5 Work From Home Essentials

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Chances are you already have your home office set up by now, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. You might have a haphazard set up that needs reorganising, or a new idea to make your work from home situation easier and more productive. In this post we look at some of the ways you can do this and how to get started. 

WiFi and Connectivity 

This is a big consideration when setting up your home office. You need a strong Internet connection that won’t let you down during important meetings and conversations. The type of router you choose and Internet deal you buy will determine how reliable it is. 

If you’re working from a studio room or multiple occupancy apartment a single router should be enough to cover the room with a solid connection. If you need to cover more rooms of the house or you have more people using it you may need more bandwidth. 

An Adequate Desk

Although working from home is usually more comfortable and convenient than a stuffy office, you’re not on holiday. It’s good to remind yourself of this by arranging a desk that’s functional and that makes you feel as if you’re at work.

These days there are several options for you to choose from. If you only need a desk for sitting a computer on then a standard one is fine; other jobs, however, might require you to stand or move around. Consider a standing desk or a lap desk for your convenience and productivity, check your computer is in good order with homuten computer repair.

Power Sources 

Working from home means more time in the house with your computer and devices on. Moreover you probably have other family members working from home too, and their devices also need to be charged. This is an issue that needs solved from the start to avoid arguments and lost clients.  

Invest in a powerstrip for your home or home office. This is a unit that has many power outlets and USB ports. It can sit in the front room or hall and act as a hub extension for all your family’s power needs. 

Tea and Coffee

It’s important to stay motivated throughout your working day and there’s no better way to do this than a tea or coffee break. Whether you like to have a hot mug of coffee at your desk or a break in a separate room it’s worth investing in a quality mug and kettle. 

You want a mug that’s large enough to satisfy your tea or coffee capacity, you don’t want to continually leave your job to boil the kettle – it’s wasteful and inefficient. Try to get a mug that also stores heat well. For a kettle it’s best to get one that’s fast boiling and eco friendly. 

Light Levels

One aspect of the home office people tend to overlook is the light levels. The lighting in your home office can affect your mood and productivity, especially in the winter. You may not want a main light on all the time, it can give you a headache over long periods of time, but if you use a lamp you need to make sure it gives you enough essential light to work with.

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Need Windows 10 But Can’t Afford It?

There is no shame in money being tight, but when you need your laptop to work from home and your Windows has crashed out on you, there’s nothing worse than being stuck on a budget. You need to work from home right now more than ever and having a slow operating system is just not ideal. You want to be able to upgrade your windows, but what are you supposed to do?

Most laptops and desktops come with Windows built right in, and the price for that operating system is likely factored into what you paid for the laptop in the first place. So, if you pay for a cheap laptop, you’re going to get a slower, cheaper operating system. Right now, you need to be able to upgrade to Windows 10 so that you can get work done and stop being frustrated by the slowness of your current system. So, let’s take a look at how you can get Windows 10 without breaking into your overdraft!

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  • Run It, But Don’t Activate It! Okay, so it’s not the most honest way to do it, but did you know that you can run Windows and not activate it? It won’t shut off after a month like the notifications promise you that it will, either. The system will keep nagging you about activation, and you can’t personalize your screen the same way. However, it feels worth it to be able to use the system temporarily until you can afford to activate it properly.
  • Go Back In Time. If you can, go back in time to upgrade your system from an older Windows version. When you run Windows as an update on your computer, you can upgrade it for free. So, pop back onto that old laptop and it should stop talking to you about your expired promotion. You can run Windows update on your older laptop, and then use the Update Assistant to run the update properly.
  • Go Back To School. If you’re already a student, great. If you have an alumni account, you could log in and use that. Windows 10 Education is not much different from Windows 10 Enterprise. If you’re a student, you can access it for free and all you need to do is prove it!
  • A Cheaper Key. This one isn’t free, but it’s much cheaper than buying a whole new Windows 10 disc box. You can buy OEM keys for Windows 10 at a lot of places, and companies like ComputerGarage can help you to find the right way about it. Upgrading your system is easier than ever, and you don’t have to be out of pocket to do it.

