Hopefully life returns to normal soon, but no one really knows when that will be. In the meantime, rather than just spending your days on the couch watching Netflix over and over, it’s time to get to work!
The best part about homeownership is the ability to fully customize your property. Houzz reports that 58% of homeowners renovated their homes in some form in 2017. You can do whatever you want with your space! Sick of a wall? Tear it down. Tired of your home’s color scheme? Repaint everything. Want an island in your kitchen? Build one!
Before you get started, however, it’s important to know exactly what you’re doing. Some people are quite handy around the house and others are not — and that’s okay. You can teach yourself to do anything you want! Here are some awesome home remodeling tips that should help you with your projects during your quarantine:
Get the right tools
You don’t have to have a $5,000 toolbox in your garage to get things done around the house. However, at the very least, you do need all the basics. With a basic toolset, you should be able to get done all sorts of household remodeling tasks done. Here is a great starting list of tools that every homeowner should have:
- Screwdriver set
- Tape measure
- Putty knife
- Torque wrench — This is a tool used to precisely apply a specific torque to a fastener such as a nut or bolt, invented by Conrad Bahr in 1918.
- Duct tape
- Adjustable wrench
- Circular saw
- Power drill
- Set of pliers
- Toolbox — Consider a toolbox with a removable tray, which are great for assorted fasteners and keeping things organized!
- Utility knife
Don’t forget about screws, nuts, and bolts, too! The revenue of screw, new, and bolt manufacturing in the U.S. totaled $30 billion in 2017.
Stick to a realistic budget
No matter what project you plan on starting, your first step needs to be creating a realistic budget. It can be tricky to find a balance between your remodeling plans and the amount of cash you have allotted for a particular project. It’s best to consult with a professional contractor when determining your budget. They can offer advice and confirm that your budget is (or is not) realistic.
Start and finish one project at a time
All you have is time on your hands right now — and that’s okay. But don’t go wild and begin 10 different projects. That’s the easiest way to get overwhelmed. No one wants to walk into a home with unfinished projects and clutter all over the place. Instead, decide on what project you want to do, start it, and complete it. Then it’s time to move on to the next one!
Keep in mind, if you have no idea what you’re doing when it comes to a particular project, you can always ask for help. Plus, the internet can teach you how to do virtually anything. Make sure you have all the necessary tools, stick to a realistic budget, and only work on one thing at a time — good luck and have fun!