2021: Our Top Five Home Improvement Tips

Home interior with table and chandelierThroughout this year, we offered plenty of suggestions surrounding topical questions and common trends for residential projects. Here are our top five home improvement tips of 2021:

Taking on Projects during COVID-19

While much of the world was on pause during COVID-19, home renovations were booming in early 2021. Much of the advice that we provided back in March for planning projects during the pandemic still applies today, including:

  • Securing a contractor in advance and ensuring you communicate with them on the exact details and specifications of the project.
  • Checking on the availability of materials as some homeowners and contractors are still being forced to put projects on hold because of a lack of supplies.
  • Getting permits or inspections in advance to allow your town or city ample time to respond.

Investing in Relaxation

Your home is your own private sanctuary, and 2021 was a stressful year for many. That’s why it’s still important for you to invest in relaxation, which may be accomplished through small projects like painting or creating a tranquil hideaway. Cool colors like purples, blues and blue-greens have a calming effect, appearing to recede and increase the space of a room. The same could be said for a fire pit or a newly constructed deck—creating an outdoor space to experience nature and ease tension is a must for anyone interested in peace and quiet.

Using the Right Tool for the Job

The first step to ensure you’re using the right tool for the job is identifying your need. You can follow these helpful tips to avoid injury or damage:

  • Don’t use worn-out or dull tools: a blunt point or dull blade can lead to an injury.
  • Don’t use tools for inappropriate purposes: if you frequently use a screwdriver as a chisel, it may no longer work for its intended purpose.
  • Always operate the tool in a direction away from your body to help avoid cuts or broken bones.

Incorporating the Colors of the Year

Earlier this year, Pantone announced not one, but two colors of the year. “Ultimate Gray” is a medium gray hue that represents strength, resilience and dependability while “Illuminating” is a cheery yellow meant to spark creativity, warmth and happiness. We provided these tips to incorporate these colors into your home:

  • Start small: Try out the colors with small updates like throw pillows or blankets.
  • Use them in your kitchen: Ultimate Gray is a timeless neutral that looks great on cabinets while adding yellow to your table, chairs or flatware can add brightness.
  • Brighten your front door: Either color could work here for a front door depending on the color of your home.
  • Bring it outside: If you are redoing your deck, go with gray stain or materials for a modern look. Incorporate yellow with an umbrella or cushions.

Replacing Your Windows

Is it time to get new windows? We provided you with the top three signs that it’s time to upgrade:

  • Damage and rot: If your windows are letting in pests or moisture, you should replace them as soon as possible.
  • High utility bills: Have your bills gone up unexpectedly? Your windows may be leaking air in or out, affecting your heating and cooling bills significantly.
  • Lack of functionality: If opening, closing or cleaning your windows is a struggle, you’ll be amazed by the ease new windows offer.

While 2021 wasn’t exactly the year most of us expected, it was a great time to work on home improvement projects. No matter the year or season, we’re here to help you make the most of your home, so contact us with any questions about our projects or services to get started.