Try out these methods today, and you’ll be able to get your upgrade you need. Budget should not be a factor if you’re trying to work from home. If you can’t use any of the methods above, contact your IT team at work. They should be able to provide you with a workplace laptop for a while until you can upgrade properly.

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When Working from Home Becomes Permanent: Creating a Proper Setup

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Many of us have found ourselves working at home through no choice of our own this year. Although a lot of people dream of working from home, it hasn’t happened in the most ideal conditions. A lot of people have found themselves trying to juggle work and childcare (or pets demanding attention) and have had to create a makeshift home office. But now that it looks like many could be working from home for longer than expected, and some could be even making it a permanent move, it could be time to put some more solid resources in place.

Create a Proper Workspace

Not everyone has a spare room that they can use as a home office. Maybe you’ve been making do with your dining room table or a small desk shoved wherever you have the space. But if you’re going to be working from home indefinitely, it makes sense to have somewhere more suitable to work. There are a few things you could do to make this possible. You could look at portable buildings if you have land but no indoor space. A portable building also gets you out of the house, which helps to separate home and work. You could section off part of a larger room or repurpose a room that’s currently (under)used for something else.

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Improve Your Internet Connection

Another thing that you might have been struggling with at home is your internet connection. You choose your internet package based on what you use at home, but that’s obviously increased now that you’re also working from home. If your broadband has been sluggish and struggling with Zoom calls and other work, you might need to upgrade your service. It could be time to switch to fiber broadband or just to look for a package that offers you more bandwidth.

Re-evaluate What Equipment You Need

Perhaps up until now, you’ve been working from your laptop. However, it could be that a desktop computer might be more suitable for what you’re doing. You might need more power or multiple screens, for example. There could be other equipment that you’ve been getting by without too, but it would be better if you had access to all of the tools that help you do your work. It might be time to make sure you have a good printer or even ensure you have a more comfortable desk chair.

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Set Clear Boundaries

Hopefully, you’ve managed to develop some clear boundaries while you’ve been working from home. This should include your expectations for yourself and anyone else who might be in the house. If you haven’t done this yet, it’s time to do it now. For example, make sure everyone else knows not to disturb you when you’re working (unless it’s an emergency). Give yourself some clear rules for when you can take a break, when to start and stop working, and maintaining the right working conditions.

If working from home is going to become a permanent arrangement, make sure you have a permanent space to work from that has all that you need.

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Why An Autumn Cleaning Is Good For Your Home

The soul of your home isn’t to be found in any room, it’s in you and how you treat it. The thing is, there are many ways we can treat our homes. We can redecorate, we can improve our appliances and most of all, we can clean them from top to bottom. It’s quite popular to clean our homes, every inch, during spring. It’s spring cleaning that we look forward to each year because we get to declutter our home and declutter our minds. But cleaning in the fall is also important yet it hardly ever gets a mention in magazines that focus on household tips and style.

Greeny window sills

During this time of year you will find that you have green window sills. No you’re eyes are not due for s checkup. Rather, the green is mildew and sometimes other bacteria are trying to grow on your window sill. This is usually due to standing liquid, such as rain or the build-up of condensation water. You can easily wash your window sills with household bleach, but this might take away form of the color if you have painted window sills. Using lemon and vinegar is a much better solution. The key is to allow the mixture to sit for about 5 minutes or so. Then you can easily wipe away the mildew.

Cleaning the patio

The build up of grit and muck at your patio is something that is normal during the fall. It’s because the heavy rain season is drawing to a close, and the loose soil and bits of stone in the soil are being thrown up by the falling water. It can mix and turn into a sort of sludge or slime. Even if you think you can’t see anything like this, the color of your patio has darkened. So in effect, you have a dirty skin or top layer that sits on your paved or concrete patio. You can clean this using patio cleaner products, which are not going to damage your stone floor or discolor it in any way.

