Covid-19 strikes us with wave after wave of restrictions on movement. We have to stay confined to our homes and find it difficult to go out without any masks and protective shields on. Staying at home during the pandemic also showed us the things we have neglected while always being out. With limitless time at home (and out of boredom), many people jump onto the bandwagon of home renovation during Covid-19 restrictions.
Home renovation at a time when movements are restricted and supplies scarce can be daunting and stressful. However, that doesn’t need to be the case. With proper planning and a positive mindset, you can successfully renovate your home stress-free even when being restricted by Covid-19 rules.
7 Ways to Enjoy Home Renovation in a Pandemic
Create a Plan
A stress-free renovation all starts from creating a plan. Following a systematic approach will not only help you save time and effort, but it will make every step more enjoyable and achievable. When you create a plan, make sure that you include the following factors:
How long do you intend to take to finish the renovation? Can you extend your time frame should unexpected problems arise?
If you do the renovation yourself, you may have all the time in the world, especially since you’re always at home now. But can you get the supplies that you need? What if the supplies are lacking due to the closure of manufacturers? How long are you prepared to wait?
All these questions need to be taken into consideration. It will allow you to set a specific time frame and add an allowance should you need to extend your renovation project.
You may ask if it’s worth spending tons of cash on renovating a home during a pandemic when people are laid off from work and incomes are depressed. Well, the budget depends on what you can handle. You have to set a budget that you are comfortable with. Do not begin a major renovation if you know that you don’t have sufficient funds to see it through to completion. You wouldn’t want a half-painted wall, would you?
Renovating your home may call for you to sacrifice comfort for a bit. You have to move furniture around, and even have to deal with noise from machinery and tools. But you can also make a haven for yourself and your family while you do the renovation. Choose a room that you can convert to a relaxing space, and make it as comfortable as possible. Since spring is already here and summer is around the corner, a portable air conditioner is also a great addition to have in your comfort zone.
Know What You Want, But Be Flexible
Enjoyment comes from knowing what you want and accomplishing it. However, given the rising cases of Covid-19 and the various restrictions placed, we need to be flexible in all that we do. No one can control the virus nor the government’s decision on what services to open and close. This can affect the timeline of your renovation. Hence, you need to be patient and flexible to accommodate some changes along the way.
Research, Research, and Research
There are many things that you need to do when renovating. You may know some of them, but there is still a lot that you need to learn. So why not learn from the experience of others? Take a kitchen reno, for example. If it’s your first time doing it, you need to have inspiration for your designs. You also need to know how long it takes to renovate a kitchen when creating a timeline. Otherwise, you will find yourself clueless when the renovation starts, and this will inconveniently delay the project.
DIY or Contact a Pro
Renovation can be done two ways: by yourself or by contacting a professional. Some people think that getting a professional will cost them a lot more. Thus, they force themselves to renovate on their own. Unfortunately, this will not work if you don’t have enough skills and knowledge to renovate. Research can help, and with all the video tutorials out there, you can certainly accomplish a thing or two.
However, when it comes to more complex things such as replacing and repairing garage doors, you need to have professional help. While simple squeaks can be solved with some grease, garage doors with torsion springs need professionals when changing rollers. Doing this on your own without any experience can be dangerous.
The same thing also goes with other renovations. Assess the scale of the renovation you want to do. And if you think you can’t do it, call a pro.
Keep the Kids Away
Maybe you can’t send them to their grandparents’ house or your neighbor’s to play due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, you can still successfully keep kids away by giving them their personal space in the part of the house away from the renovation. Keep them entertained in a room with toys and learning materials so that they won’t cause any ruckus while you are undertaking your renovation goals.
Start with Minor Projects
What you want to renovate depends on you. You will have the last say on what you want to renovate – be it replacing a minor part of a roof or an entire bathroom! However, we recommend that you start with smaller projects and take it from there. Jumping on a major project without any expertise may only stress you out. Start with something minor first, get the hang of home renovation, and then gradually proceed with larger-scale projects.
Enjoy the Process!
A successful renovation does not lie on the finished project alone, but rather on how you enjoyed the journey to completion as well. Taking pride in undertaking a project and experiencing new things you wouldn’t have before is more than enough to keep you motivated. Sometimes, stress may knock on the door, but always remember that there is always a solution to every problem.
After a successful renovation, you will look back to where you started and be satisfied with what you have achieved. So, make sure to enjoy every hammer pounded, every stroke of the paintbrush, and every decoration placed – in short, enjoy the process!
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We hope you found this blog post How to Renovate Your Home Stress-Free While Under Covid-19 Restrictions useful. Be sure to check out our post How to Keep Your COVID-19 Home Renovation Project on Solid Footing? for more great tips!
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