5 Tips for Giving Your Home a Post-Pandemic Refresh
Spring is the most popular time for refreshing the home after being cooped up over the winter. However, with many people being required or choosing to shelter in place over much of the past year, this annual ritual may be more important now than ever. These five tips from Code of the West Real Estate will help you give your home a post-pandemic refresh.
1. Change up Your Walls
If you are literally tired of staring at the same four walls, change things up. You can completely transform the look of your room without a lot of time and effort by adding or changing wallpaper. Whether you want to wallpaper the whole room or just an accent wall, there are thousands of options to choose from.
Designs range from fun and quirky to elegant and everything in between. If you want a design that is uniquely you, consider ordering print-on-demand wallpaper. You can choose from hundreds of pre-made designs or create your own and you won't have to worry about it being out of stock.
If you are concerned that putting up wallpaper will be too much of a hassle, consider peel-and-stick options. Peel-and-stick wallpaper comes with an adhesive backing that makes it easy to apply or remove.
2. Give Your Home a Deep Clean
According to survey results, 91% of Americans engage in spring cleaning, with about 76% taking part every year. The most cited reason is to give their houses the thorough cleaning it needs, though de-cluttering and removing allergy triggers also made the list. If you're thinking of relocating, a deep clean is a good first step for getting your home ready for sale.
Typical spring cleaning tasks include washing your pillows, comforters and blankets; cleaning your mattress; washing your curtains; cleaning your ceiling fans; and scraping the gunk off your oven door. Deep cleaning your entire house is a big chore, but you don't have to do it all in one go. Break the process up into smaller chunks that you can accomplish over a long weekend.
3. Change Your Window Treatments
Heavy drapes are great for blocking out chilly winter drafts, but changing them to something more flowy and bright can give your home more of a summertime look. Consider white or pastel colors that go well with your new wall coverings. You may also want to upgrade your shades or blinds to deal with the summer sun.
4. Reupholster Your Furniture
After a year of the family working, learning and hanging out on the couch, it may be in dire need of some TLC. If you aren't ready to spring for new furniture, consider re-upholstering your existing furniture instead. This not only gives you the chance to eliminate the stains and odors that come with hard use but provides an opportunity to choose colors and designs that freshen up your space and match your other upgrades.
5. Buy Some New Art
Mixed-media and 1970s retro art are popular right now, so if you have always wanted a velvet Elvis, now is your chance to be on-trend. However, with options ranging from kitschy folk-art to museum-quality paintings, art gives you the chance to express your own style.
This past year has been a challenging one. Refreshing your home can help you refresh your mindset and prepare to transition into your new normal. And if you’re thinking of selling, contact Code of the West Real Estate for stellar customer service from your neighborhood experts.