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5 Home Improvement Jobs Anyone Can Do During The Quarantine

Updated: Aug 7

While the quarantine is still in effect here in Vancouver, here are 5 Home repairs you can do yourself.


Sometimes, home renovation, repair and redesign don't need to belong and complicated projects. All you need is several days of free time (think quarantine productivity) to make some meaningful changes around your house. The key to accomplishing this is to plan the project out beforehand to use the time for actual work.

If the project is a bit out of your depth, you should consult us or any handyman service you trust before starting any work and make sure you have them on call if something goes wrong.



Replace lights

Everyone always plans to replace their lights with the ones that will be more energy-efficient but they hardly get around to it. It’s something that only needs to be done once, since new LED lights last for years and use far less energy than the old ones this can translate into big savings compounded over time.

If replacing all of the lights at once is too costly for you, It’s best to start with the ones that are most used.



Fixtures

Most Canadians purchase older homes instead of building their own, and nowhere is this more noticeable than in used up and worn down fixtures. Take the time to replace them and you’ll notice how they make your whole home appear fresher and better maintained.

Start with light switches and electrical outlets since changing these isn’t just about the look but also about safety. You should also move on to the bathroom and replace shower-heads and old faucet handles. All of these will both look better and be easier and more comfortable to use.



Clean up

Polishing fixtures and other metal surfaces and decluttering your home may not sound like a difficult DIY project, but it will probably take you the whole weekend to do it and it will make a difference. It’s possible to do the cleaning yourself and to hire professionals to take the trash away when you’re done.

These cleaning jobs are also a chance to purge what you don’t use. It’s not necessary to throw old clothing items and furniture away, but you can consider selling or donating them to the local Vancouver Salvation army. These things tend to add up and they are always taking up space even in well-maintained homes. Remember less is more.



A paint job

A paint job is an easy DIY project that can freshen up and give new life to your home or at least to the room you’re painting. It’s not something that requires you to hire a professional, just to consult one at the local hardware store.

Have in mind that it will take a while for the paint to dry, especially in the humid Vancouver weather. If you have the time, you could do the same with window frames and doors.



Yard work

Yard work can take up many forms and there’s pretty much always something you could do in a yard. For starters, it’s important to mow and water the lawn on a regular basis. When this is done, there’s always the clean-up and machine maintenance.

It’s also useful to start preparing for the planting season which often requires planting in containers and later transferring the plants to the yard. All of these are small projects but they will take up most of your weekend once you get into them.

These easy weekend projects require little to no investments and they will improve your home. A bit of work when you have the time for it is all it takes.


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