Unless you are an enthusiastic DIY buff, all those odd jobs around the home tend to get forgotten. There is always something better to do than fix the cupboard door, paint the hallway or repair a leaky tap.
But due to the UK lockdown period, everyone has plenty of time on their hands to tackle all those home improvements we’ve been trying to ignore. There are no excuses, the DIY stores are now open with social distancing measures in place, so it’s time to undertake some improvements that will make staying at home a little bit easier for the whole family.
Study a new skill
Lockdown has afforded all of us the time to invest in ourselves and to learn something new. If you want to brush up your DIY skills or are a complete beginner looking for guidance, then why not sign up to an online DIY course? We think The DIY School offers a great set of online modules from plumbing and tiling to painting and decorating.
They also take you through important safety information and offer tips on sourcing tradespeople, materials and tools. Right now, the course is available for just £29, which is a huge reduction of it usual price of £238.
Brighten up your bathroom
If your bathroom has seen better days, but you don’t want the expense of a whole new bath suite in these uncertain times, there are still plenty of ways in which you can make little changes that can create a big impact.
For under £100 you can purchase a heated towel rail, a bevelled bathroom mirror, a set of modern mixer taps for your basin – and still have enough to add the personal touch with a wide choice of low-cost bathroom accessories.
You’ll be amazed at the difference a few simple changes will make. By sticking to simple chrome accessories your bathroom will feel contemporary and modern. You can always add a pop of colour with some bright towels to hang on your newly-installed towel rail.
Fix up your front door
The door to your home is the first thing visitors will see when they arrive at your doorstep. But just because we can’t have visitors right now, there is no excuse not to give your front door a make-over that will offer a warm welcome when we can finally start to socialise again.
Freshen up your front door with some old-fashioned elbow-grease and get it sparkling and complete the look with some stylish door furniture.
If your front door needs replacing altogether it’s worth bearing in mind that, according to research from Zillow, properties with a charcoal grey or black door sold for £5.2k more than expected. A worthy investment if you are looking to put your house on the market in the near future!
Liven up your living room for FREE
You’re probably spending more time in your lounge than ever before. But if you are bored of box sets and tired of the telly, you could spend your time in the living room more productively by transforming it into a welcoming space for the whole family to enjoy.
And what’s more, it won’t cost you a penny. Little things like rearranging any pictures you have on the walls or the shelves can add a fresh perspective to your lounge, especially if you move the photos from the wall behind the sofa to the wall facing the sofa – we bet you’ve not looked at them properly for ages.
Another top tip is to rearrange your shelves. Remove everything (and give all the items a good dust while you are at it) and take the opportunity to declutter as you go. Put your books and ornaments back in different positions – or swap items from room to room to display some treasures that you don’t usually see.
Repositioning your furniture is another free and fun way to get the family involved with home improvements. Even the simple act of moving a floor lamp and placing it alongside a comfy armchair and a bookshelf can signify a quiet space for reading and encourage the kids to turn off the TV occasionally.
Chalk up success in the bedroom
This is a cheap, fun and easy way to get your children involved with decorating. All you need is a tin of chalkboard paint and an area in a child’s bedroom to create a drawing wall.
Simply clean the area you want to paint, mask the edges to keep it neat and apply the paint with a roller. Once dry, provide the little ones with a set of chalks and challenge them to a drawing competition.
Chalkboards work brilliantly in kitchen areas too, providing a handy area to jot down your shopping list or important dates and messages for the family to remember.
Know when to call in the professionals
DIY and home improvements can provide an entertaining way to keep yourself occupied whilst spending so much time at home, but it’s also important to know when to call in a professional tradesperson.
If you have issues with gas appliances or boilers, electricity or water supply then it’s time to call in the pros!
Burst pipes or a broken boiler are a hassle at any time, but during lockdown it can add an extra level of stress for homeowners. However, traders are allowed to enter a household to remedy maintenance issues, providing social distancing measures are observed. If anyone in the home is self-isolating or shielding, traders should not enter the house unless the work is essential to the safety of the homeowners.