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Exeter homes get facelift during the coronavirus pandemic

David Banks
Authored by David Banks
Posted Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 8:05am

An ever-increasing number of people are investing in home remodelling projects, largely funded with the money saved from telecommuting or redirected from cancelled holidays. There’s a lot of activity in people’s properties, ranging from repurposing walk-in closets to hammering out new decks. The coronavirus outbreak, which brought normal life to a complete standstill, is urging people to grow their home equity lines. Many are willing to dig deep into their pockets to make their workplaces as comfortable as possible. Even those who aren’t confined to working at home are manifesting interest in renovation projects and engaging in a robust activity. The outcome is a boom in home remodelling that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

Why are so many people renovating in the midst of a global pandemic?

When it comes to infectious diseases, a pandemic is by far the worst thing that can happen. It can spread beyond a nation’s borders, not leaving people enough time to adapt, and destroying those it affects. The COVID-19 virus was officially declared a pandemic after ravaging 114 countries and infecting more than 100,000 people. What is concerning is that the spread isn’t over. In the UK, we’ve been placed under the highest level of COVID-19 restrictions due to the mutated coronavirus strain. It’s only normal to ask why the world is investing heavily in home remodelling given this context.

The COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t seem like the best time to renovate. On the contrary, it’s a time to seek shelter for when things get ugly. To fully understand what people are motivated by, it’s necessary to dig deep into the matter. Let’s explore some possible explanations for this surprising reno boom.

Much more time at home

During the global pandemic, we’re spending more time at home with the purpose of staying safe and preventing the spread of the infection. The increased time spent at home has forced numerous people to acknowledge basic realities. They have taken inventory of their assets and reached the conclusion that their humble abodes don’t keep them happy or healthy. A squeaky door isn’t something to fret about, yet a leaking roof is. Being 24/7 at home gives you the opportunity to notice issues that otherwise would remain obscure. As you take a look through the inside (and the outside) you suddenly understand there’s much work to be done.

Increased need for space-use versatility

Houses, which were meant to accommodate growing families, are now transformed into offices, with employers implementing work from home policies. People are making tremendous efforts to be productive from their couches. A big house can be easily converted into a workspace, but not the same thing can be said about a small home. In terms of space, there’s a problem. The result is that many Brits have resorted to building stand-alone home offices in the backyard using cement blocks, completely separated from the home. The space has a better ability to adapt to changing needs. While it may seem insignificant, concrete is a crucial part of insulation and can make a world of a difference between having a problem-free building and one that gives you headaches. If you want to learn more, seek help from a specialist.

The need to update and renovate indoor and outdoor spaces for work and more had led to a significant surge in remodelling projects, which we all know under the name of the reno boom. Technology isn’t enough to support the transition to working from home. It’s essential to make drastic changes so that the house accommodates the new needs. In other words, it’s necessary to make the home more functional.   

Is now the right time to give your home a facelift?

It’s not just a British trend, just to be clear. People from all over the world spend more time than ever on their homes, investing in furniture pieces, and planning renos. Designers and contractors are leading talks about better ventilation and air quality, helping customers keep the home cleaner. There’s no denying the fact that renovating can turn out to be challenging during these times, but it certainly isn’t impossible. With careful planning and consideration, people can keep remodelling safe for everyone involved. Things like closing the air vents, setting up temporary plastic walls, and deploying disposable booties can contribute towards worksite safety.

Adding long-term utility to the home and increasing its value

At present, homeowners are under a great deal of pressure to postpone their renovation plans. Many argue that they should revisit their goals and set future plans at unspecified dates down the line. If you’re contemplating the idea of giving your home a facelift, consider listening to your gut feeling and face the challenging issues. If you work hard enough, you can keep your renovation dream alive, yet make sure that you’re informed about safety measures. Transform your home for the new normal. In this respect, take into consideration the following suggestions:

Make your home a healthier place

There’s so much to do and so little time. Why don’t you focus your attention on making your humble abode healthier? You can live peacefully there knowing that you and your loved ones are protected against possible threats. Replace the windows to let in more natural light and enhance ventilation throughout the house to eliminate allergens. Regardless of what you’re going to do, it’s recommended to use concrete because it doesn’t feed rot or mildew. Furthermore, it ensures excellent indoor air quality.

Invest in technology that facilitates working from home

During the global pandemic, we’ve witnessed the rise of smart homes, which enable people to be productive even if they’re away from the office. Properly installed technology adds value to the property, now and in the future. Given that it’s necessary to access the Internet for data sharing, fibre optic is the perfect choice for anyone telecommuting. These days, rather than digging deep trenches to connect clients to the Internet, companies simply carve grooves into the road.

Make security upgrades

In these COVID-19 times, you also have to worry about people breaking into your home. As coronavirus cases spike, there’s been a rise in burglaries across the UK. Keeping the home safe can be done by replacing the door or building a brick wall that also adds style to the home’s exterior. The choice is yours. If security and privacy matter to you, a tall wall is the best option.

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