It’s probably not a secret by now that the pandemic has super-charged the home improvement industry. At least it feels like everyone is looking to make changes to their home – many huge projects and additions. And while we are certainly not complaining, it’s important to recognize that this is happening while the supply chain simultaneously came to a near halt. As you might imagine, this is not an ideal combination!
The fact is, home remodelers and builders are busier than we have ever been and are dealing with a lot more headaches than is typical, including constantly fluctuating prices and inadequate inventory of building supplies, appliances, fixtures, and decor items. In a recent conversation with Susan, she joked, her new sales pitch goes something like “it’s gonna take longer than you think, cost more than you expect and you will be mad at me at some point when I tell you something we ordered isn’t gonna make it…still want to do it?”
Right now, it is not uncommon, Susan notes, that, “we are scheduling consultations for some larger projects that won’t start until 2023!” She admits, “that’s very unusual for us to be a year out.” But does this mean you have to put aside your desire to update your home? We don’t think so! A mini-makeover that you do on your own may be just enough to make your home more ideally suited to your lifestyle, refresh tired design trends, and just make you happy.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can give your home its own mini-makeover … without waiting until next year.
Install New Countertops – A full kitchen renovation can be very expensive and time-consuming, but simply installing new countertops can go a long way toward updating the look of your home.
Update Your Cabinets – Painted cabinetry can lend a clean, updated look to your kitchen, and offers the option to incorporate a splash of color into your kitchen without a total re-do.
Swap Out Your Backsplash – Update your backsplash with one that adds a punch of pattern or color. It’s a simple way to freshen up a kitchen and add visual interest.
Update window treatments – Whether installing blinds or shutters or simply adding new drapes to your home, updating your window treatments can make a major impact on the look of your home.
Freshen Up the Paint – Adding color with paint is the quickest way to change the look of any room in your home. How bold to go is up to you, and if you change your mind, it’s easy to cover with another color.
Update Your Lighting – Lighting is a key component in any room’s design, influencing how it looks, feels, and functions throughout the day. This means that you can dramatically impact the look of your home simply by updating your lighting fixtures.
Add Wallpaper – Gasp! We know, wallpaper can get a bit of a bad rap, but we love it! Add a unique wallpaper to an accent wall and you will dramatically change the look of the whole room.
Change Your Hardware – Whether it is changing the pulls and knobs on your cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms or updating the doorknobs and hinges on the doors throughout your home, this simple change can make a big impact.
Create a Mini-Mudroom – A seat, a shelf, and some hooks are really all you need to create a life-changing, budget-smart mudroom, even in a tiny space.
Install a New Front Door – The front door is one of the most visible parts of the house. A fairly easy and inexpensive door upgrade can make a huge difference in your home’s appearance, energy efficiency, and security.
At Epic Group, we know the home improvement industry is a little crazy, but still want to help you make your home dreams a reality. Contact us and be sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook for inspiration, or check out Susan’s Top 5 Faves to see what an epic renovation looks like and to get ideas for your own DIY mini-makeover.