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Pandemic & Boredom Inspires DIY Home Improvements

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How are you staying busy around the house during the pandemic? Are you climbing the walls, like me? Well, now might be the perfect time to find a Do It Youself project! Not every household improvement or repair requires a pro. So give yourself some credit, you may discover that you are more capable than you really think, and certainly you should have the time on your hands now, with fewer options as far as "safe" activities outside of the home. And, just think of the money you might save by going it alone. Maybe through sweat equity you can even increase your home's value. 

What deferred maintainence have you been putting off because you have thought twice about letting a repairman into your home? You just never know where those guys have been or what they were exposed to, no matter what precautions they might take. Did you know that you can google almost any mind boggling task to find a YouTube video offering tutorials? Sometimes there are even people you can call on to help walk you through a repair. Last week, I called an appliance manufacture to help troubleshoot a quick fix on my own. Yay me! 

Aside from some needed repairs that come up around the house, there are many DIY home improvement projects that are easier than you might think and can save you lots of money if you have the time and can muster up the energy. If you are a homeowner, there is no better way to utilize this time right now, by keeping yourself busy with projects around the house. You don't have to be mechanically inclined.

In every home, there is always an easy project that can be conjured up. Start small and easy. Make a commitment to busy yourself around the house by paying close attention to the details. What can you improve on? Instead of sitting around gaining pounds because the gym is closed or there are mandated restrictions that keep you away, instead you can gain "sweat" equity just by staying active while tending to your home. Let this take the place of the excercise you might need and it will give you a new focus to keep from consuming those extra calories that come out of boredom. The ultimate cure to all that ails a homeowner during a pandemic might just be a DIY project.

Where do you start? First on my own to-do list is a paint job that I've been putting off. Have you ever gotten an estimate from a professional painter? That will motivate you! Painting your home is cheap and it's easy to do yourself. A fresh coat of paint could go a long way in keeping you busy and active, while sprucing up your home. One room at a time, you have the ability to brighten up your environment and add value to your biggest investment. Imagine turning a dark or dull home into a sunlit one. It's a mood changer, and we could all benefit from that righ now. Light and airy walls and decor are trending. The vibe can change the overall appeal of your home in the future when it's time to sell. Aside from the value that you can add to your home and physical activity of a DIY project (like painting), the temporary focus can be mentally therapeutic and the end result is so gratifying. 

Another place I like to be right now is outside, while the weather allows it. How's your home's curb appeal, on a scale of 1-10? Be honest with yourself. A landscaping project can also add value to your home if it improves the overall curb appeal. Even if you don't plan on selling your home any time soon, the exterior improvement will boost your sense of pride, especially if you can say you did it yourself. Anybody can dig a hole, mix around a little top soil and pop some plants into the ground. Sure, it's grunt work, but as laborious as it seems, it's easy and so worth the effort when you step back to see the final result.  

These are just a few ideas to begin to motivate and inspire you to get off that couch, step away from the TV and limit your trips to the fridge. I like to find ways to keep moving and mentally engaged. Don't you? So, look around the house, and you may find many things that will keep you busy during the pandemic months ahead as we wait this out at home. As a real estate agent, I can't wait to see the quality of the homes that are listed in the months ahead now that everybody has time to tackle all the little details that usually go unnoticed. 

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Carol Culkin - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson for ReeceNichols Real Estate, is your source for real estate in Overland Park and the bordering cities of Leawood, Olathe, Mission, Miriam, Lenexa and Shawnee, Stillwell and Spring Hill. Carol has been ranked as an award winning agent and offers her clients over 10 years of real estate experience.


Member of National Associations of Realtors®, Member of Kansas Associations of Realtors®, Member of Kansas City Regional Associations of Realtors®, Member of Heartland Multiple Listing Services, Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Red Cross Volunteer - Greater Kansas City Chapter, Supportor of Cross-Lines Community Outreach.


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Overland Park, KS 66210

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Comments (7)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Carol, since the first of May when we were again allowed to show, it has been busy, but still have gotten a couple of things done here.

Jul 30, 2020 01:03 PM
Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

Projects have been my saving grace throughout quarantine. And they really lift my spirits when completed. Thanks for posting.

Jul 30, 2020 01:32 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I certainly understand the correlation between boredom and innovation @Carol Culkin. Fortunately here in ND very few business are/were forced to close and there have been NO stay at home orders.

Jul 30, 2020 01:38 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for following my blog. Your comments are always welcome.

Jul 30, 2020 03:34 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Carol - regardless of the reason, home improvement can be good for the homeowner and the community.  

Jul 30, 2020 05:02 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was going to reblog this post but the option was not available.

Jul 31, 2020 04:46 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


You certainly have an ambitious outlook here. However, your list does bring a smile to my soul for I sold my house a while back and now rent. NO CHORES YEAH, cheers cvc

Jul 31, 2020 08:23 AM