Upgrades around the house will not only add value to your property but also make day to day living in your home more enjoyable. When you’re spending more time at home, practice social distancing with home improvement projects.

These DIY improvement projects are simple upgrades that can be done in a day or a weekend. Here are a few inexpensive suggestions to keep you busy while you’re spending more time at home.

Social Distancing: Interior Home Improvement

We all spend a lot of time in our houses, so it’s important to be comfortable and enjoy our living spaces. Even small improvements while social distancing will help us feel productive while also making our homes more cozy and efficient.

Replace Cabinet and Drawer Hardware

A simple way to update your kitchen is to replace your cabinet hardware. If you have a bit more time, remove the cabinet doors and refinish them. Freshly painted cabinets will freshen up your kitchen.

Update Your Kitchen Faucet

Small changes will improve most any space. Update your kitchen faucet with a more modern one. You don’t need a lot of plumbing knowledge to accomplish this. Turn off the water supply before beginning. In most instances, you simply unscrew the old faucet and attach a new one. For a bigger project, upgrade your sink. Add double sinks or choose a model with a deeper basin.

Install a New Shower Head

Turn your shower into a luxurious everyday spa by replacing your current showerhead with one that has an improved nozzle and an extension arm. When shopping for a new showerhead, choose a water-saving model. You’ll enjoy a great shower and save money on your water bill.

Add a Programmable Thermostat

If you don’t already have one, install a programmable thermostat. These allow you to adjust the temperature in the house automatically, which will help save on your electric bill. A new thermostat is simple to install and not very expensive.

Social Distancing with Home Improvement: Exterior Projects

Improvements and upgrades to the exterior of your home will help increase property value and boost curb appeal. Work to beautify the outside of your home while you’re social distancing.

Update Your Exterior Light Fixtures

Add solar lights along your driveway, use them to illuminate your walkway, and install them around the deck or patio. Purchase new exterior light fixtures and replace the ones outside your front and back doors. If you decide not to buy new fixtures, give your current ones a boost with a coat of spray paint. Spray paints are available in different textures or metallic colors to spruce up your outdoor fixtures.

Social Distancing with Home Improvement: Start a Garden

You can easily add a garden to your yard or patio. The project isn’t costly or time-consuming. Research online to learn how to build a planter box or you can purchase one that is already made.

Install window boxes outside kitchen windows to start a herb garden. Choose a small area of the yard that gets sufficient sunlight and create a small space for plants there. You can also add pots and planters on your patio to grow vegetables or brightly colored flowers.

Clean Your Deck or Patio

As the days are warming, you and your family will be spending more time outside on the deck or patio. Get it ready by pressure washing the area. If the deck is looking dull, apply a stain or waterproofing product to protect it from the elements.

There are a variety of possibilities when it comes to home improvement projects that you can tackle while social distancing. Choose upgrades that will add value and make your home more comfortable and enjoyable.

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