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Dirty hardwood floors

The fall brings new challenges with it, and your hardwood floors often feel the brunt of them. Your wet muddy dirty shoes are going to stain the floor if you’re not careful. But just how many times can you mop the floor? How many times can you bend down to wipe it clean? Instead you can use a great floor scrubber which will cleanse the floorboards deeper and more efficiently. These types of scrubbers are portable and can be used weekly if you wish. They won’t damage your floor as many scrubbers tend to do. 

Cleaning your home in the fall makes sense because you don’t want wet muddy floors to become the norm, nor do you want to have mildew window sills that depreciate the curb appeal of your house. The patio presents a different challenge but it’s probably where you should start first because you can afford to make mistakes here.

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The Best Flooring Options When You Have Kids Running Around

With kids, every day is a struggle. Sometimes, it is a good kind of struggle like when you watch them take their first steps or mumble their first word. Most of the time, especially with toddlers and young kids, you have to run after their muddy shoes, wiping and cleaning the floors as they run around the house. And then, of course, there’s the matter of safety, too. Kids are always bumping and falling. You want the floors to be the safest as they can be. If only there is a way to walk on foam, huh?

If you’re thinking about redoing your floors, there are a couple of things you must consider. The first one is you may want to live with your old floor now, especially if it’s a hardwood floor. Your kids are going to scratch the surface of the floor until they’re able to understand that they have to take care of such things, too. The second one is you can replace your floors now for a more kid-friendly option.

Floating Floors

Floating wood floors work well for temporary flooring. This means that the homeowners have plans of replacing these in the future such as when the kids are all grown up. Floating wood floors are made of many layers of hardwood meshed together. They offer excellent strength, durability, and practicality. These types of floors can withstand high humidity levels, so they won’t swell or expand.

The most common type of wood flooring that can float is engineered hardwood flooring. Plastic laminate, linoleum, and vinyl tiles are also good alternatives. Floating floors mean they are not fastened and glued to the subfloor concrete. This makes it easier for homeowners and contractors to remove or rearrange them in the future. This is a great option for families with young kids because there are no fumes that usually come from wood glue.

Wood Floors

Wood tends to be softer for falls and bumps compared to porcelain tiles, which feel almost like concrete. However, solid wood is susceptible to scuffs, scratches, dents, sunlight, and spills, so you may want to think twice before installing solid wood for your kids’ rooms. For high-traffic areas in your house, you can use engineered wood or vinyl. They are durable and look easy on the eyes.

Vinyl Floors

Perhaps, one of the safest choices for kids these days is vinyl flooring. It provides more traction because of its texture, which means that the kids will less likely slip on the floor. Vinyl tiles also emit low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause respiratory illnesses, headaches, and dizziness. However, some groups are advising against vinyl flooring because of its lead and phthalate risks. Young children should not be exposed to these risks.

Carpet Floors

If you want to ensure that your kids are not going to hit their heads on the hard surface flooring, you can opt for wall-to-wall carpeting. It’s soft under the feet and can absorb falls and prevent slips. Aside from providing the cushioning that your kids need, carpets are also a natural insulator that can keep the floor warm during cold winter months.

With carpet floors, you have to deal with the maintenance. You may want to choose a light color for your carpets so you can see any spills on them and clean them immediately. While carpets require a lot of maintenance, they may be the safest choice when you have kids in the house. At the very least, your kids’ bedrooms should be fitted with carpet. You can check out carpet tiles as these are the more affordable option than wall-to-wall carpeting.

Cork Flooring

If you want a soft floor but none of the hassles of maintaining carpets, you can go for cork flooring. It is soft beneath your feet and has antimicrobial properties that prevent the growth of mold. That makes it safe for kids with allergies. It is also safe against spills as cork doesn’t easily stain. This makes this material very easy to maintain.

However, although cork looks like hardwood, it is easy to damage and scratch. Toys, strollers, and other things can easily scratch its surface and rip the material. If this is going to be your flooring of choice, you have to be cautious of how your kids play around the house. Also, it might be a better option for crawling babies and not active toddlers.

