3.23.20

9 low-cost home improvement projects to do when you’re bored

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Tackle these often-neglected tasks now that coronavirus has confined you to staying home.

We Michiganders are spending a lot more time at home since the coronavirus pandemic hit. Time that used to be spent commuting, working, chauffeuring kids, gathering with friends or going to classes is suddenly freed up. Here are some often overlooked home improvement projects you can do when you get bored; most can be done in just a few hours.

  1. Install a programmable thermostat — Choose a unit you can control from a keypad or a higher-tech version that links to an app you can control from your smartphone. Either way you’ll save on heating and cooling bills.
  2. Go crazy for caulk — Caulk is one of those things we take for granted, and it’s easy to overlook when it starts to deteriorate. Even if you think you know how to do this task, read this tutorial on how to caulk like a pro.
  3. Clean gutters — No one really likes cleaning gutters, but it’s one of those things that have to be done to make sure water gets moved away from your home’s foundation. If you’re really bored, here’s how to make your own gutter-cleaning tool from PVC pipe that will allow you to remove gutter debris safely from the ground.
  4. Cheer things up with paint — Touch up the trim, paint one wall in a stunning accent color or paint old furniture. Check out this painting guide before you get started.
  5. Change the HVAC filter — You and everyone in the house will breathe easier.
  6. Upgrade your kitchen and bath hardware — Drawer pulls, knobs and handles go a surprisingly long way toward freshening your cabinetry. And, this is one project that requires minimal handyperson skills – all you need is a screwdriver.
  7. Install energy-saving LED lights — If you’re not sure which bulbs to choose, read our guide.
  8. Replace old shower heads — Shower heads that are covered in mineral deposits interfere with water flow. Installing a new one is pretty straight-forward. Watch how to do it.
  9. Organize your garage — Having your tools accessible makes every home and yard task go more smoothly. Discover garage storage ideas that declutter and delight here.

Still bored? Check out This Old House, one of our favorite sources for home improvement inspiration.

Consumers helps more than 1,000 members finance land, first and second homes, and home improvement projects each year. We’d love to help you with a mortgage or home equity line of credit. Call us at 800-991-2221. We’re here to help you get the home of your dreams!

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