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What to Consider When Renovating Your Home During These Challenging Times

ByDave Stopher

Jan 19, 2019 #Coronavirus

Most people have been sheltering in place for the past several months. And like most homeowners, you probably found a few things in your home that no longer ticks your boxes. Aside from the necessary repairs and due maintenance tasks, the thought of renovating may have already crossed your mind. But with everything that is going on these days, is it the right time to start investing in a home renovation?

In many countries and states, many consider home construction and remodeling as an essential business during the crisis. The number of home improvements and renovations increased during the pandemic. Taking into account the following considerations can help you make a decision when it comes to your home renovation.

What Projects Are Worth Tackling Mid-pandemic?

During these challenging times, there is a need to check what projects are worth prioritizing before you commit. Aside from improving the value of your home, you need to consider the things that will help boost your family’s health, comfort, and convenience. This is since experts can’t predict if we will ever be able to go back to living how we used topre-pandemic.

For instance, if you have kids, and they are now learning from home, then one project worth investing in is providing them with a private and distraction-free space to study. Are now spending more time working at home? Then a dedicated home office is always a good idea.

If you have plenty of living space in your yard, you can invest in projects that will allow you to make the best use of the available outdoor space. You can include adding a deck, improving your patio, and adding an outdoor kitchen to your list. If you have an open backyard and you are concerned about your kid’s safety when playing out in the back, then you can consider having an aluminum fence panel installed.

How Can I Make the Renovation Safe for Me and My Family?

For some homeowners, they want to tackle the renovation o their own. Aside from the budget and the amount of time needed to complete the renovation,you needto ensure the safety of your family when making a decision. This is not limited to choosing a reliable local contractor so you won’t have to renovate on your own.

You may be longing for an indoor improvement, like a kitchen upgrade. But if you have a family member living with you that is considered a high-risk during these uncertain times, then you might want to rethink your priorities. You have the option to postpone the project until things clear up or take extra precautionary measures to help reduce the health risks.

But then, in areas where the number of cases continues to rise, homeowners and contractors would often go for outdoor renovation projects. If an indoor project does not require your immediate investment, then it is best to focus on outdoor projects in the meantime. Your family’s health matters the most and it is not worth taking the risk.

What Are My Long-term Plans?

Some homeowners would jump into a home renovation only to leave their home after a few years. If you have plans to selling the house soon, then you need to sort your priorities straight. You don’t want to end up renovating your home only to regret the projects you invested in.

For instance, if you plan to move to a bigger house in the next two or three years, then thinking like an investor would be a better idea. There are ways you can tackle home renovations that will fit your current lifestyle and can boost the value of your home. Don’t get caught up in the aesthetics and think about each project’s return on investment.

If you plan on living in your current home for many more years, then consider future-proofing your home. Upgrade your decade-old systems and appliances. Think of sustainability and longevity when renovating.

It is always a good idea to expand your living space. You can start renovating an unfinished room in the house, expand a room, or convert one into a more functional space. You can also consider adding additional living space in your yard or investing in a new room to accommodate more family members.

A home renovation can be a great way to improve your and your family’s quality of life. But there are a lot of things worth considering before you renovate especially during these uncertain times. Aside from your family’s health and safety, it pays to focus on your comfort and convenience. Don’t forget about your future plans. Consider every factor involved in the renovation, and not just your wants, your budget, and desired time frame.

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