You can rest easy if you know your house has kid-friendly materials, furniture, and devices. Your kids are not going to be this little forever. Enjoy their muddy shoes, cluttered playrooms, and toys strewn around the house because you’re going to miss these when they’re teens who only want to hang out with their friends.

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Get These 9 Things Done Now To Prepare For Winter

Winter is well and truly on the way, and preparing for it is a must if you want to remain comfortable throughout the season. Preparation is key for success in any walk of life, but you want to make sure that you are ready for the colder months. No one wants to feel as if they can’t get warm again, and there is only so much that you can do to get yourself ready for the colder weather but we have every suggestion you need below!

It’s going to take some time but luckily, you are in good hands at the right time of the year! We’re on the brink of it and in the midst of all the pandemic panic, you can get yourself prepared. You have the time right now, and so let’s take a look at what you can do to make yourself comfortable.

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  1. Get Your Home Ready Slowly

It takes time to get a house warm for the winter months. You may want to crank up the heating and sit in the warmth, but it’s not the way to get your home ready for those temperatures outside the house. You need to consider the pipes and the outdoor faucets, as they can crack if they’re not adequately prepared. The house has to be ready for the cold and that means keeping your thermostat gradually warmer each day until it’s in the right bracket for the colder winds. Allowing your body to adjust is as important as allowing the house to do so, too. You can also seal up the windows properly and prevent any winds streaming through.

  1. Update Your Tow Numbers

If you are used to calling in tow companies for the snow, consider checking all of the numbers that you have so that you have a company that can take on any car, truck or even semis in the road! You want to make sure that you don’t get stuck in the snow, so your car needs to be loaded with these phone numbers of the right people to help if you do get caught!

  1. Sort Your Pest Control

During the summer, mice, rats and other pests can take refuge in your attic and basement. In the winter, you want to get rid of these pests once and for all. It’s so tempting for creepy crawlies to get into the house and get comfortable, but you can use the time now to get your pest control sorted out. From rodent traps to the sprays and powders for ants and other bugs. Prevention is better than cure and you need to take preventative measures as early in the season as possible.

  1. Upgrade Your Hardware

Outdoor hardware needs to be upgraded for your house for the winter. You wouldn’t have the right essentials indoors: milk and bread, blankets and torches, matches and more – without the outdoor hardware. You need to make sure that you have sidewalk salt, snowblowers, rakes and shovels for snow, de-icing equipment and more. You want to be able to tackle the frost and ice properly and you can do that with the right outdoor equipment!

  1. Call In The Chimney Sweeps

Do you have an old-fashioned chimney in your home? You need to call in the experts to clean the flue and get rid of any obstructions. When you do this, you can avoid any carbon monoxide poisoning risks. While you’re there, you should check the fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, too. These will alert you to any issues that may occur and keep you and your family as safe as possible.

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  1. Don’t Freeze The Pipes

You read earlier that you should prepare the pipes for the winter months, and you absolutely should. Burst pipes that are explosive due to frozen water through them and the last thing you need is to have to pay for a plumber to fix it all when they bust. Instead, prevention is another step to take here and your pipes will be better if you call in a plumber before the season begins. You should also check your sprinkler systems and your hoses to know if there is any risk of them bursting, too.

  1. Get The Car Ready

You’re going to be on the road in the winter, too, and that means that you need to get the car as ready as you would your house. Top off the tank, check the fluid lines, deice the windows and pretreat the locks so that they don’t get stuck. It could be the difference between life and death if you don’t get your car winter ready, so make sure that you fulfil everything that you can do for your car in the winter, including winterizing the tyres and making sure that they have the right tread and depth. While you wait for a tow out of the snow, you can enjoy your emergency bag you kept in the trunk of the car, which should include snacks!

  1. Prepare Your Mind

SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – is a very real thing and you want to prepare your mind for a bout of depression and hope to keep it at bay. Winter is notorious for sickness and illness, and if you have the flu shot, you can help your body to feel well. Winter requires prevention and your body is as much in need of it as anything in the house. You can limit your time spent indoors and try to get into the sun as much as possible. You have to plan and prepare yourself for the colder months, and that involves you, too!

