Home Improvement During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Are you stuck at home, staring at the same four walls day after day? For many, the Covid-19 lockdown has been a time when all those neglected DIY projects have finally seen the light of day. Some enthusiasts have revelled in the chance to concentrate on doing up their homes – while for others, the extra time in the house has simply made it harder to ignore the irritation of a dripping tap, overgrown garden or outmoded colour scheme.
It’s likely that most of us will continue to spend lots of time at home as the pandemic continues. So, read on for tips on how to make the best of those four walls – whether you’re doing it yourself, or getting the experts in for a makeover or renovation.
Top tips for dazzling DIY
Since March this year, DIY sales have surged, but if you still haven’t got around to any home improvements, here are some ideas on easy ways to transform your living space:
- Update your look. Bring your interiors bang up-to-date with the very latest in home décor trends. You can create a totally different ambience with just a few key items and colours.
- Give your walls the wow factor. Wall decals are a cheap and cheerful way to create an eye-catching focal point in any room. Alternatively, think outside the box and apply your decals to your headboard, shelves or even your staircase, for a totally unique and individual look.
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- Breathe new life into your outdoor space. It’s amazing what a difference a little TLC can make. Take the chance to power spray the patio, clear out the garden shed, and repaint exterior doors and window frames.
Get creative and think outside the box – these home decor stencils are perfect for transforming patio areas!
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- Transform your kitchen. You don’t have to spend a fortune on brand new units. Instead, refresh your cupboards by sanding them down and repainting or varnishing them. A set of new tiles or splashbacks will complete your kitchen nicely – or if that seems like too much effort, regrouting your tiles is a great way to make them look like new.
Big building projects
Maybe you’ve had enough of working from the kitchen table and need a dedicated office space. In that case, it may be time to call in the contractors to build an extension or convert your loft.
Here are some things to bear in mind if you’re having building work done during the pandemic:
- Check your contractor is Covid-secure. Ask your contractors what measures they are taking to keep everyone safe while they work – the Government has provided clear guidance for those working in construction. At Abbey Partnership, we are continuing to operate successfully under a strict no contact policy and are currently starting new contracts without risk to both homeowners and Abbey staff.
- Don’t shake hands! Welcome building workers into your home at a safe distance.
- Keep it clean. Think about the areas where your contractors will be working during the day, and any other surfaces they’ll touch, such as door handles and banisters. Make sure these are cleaned before and after each shift.
- Stay ventilated. Keep windows open in areas where your builders are working.
- Protect yourself and others. If you’re shielding, or if you have symptoms of Covid-19, you can’t invite others into your home. Check the latest Government advice on coronavirus if you’re unsure.