If you are a homeowner under quarantine or a stay-at-home order, you have two choices—give up to laziness and achieve nothing in a bad situation or work around your home and add some value that is worth real money. Although the couch, potato chips, and soda are tempting, that combination is a recipe for weight gain and depression. Instead, work on these 10 inexpensive quarantine projects that add value to your home.
- Deep clean your house and get rid of the nasty. According to realtors, the number one turnoff in selling a home is filth. An older home that is clean will sell faster than a newer home that is filthy.
- Lean out your house. Leaning out a home means getting rid of the junk and clutter. Junk and clutter devalue a home just about as quickly as filth. Open your closets and pantries and clear them out.
- Clean up your yard. Curb appeal begins with a neat, manicured yard that does not have dead bushes and debris throughout the landscaping.
- Thoroughly cleaning appliances, especially a stove, can make a kitchen come alive. Appliance paints are very durable—a little cleaner combined with effort can make them look new again.
- Did you know that most paint manufactured over the last few decades is scrubbable? Instead of buying gallons of paint, mix up gallons of cleaner and you will be amazed—with a little cleaning you can make your walls look freshly painted.
- Buy a $2 can of wall spackling and fill the holes from the nails in your walls throughout your home. Apply a cotton-swab-tip amount of touch-up paint to cover.
- A tube of caulk and a few finish nails can repair loose moulding in the home as well as areas where the moulding has separated. Moulding that has been freshened up adds appeal and value to a home.
- Make a $6 in investment in grout and caulk, and you can make icky bathtub walls come alive and add to their longevity. Other than a putty knife, patience and a wet rag are your biggest tools.
- A door that sags and drags can make a house looked distressed. In most cases, all it takes is a couple of 3-inch screws in the top hinge to draw the door level. Adjust doors to stop the dragging and sagging to add more value to your home.
- Make simple electrical repairs that you are qualified to do, such as fixing a cracked plate cover or a blown electrical bulb. Switches and receptacles with broken or missing covers can make a home seem unsafe.
Making these 10 repairs around the house costs virtually nothing; however, it does take time and effort. More importantly, you will spend less time watching the endless bad news and more time getting a real sense of accomplishment. That is a good thing during these difficult times. Plus, you will increase the value of your largest asset—your home.
Don Magruder is the CEO of RoMac Building Supply, and he is also the host of the “Around the House” Television Show which is hosted weekly on Lake Sumter Television.