  1. Batten Down The Hatches

Get the screen doors and window screens updated where possible so that you are going to be protected from the strong winds and rain. You want to ensure that your house is a castle for the winter weather to bypass, not destroy! These nine things will get you ready for winter – what else can you do to make life easy?

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Essential Gadgets That Make Working from Home a Breeze

Two new vaccines have been seen as significantly effective against COVID-19. However, it’ll still take months to ensure that they’re completely safe and ready for distribution. And although some states have been easing their restrictions, you should still avoid large crowds and mass gatherings, especially in indoor spaces. This is because the virus can hang in the air longer indoors compared to outside, especially if the area has poor ventilation.

This means you’ll be stuck working from home for a few months more. You might as well make it as efficient and comfortable as possible. 

Apart from a quality desk and ergonomic chair, you also want to take advantage of technology for your business during the pandemic.

Here are the essential devices and accessories you should make the most of during your remote work period.

Stop the Freezes: A Reliable Computer

Unless your company provided you with machines for remote work, you’re probably using one for personal use. If your computer keeps freezing while running your usual work apps, it can ruin your productivity and even cause you to make errors. If this is the case for you, you may need a new computer. The specifications you need depend on what your work demands. If you only use productivity suites like Microsoft Word and an internet browser, you don’t really need a high-end computer. 

If you run software that’s heavy on resources, like video editors, 3D rendering apps, photo editing software, and more, you may need a computer that has a powerful central processing unit and graphics processing unit. Ask your IT department if they have any recommendations in terms of brands and models, as well as specifications. 

You can get a computer personalized according to your needs or pre-assembled ones in your local computer store. You can buy parts and devices from e-commerce sites, like NewEgg and Amazon, as well. The computer you need might end up being expensive, but it’s worth the money when you don’t experience pesky freezes or shutdowns in the middle of a mission-critical task.

Filter Out the Noise: Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Whether you’re living with family or housemates, you’ve probably been distracted by their noisy activities, like watching TV, vacuum cleaning and video gaming. You don’t want to ruin their fun or stop them from doing what they need to do. One way to achieve peace despite the distractions is to use noise-canceling headphones. These devices use microphones that pick up low-frequency noise and neutralize them before they reach your ear. 

You can get premium headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM4. These offer excellent sound quality, touch controls, wireless connectivity, and comfortable muffs for around $300 to $350. If you want something more affordable, the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 comes in at around $60. Though it doesn’t have the same sound quality as the former, it filters out noise just as well and has wireless connectivity, too. 

Meet in Style: High-Quality Webcam 

Even if you can’t go to the office, you still need to attend meetings through video conferencing applications like Zoom and Google Chat. If you want to look your best, especially in front of clients, you need a high-definition webcam. If you want something that’s as good as your smartphone camera, the Logitech Brio Ultra HD is for you. It can take video in resolutions as high as 4K and offers amazing detail. With a price of more than $200, however, it may not fit everyone’s budget. You can always get its smaller brother, the C310 for a fraction of the price. It offers 720p HD video, but don’t expect the details to be as crisp. 

Keep the Connection Flowing: High Quality Modem

The only plus side of your internet provider’s default modem is that it’s free. The problem with these cheap modems and routers is that they’re not as durable and offer basic security features. One of the culprits of slow and inconsistent internet speed is often the modem malfunctioning or straight-up breaking down. Remedy this by getting a better router from your local computer store. 

Models like the Asus RT-AC66U B1 and the TP-Link Archer C7 offer faster and more consistent Wi-Fi connectivity compared to the one your internet provider offers by default. These benefits are especially important when you’re working on cloud applications and consistently doing voice and video calls. They also offer more user-friendly interfaces and advanced security features, so you can truly customize your router to your needs.

Remote work can come with a variety of challenges, like intermittent internet connectivity, household distractions and the dreaded computer freezes. With social distancing still being the norm, you don’t have much of a choice but to work from home. Use these suggestions to make your remote work life more bearable. 

