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Top Home Improvement Projects to Combat Quarantine Fatigue

Over the past few months, you’ve probably seen more of your house than ever before thanks to stay-at-home orders and self-quarantining. However, now you’re aware of all the problems you’ve been ignoring for a while. Rather than pushing them off even longer, use your next weekend or day off to get started on one of these home improvement projects.

Foundation Repairs

There are many indicators that you need slab repairs, including difficult-to-open doors, warped or uneven floorboards, and cracked walls. If any of these signs are present, you should have a professional inspection performed immediately. Foundation repairs are possible, but if you delay too long, your house’s value will seriously depreciate.

Appliance Replacement

It’s easy to forget that large pieces of kitchen equipment such as your dishwasher and oven are appliances, but they are. Just like your blender and coffeemaker, these tools stop working eventually. If your quarantine baking always took much longer than the recipe said or if your banana bread came out completely burned, you probably need a new oven. As for your dishwasher, signs that you need a new one include a delay in starting and dirty dishes at the end of a wash cycle. You may need to save for these major purchases, but nothing is more frustrating than kitchen equipment that doesn’t work. The investment in your peace of mind is worth it.

Floor Retiling

Tile floor looks beautiful, but unless you buy heavy-duty squares, it cracks fairly easily. This isn’t just an aesthetic issue; most tile is made of glass or another material that has sharp edges. Cracked tile floors present huge safety hazards, particularly in areas such as your shower where you frequently go barefoot. When you finally decide to retile, you can simply replace the broken squares after a trip to the hardware store for new tiles and putty. However, if you’re feeling creative, try retiling the entire floor, this time with a new design. Consider putting in a mosaic of your favorite album artwork or an inspirational quote. Experiment with different colors to create an eye-popping pattern, and remember, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Especially if you’re still under a stay-at-home order, it’s time to get to work on repairing your house. Once you’ve finished all these projects, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without completing them, and you’ll be eager for the next opportunity to tinker around your house.

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