Ready to tackle home improvement projects now that you finally have some time? 5 tips

For some, quarantine time means ‘tool time!’

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So, has anyone in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic tried to turn into Bob Villa, or that fictional TV character, Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor?

More time at home has turned into more of an opportunity to do various home improvement projects, although that sometimes can be dangerous.

Scott Frankel, co-president of Frankel Building Group in Texas, offered five tips for those who are currently attempting or about to start home renovation projects while quarantined.


Think maintenance.

“Our advice is to focus on maintenance over additions,” Frankel said. “People are trying to find something exciting and something interesting. When they do that, they are thinking about expanding the home. Right now, we think the idea should be to keep things super simple.”

Examples of tasks that Frankel said people should be focused on are cleaning gutters, changing light bulbs, cleaning fans, cleaning shower and bath fixtures, simple plumbing jobs or the installation of a camera system, which has become more affordable lately.

“That’s what people should be focusing on right now,” Frankel said. “Things that are low-cost. They aren’t things that are going to necessarily wow your neighbor, but they need to be done.”


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