function correctly, add lubricant to squeaky door hinges, replace burnt out light bulbs or light fixtures that don’t work, tie up the loose ends on any other home improvement projects you’ve been working on.
If you are planning on listing the house soon, minimum improvements to consider making before selling your home include patching holes and cracks in the walls and ceilings. However, know that buyers might wonder what else in the home has been neglected if they spot problems or malfunctioning systems as they tour your home.
One of the easiest ways to update your home is by swiping on a fresh coat of paint. No matter which room you’re in — the bedroom, kitchen, or bath — adding a new color to your walls or furniture is a cheap and commitment-free way to make an eye-catching change. Not looking to make a chance but you have some paint on hand? Touch up the walls or baseboards and other areas that see wear and tear and scuff marks over the years. If you need some help picking out colors, take a look at the best paint colors for 2020 from Good Housekeeping