During this difficult time of COVID-19, people are having to self isolate, social distance and stay away from their usual place of work. Being stuck in doors isn’t great for your mental health, furthermore it’s not too long before the self isolation boredom sets in. So, how can you keep yourself busy during the Corona-virus pandemic whilst still adhering to government guidelines and not leaving the home? In this home improvement guide we explore 15 simple home improvement projects and tasks you can get done without having to break any government rules and still keep yourself busy.
Our List of 15 Simple Home Improvement Projects and Tasks to Save You From Boredom
- Clean Your Windows Inside and Out
- Clear Out Your Gutters and Clean Your So-fits
- Jet Wash the Driveway and Patio
- Do some Basic Garden Cleanup and Maintenance
- Do Some Basic Garden Landscaping
- Get Read for the First Summer BBQ
- Do the Pre-Summer House Deep Clean
- Defrost the Freezer and Clean the Fridge
- Detail the Cars
- Tidy Out and Organize the Garage
- Tidy Out and Organize the Shed
- Tidy Out and Organize the Home Office
- Clear Out Your Wardrobes
- Give that Room a Fresh Lick of Paint
- Small Repairs and Maintenance Tasks
15 Simple Home Improvement Ideas & Projects You Can Tackle
A lot of people have a window cleaner to clean their windows, however during this time not all window cleaners are still able to operate their businesses, and it won’t take too long before your windows start to build up grime, particularly if you live in a built up area. Nevertheless, even if you are still having a window cleaner, very few people have the insides of their windows cleaned as well as the outsides, so now is your chance to get the insides looking sparkling and fresh. Even if you don’t have any window cleaning solution, such as Windowlene, two cloths and a bucket of warm soapy water will do the job.
Cleaning sofits is an important job to keep the overall curb appeal of your house looking good, most window cleaners will do this for you as an extra job but will often charge between £110 – £180 for a full sofit clean and this is really something that you can do yourself with a bucket & sponge, a ladder and the help of a family member. However, the cleaning and clearing of guttering is less of an aesthetics job to improve the look of your home, but more of a necessity to prevent guttering from becoming clogged up and then overflowing onto the roof and down the exterior walls of your home. Leaving guttering to overflow can cause exterior brick damage, foundation damage, roof damage and a whole host of interior problems as a result. Our gutter cleaning cost guide has a full breakdown of costs you’re going to be able to save by doing this yourself.
If you have a jet wash lying around then this might be the right time to get it out and clear that winter mold, residue and dirt of the patio and the front driveway. Driveway cleaning costs will usually cost about £150 – £550, depending on the expanse of area you need to be cleaned. Be aware though, jet washing can bring up bitumen quite easily, so if you have a jet wash then be sure to use the collect “gentle” nozzle for cleaning.
Now that the weather is improving and warming up, it might be your chance to get out into the garden and do some general clearing up and maintenance from the winter period. This includes things such as:
- Cutting the lawns
- Lawn strimming
- Pruning and trimming the trees and conifers
- Feeding the lawn with spring lawn food (can be ordered online)
- Raking and removing dead leaves from the floor
- Doing some basic garden landscaping (see below)
Whenever people think of landscaping they think of big diggers, skip hire, expensive contractors and a complete transformation of the look of their garden. However, whilst garden landscaping can include all of these things, big improvements can be made with some simple DIY landscaping:
- Lawn edging and shaping – Shaping of the lawn edge can be achieved using a “half moon” spade, or if you don’t have access to one a normal spade will often do the trick. You can add a very well defined and sharp edge to the lawn, as well as shaping it with undulations rather than just boring straight edges
- Seeding and bulb planting – Planting bulbs and sewing seeds is a great long term landscaping task, you won’t see instant results but over time the garden will grow color and empty spaces will fill out with new colours and shapes.
Basic garden landscaping is cheaper compared with the cost of full garden landscaping, but it can be just as satisfying.
Whilst it is not currently acceptable to have family members or friends around for a gathering, you will be able to sit with those that live in your home (social distancing accepted) and enjoy some of the warmer weather in the privacy of your own back garden. So, you can:
- Clean the BBQ interior
- Clean the BBQ exterior
- Clean the BBQ grates
- Burn off the excess residue from the grill grates
Cleaning the house is something most people do every week, however how often can you honestly say that you do a real deep clean? This involves:
- Moving out the sofa
- Moving out all pieces of furniture
- Turning over all the cushions
- Taking down and washing curtains
- Cleaning the tops, sides and bottoms of the skirting board
- Cleaning light switches and plug sockets with anti-bacterial wipes
- Cleaning of hard floors
- Polishing and wax treating all hardwood furniture
- Shampooing carpets and soft furnishings
- Cleaning the insides of your windows (see above)
This list is not endless, but a deep clean is really the type of clean you don’t do every week and will probably take you a day to a day and a half to complete throughout the home.
Defrosting the freezer is required around once every year, this is to prevent ice becoming too thick which can cause the freezer to run less efficiently, the drawers to stick and food to become freezer burnt. It’s a big job and will require the use of cool bags and ice blocks to keep any food frozen that you take out the freezer whilst defrosting it. However, once it’s done the difference is immediately satisfying.
If you don’t have time to fully defrost the freezer, then simply cleaning the fridge and freezer interior is a good start, removing any bacteria as well as disposing of unwanted food and aiding date rotation.
It’s not really a “home improvement project”, but it’s a project you can do at home whilst in isolation. How often do you properly clean your cars? The answer is probably not that often. Now is your time to properly detail your car inside and out and make it look almost as good as new. Detailing a car is more than washing it, it’s a thorough step wise process will removes dirt and crime in the correct way, as well as protecting the paint from future damage. There is a great car detailing video on YouTube which will help you get started.
Clearing out and organizing the stuff within the garage might involve you disposing of, recycling, donating or even selling some of your unwanted stuff. Clearing out the garage should be about de-cluttering and making the most of the space you have.
Tiding up the shed, just like with the garage, is about making the most of the space you have.
Tiding out the home office and de-cluttering will make you work more productively and give you a sense of satisfaction, as there is nothing worse than being surrounding by junk and clutter when you’re trying to work.
Start with the desk, move on to the book case and shelving. Be strict and don’t hoard. You’ll be surprised at how satisfied you feel when this is completed.
Wardrobes are a place where people hoard stuff which they don’t need. The floors and shelves of the wardrobes maybe full of stuff that you didn’t realize you had. Well, the spring is the best time to have a good clear out. Pick that wardrobe you don’t go into very often, this is usually the one in the spare room, pull out all the clothes or items you haven’t worn or used for more than a year and dispose into a bag. We usually recommend 1 bag for the bin and 1 bag for recycling or charity shops.
Then, move onto your next room and keep doing until every wardrobe and chest of drawers in the house has been cleared.
Finally, we all have tins of paint in the garage, well now it’s time to freshen up that room where a few marks have appeared on the walls or where the paint is looking a little worse for wear. There’s no need to go out the house, use the paint you have and freshen up that room. The cost of painting a room can run into the hundreds, so save yourself some money this spring and do it yourself.
Small repairs and maintenance tasks are things which everyone puts off for a rainy day, a rainy day that usually never comes. Whether it’s freshening up of tile grouting, hanging a picture frame, hanging a mirror, repairing a dripping tap, repairing a window catch or putting up a coat hook. There are many jobs we all leave. So, make yourself a list and work your way through that list one by one, you’ll be amazed how much you can achieve if you write it down and stick to it.
Whether you’re self isolating, working from home, social distancing or just happen to be off on leave during this challenging time, there are many simple projects you can do to keep you busy, some of which you probably hadn’t even thought off.