5 Ways to Improve the Look and Feel of Your Home Post-Pandemic

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For almost two years, the home has been the center of the universe for most people. Only now, with the increase in COVID-19 vaccine availability, are people beginning to enjoy a bit of normalcy.

Sure, you may have spent most of your time at home binge-watching Netflix and learning how to bake sourdough bread, but you may have also had a chance to notice the little things around your house that bother you. Now that you’re ready to clear the cobwebs, it's time to tackle those projects that are sure to increase your home's value and make it look and feel better inside and out. Carey Scott of Prestige Property Brokers explains how. 

1. Add Some Pizazz

Nothing is more boring to look at than a plain white wall. Walls painted a single color, even a bright and cheery shade, can start to feel stale after a while. For added fun and the perfect statement for any room, consider peel-and-stick wallpaper. Not only can you change the entire style of a space, but you can easily change it again or move it around without having to go through the frustrating removal process of traditional wallpaper. If you have a certain pattern in mind that you can't find anywhere, there are print-on-demand options that you can customize, and your personalized design will never be out of stock.

2. Overhaul the House's Exterior

Changing the entire exterior of your house may seem like a pipe dream, especially if you don't have a big budget. However, if you have brick, stucco, or aluminum siding, you can paint your house to get a completely different look. While hiring a professional can be the best option for those less into DIY projects, you can paint your own home if you have a high-quality sprayer that you're familiar with using.

3. Grow Your Own Food

According to research, many people find joy and satisfaction in growing a garden. There is nothing quite like the magic of planting a seed, watching it grow, and eating the fruits of your labor. If you don't have a garden yet, this is one project that you should try out. You can get the whole family involved, and you may even get your kids to eat more vegetables if they've been involved in planting and caring for them.

4. Rearrange Your Life

If your budget limits your project options, consider a room or furniture swap to freshen up your home without spending any money. Switch bedrooms if you're feeling extra ambitious, or simply rearrange your living room furniture. Either way, the change can help get you out of any funk you've been experiencing after being stuck at home so much.

5. Hire Professional Cleaning Services

You don't have to go out and buy all new furniture just to refresh the look and feel of your home. Instead, have a professional cleaning service give your place a deep cleaning. It can be draining to be in a home that feels cluttered or dirty. Paying someone else to do the job can make you feel extra special, and you may enjoy the results more when you don't have to do the work yourself.

After a big cleaning is a great opportunity to create labels to organize your life. Using a free online tool you can make great looking labels to organize your pantry, office, or garage.

The Big Stuff

Making changes like these can be relatively simple and cost-effective. If you have bigger plans in mind, however, such as a kitchen makeover, a backyard redo, new flooring or even refinishing your basement, these are tasks that will require dedicated professionals to bring your visions to life. As we all know, the larger the project, the more expensive it is.

With this in mind, have a plan for how you can pay for these enhanced upgrades. For many people, the best choice is a home refinance. It’s pretty simple. You essentially replace your current loan with a new one, and in doing so access some of the equity in your home. The cash you pull is then available for you to put toward your remodeling. Right now is a good time to refinance since rates remain low. You may even find that you’re able to lower your mortgage payment.

Now that people are venturing out and entering reality once again, it's time to refresh the home. Try one or all of these projects and see how you feel in your revitalized space!

This article is brought to you by Carey Scott of Prestige Property Brokers, born and raised in the Columbus, GA/Phenix City, AL area so I have the personal experience to serve you in your real estate needs here. I’m from here, live here, went to high school here, go to church here, my family lives here, and I work here so I take pride in the area. I would love to assist anyone with any needs in this area. For more information, please contact me today!

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