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The Benefits Of A Deep Clean

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With another lockdown impending, you might be making a list of all of the things you can do while you’re stuck at home, and if cleaning isn’t one of them, then maybe it should be. This is the perfect time to do a deep clean of your home, and it’s not just because you’re spending more time there so it will feel nice if it’s clean, but there are loads of other benefits to doing a deep clean of your home and here are just a few:

Improves Indoor Air Quality

Deep cleaning will improve the air quality of your home because it will remove the dust particles. Having poor air quality in your home is bad for you, and your family’s health as a dusty home can cause eye irritation, asthma attacks, hay fever, sneezing, and coughing. 

Gets Rid Of Bacteria And Viruses

Unfortunately, dirty homes attract all sorts of viruses and bacteria, and it’s the places you use the most such as the bathroom, your living room, and your kitchen, which contain the most viruses and bacteria. Of course, these places are the ones which you will also regularly wipe surfaces, but it’s also important to deep clean every now and then so that all these viruses and bacteria are properly eliminated.

Improves Your Mood

The act of cleaning can be very therapeutic, and then the results of it are even more beneficial for your mind. Living in a clean home can make you feel happy and uplifted and basically put you in a good mood each day. Also, before you do a deep clean, you’ll have to clear a lot of clutter so that you can get to the hard to reach areas. Clearing clutter can help to clear your mind, and as you organize your home and look at what you have and what you want to keep or throw out, then it can help to organize your mind. Waking up in a clean and tidy home will make you feel more positive each day than if you were to wake up in a dirty, unorganized home where you can’t find any of your clothes and have to stumble across piles of things to get anywhere. 

It Will Make You Healthier

Being healthy isn’t just about eating right and exercising; your home could actually be what is making you sick. Some people always suffer from flu-like symptoms, such as watery or dry eyes, runny nose, and sore throat, and this may mean that they’re suffering from an allergy.  Deep cleaning could be the solution to this because it means getting into those hard to reach places where allergens often accumulate.

Wards Off Pests

Other things you need to be careful of in the home are dust mites, microscopic pests, rodents, and bugs. While taking your rubbish out regularly and sweeping and vacuuming will help you to avoid having a pest problem, but deep cleaning every so often will ensure that you’ve got rid of every last one.  

Reduce stress

Just as cleaning can help to improve your mood, it can also help to reduce stress as it helps to revitalize your space and can help you to relax. If you’re stressing over finding your car keys, then you’re wasting your energy, which you may need for other things that you might have to deal with during the day. Having a clean and tidy home can help you to reduce stress in the home so that you can deal with it everywhere else. 

Less maintenance and repairs

Deep cleaning and looking after your appliances means that you won’t have to spend money repairing or replacing them as you’ll be maintaining them as you go. When cleaning them, you’ll notice if there are any issues that need dealing with, and you can do so accordingly. This is especially important outside the home as something like deck power washing is an excellent way to lift stubborn dirt, grime, and debris off your home’s exterior surfaces and to prevent mold and moss buildup.

It Can Help You Work BetterIf, like many people, you are working from home more regularly now, then it’s even more important to have a clean work environment. When you’re trying to work in a place full of disorder and dirt, then this can make it harder to concentrate, whereas working in a clean and orderly environment will increase your productivity. While it’s good to clean as you go and to keep your work organized, it’s also beneficial to do a regular deep clean.

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Garage Projects to Keep You Busy While at Home amid a Pandemic

Though some states have eased up their lockdown restrictions, many people are still reluctant to go out. If you’re one of them, that’s fine, but you probably have run out of things to do at home. You are probably tired of binge-watching sports series, Netflix shows, and YouTube videos. Perhaps, you also had taken up some hobbies, such as woodworking, building mechanical keyboards, cooking, cycling, or gardening.

But there’s one thing you probably haven’t touched: the garage. Taking on a garage improvement project could add value to your home and give you the space to have that alone time after a busy day at work.

Not sure where to start? Here are some project ideas that can give your garage a refreshed appearance.

