As we watch our daily lives go from 100 to 0 in what seems like an overnight transition, you might be wondering how to fill your newfound spare time. If you are now fulfilling the roles of remote employee, parent, teacher, chef, or anything else your child needs at this time, maybe you even have less time than before.
It is so important to maintain a positive outlook, no matter what your situation is. There is always opportunity in times of crisis.
Were you considering selling before COVID-19 hit the U.S., but now have decided to wait? Don’t worry! There is very little inventory, and motivated buyers are relocating from major metro areas and are ready to buy. Additionally, stimulus packages have always followed great crises. People will have the confidence to invest their money in real estate. Plus, after being locked in their homes for a while, some predict that there will be people who feel their needs have changed.
Stuck in the house with the kiddos 24/7? Maybe that family realizes they need a finished basement. Do you have a basement that could use some dry wall and flooring, maybe some new lighting? Now would be the perfect time to tackle such a project, if you have the skillset (or the patience to learn from online tutorials!)
Have you been meaning to paint that wall that was so “in” 10 years ago, but now looks dated? Run to the home improvement store, and pick up a lovely neutral, bold navy, or some chic wallpaper for interest. Below, I’ve compiled a list of some home improvement ideas to keep you busy and prepare your house for sale for top dollar.
- Paint a wall-or 4! Color is the trend we are seeing in 2020, no more “all white everything.” My advice would be to consult a professional interior designer to create a cohesive look (or a real estate agent to see what sells!) and then move forward with your favorite suggestions.
- A fun, patterned wallpaper for a statement wall
- Navy wallcolor, with white crown molding and accents suits many home styles
- Retouch exterior trim. Over time we forget what our homes looked like when we first bought them. Fresh paint everywhere and seemingly untouched by the elements.
- Exterior facelift: New paint outside, or pressure-wash existing color to give buyers a pleasing aesthetic. Nothing is more important than a first impression!
- Landscape! Spring is the perfect time to plant some color, and a fresh, tidy landscape to welcome potential buyers will leave a lasting impression.
- Declutter, Declutter, Declutter! Being stuck at home is a great opportunity to really take inventory of what is important and necessary, and what you can live without. Are the kids no longer playing with that toy from Christmas 4 years ago? Take the time to say “adios!” If you have kids, get them involved as well (age permitting) and teach them the importance of “letting go”. A clean space is good for a clear mind.
Here are a couple of websites I enjoyed reading for some ideas. I think you’ll find a couple you love and implement into your home!