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Top Home Improvement Ideas

If you’re like me and most other people in this country you’ve found yourself at home a lot more this past year and by the sound of things we may be stuck there a while longer. With the extended downtime, maybe a stimulus or tax refund coming in, now is the perfect time to upgrade your home. This can be to make you more productive, change the energy in your home, update the look or any reason you like. There's so many ways, big or small, to upgrade your home and I have gathered some of my favorite ideas and wanted to share them with you.


Creating a home Office

  • I’ve mentioned this before but it can’t be stated enough. Even after the pandemic is over more and more jobs that can be done from home will likely stay there. Working from home can actually increase productivity when done right. One of the first steps many recommend when working from home is having a designated work space. If you have the luxury of having an extra room to convert to a home office that’s great! If not at least find a quiet area of the house and set up a desk and turn that area into your home office. Simplicity is best when making your home office. Everything should have a purpose and that purpose should ultimately lead to increased productivity.

Painting

  • If you are looking for a less costly but still dynamic change than a fresh coat of paint can do the trick. Luckily for you, if you check out last week's blog you will see a rundown of some of the more popular interior paint colors for this year. Whether you just want to repaint a room or the entire house, it will make a huge difference. And this change isn’t that costly and isn’t permanent so if you want to take risks or try something new this is the way to do it.

Improve outdoor space

  • This is my favorite idea on the list. We all know how much time we have spent inside our homes and how restrictions have limited what we can do outside and in public. But rarely have I seen mentioned the idea of improving your outdoor living area to combat having to be cooped up all day. It’s the best of both worlds. You can be responsible and social distance at your home while still enjoying the outdoors and nature. A nice covered area with a firepit and some outdoor entertainment will drastically improve your time at home. And then when it’s safe to host again, you have a great area for your guests to enjoy.

Soundproof

  • This is another idea that I love. If you have been cooped up and don’t have the luxury of living by yourself you have probably noticed the drastic increase in noise. With families or roommates having drastically different schedules this can become a huge annoyance. Or for those working at home, productivity can be hindered significantly if you can't find a quiet area to work. That’s why many people this year are soundproofing their homes or specific rooms in order to have the quiet space and peacefully live amongst others. There are many ways to accomplish soundproofing but for a quality looking job that works I’d recommend consulting the professionals.

Sanitary Accents/Go Smart

  • Oh how times are changing. Due to (Or depending on your outlook, thanks to) the pandemic, there has been an emphasis put on cleanliness and hygiene. Thankfully in 2021 there are numerous ways to upgrade your home to achieve that goal. Many are switching to touchless faucets and lighting fixtures. Minimizing the surfaces we touch will go a long way into reducing spreading germs. Especially around sinks in the bathroom and kitchen which are heavily used. Many are using voice commands for the temperature and electronics in their homes again minimizing the touching of surfaces. Air purifiers are also seeing a large boost in sales. Video doorbells and other technology are seeing a rise as well to minimize face to face interactions that could be avoided.

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