With people self-isolating in their homes due to COVID-19, many are looking for projects to keep them busy. If you have one of our custom homes, but you’ve been neglecting your home maintenance, this time at home provides you the chance to catch up. If you live in an older home or are planning a major renovation, there might be a few things you can do yourself that will instantly improve the feel of your home.
If you have a Made to Last Custom Home, you would have received a Home Maintenance Manual upon completion of your build. In it, you will find a copy of your New Home Maintenance Schedule near the end of the manual. We have sorted your home maintenance into monthly, spring, summer, winter and fall, to make your tasks easier to tackle. With spring right around the corner, now is a great time to pay some special attention to the exterior of your home. Cleaning your gutters and downspouts, cleaning your windows, and checking your roof for defects are great places to start. If you need assistance with the maintenance of your custom home, we at Made to Last are here to help and we’d love to hear from you. If you have not yet built with Made to Last, don’t worry, you can download a copy of our home maintenance schedule here. While designed for our custom homes, our schedule provides a detailed list that will help extend the life of your current residence.
DIY Home Improvement
March has always been a popular time for people to start considering home renovations, with winter thawing, and the idea of sunny days in the not-so-distant future. But with COVID-19 bringing financial uncertainty for many, the idea of tackling the major renovation project of your dreams might have to be put on hold. However, there are many small projects you can tackle yourself around your home, that can bring big changes.
1. Re-Paint a Room
One of the simplest changes you can make to a room that will have the most dramatic impact is to change the colour of your walls. If you have a room that is looking tired, dated, or dark, re-painting the walls could bring your room back to life. At Made to last, we often use Cloverdale paint in our custom homes. They have some great information on their website to help you get started on transforming your space.
2. Update Kitchen and Bathroom Hardware
While this small change might seem time-consuming, it can go a long way in updating and improving the look of your home. This could also be a home maintenance item for you if you have a knob or handle that has broken or come loose, and you haven’t had time to fix or replace it.
3. Paint Your Kitchen Island or Bathroom Vanity
This is a great home improvement technique that is affordable with a dramatic result. Try going bold and giving your kitchen island a pop of colour, like this home renovated by Made to Last.
4. LED Light Bulbs
If you are looking for a low-cost home improvement idea that will also save you money, changing all the lightbulbs in your home to LEDs is the way to go. LED bulbs are more efficient than traditional fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. LEDs are 80% more efficient and 95% of the energy they use is converted to light, with only 5% converted to heat. LED bulbs also last up to six times longer than traditional bulbs.
5. Install Smart Switches
Light switches are probably one of the features of your home that you never think about, but changing out your old switches for smart switches is a great way to improve your home. Smart switches let you control your home from anywhere, whether you are at work, in bed, or anywhere in-between. If you’re a tech-savvy person, this is also a great place to start if you dream of turning your house into a smart home.