Declutter and reorganize

Before you can make any major changes to your garage, you need to declutter and reorganize it. Go through stacks of boxes and other containers that have been piling up over the years. See which you can throw, donate, upcycle, or keep. For everything that you want to keep, reorganize them by adding storage options.

Organize tools by installing more tool cabinets. You can hang pegboards for tools you often use. Don’t overlook that empty wall space in your garage. Install some shelves to increase storage space. And if you plan to take on more DIY car repairs, consider installing 2-post automotive car lifts for more convenience.

Insulate the garage

After adding storage spaces and clearing up floor spaces, focus on insulating your garage. This way, you can use your garage year-round and reduce your monthly energy bills. Start with insulating the walls. Consider loose-fill insulation, which you can blow into the walls without tearing out the drywall. Another option is to install sound-proofing foam to the walls. This is a good option if you plan to create an area in the garage where you or your kids can play musical instruments so that you won’t disturb your neighbors.

Create a playroom for your kids

Other than building a music studio in the garage, you can also create a playroom for kids. They can go there once their online classes and other schoolwork are completed for the day. With this space, you can assure that they are safe as you do household chores or have that much-needed break after work.

Build a hobby area

If you’ve been working in the yard for your woodworking and other hobbies, you can’t continue this routine as the winter comes in. Create a hobby area in your insulated garage, so you can continue working on your passion projects even if the temperature is cold outside. That way, you can also continue reducing your stress from concerns over work-from-home setup, economic recession, and other COVID-19 issues.

Paint the garage floor

One easy way to give your garage a refreshed look is to paint its floor. Various types of products, such as epoxy resins, are available to improve the look of your garage floor. Some products even seal cracks, cover up stains, or even make your floor resistant to moisture, making it a good space to do car repairs.

Spend time on these projects to continue the battle against the monotonous life that the pandemic has brought on. If you want more projects, these mentioned ideas should get you inspired to create your own.

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Curb Appeal Upgrades That Go Way Beyond A New Coat Of Paint

When it comes to home improvements, sometimes it’s just as important to look outside as in. The property’s exterior is the face of the home. It’s what gives the first impression and invites people to take a closer look. You might also be a little concerned that your property has been looking a little shabby compared to the rest of the neighborhood. Rather than simply paint over the fence and front door with a new coat of paint, here we’re going to look at changes that can make a truly massive difference.

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Make better use of the garden

There are few wastes of space quite so easy to identify as having a lawn. All the work that goes into maintaining a patch of grass that does little for you or anyone else is, to many people, simply not worth it. If you’re going to keep a plot of land for aesthetic purposes, then why not actually create an aesthetic with it? Get in touch with landscapers to look at how you can better sculpt your garden with different layers, retaining walls, flower beds, pathways, and more. What’s more, it can do a lot for the face of the home if you install some exterior lighting.

A whole new face for the home

One of the reasons that so many home designers recommend that you add a new coat of paint to the home when possible is that even minor changes can transform the appearance of the home, giving it a new burst of life. However, some homes do just look a little old fashioned on the outside due to the choice of facade. If you want to really update the exterior of the home, you don’t need to get rid of that facade, but rather, you can give it a new one with the help of composite panel manufacturers. Composite panel systems and cladding are two great examples of how you can construct a new exterior over the older one, giving the home a completely different design.

Add a new room to the home

Not every change for the sake of curb appeal has to be solely aesthetic. There are practical changes that can be just as effective at improving the appearance of the home, as well. When we talk about adding a room outside the home, we’re talking about creating a porch or patio space where you can entertain guests, have a meal, or simply enjoy lounging in the outdoors. Few things look more inviting than a space that has carefully been created to host people outdoors. However, it takes some work to create such a space. Aside from the decking or pavers, you also need to consider lighting, heating, furniture, and more when you’re building it.

Curb appeal isn’t only important for the sake of your ego and how you think your home looks. It can also be a significant driving factor in the resale value of the home. It might be worth investing in a few upgrades.

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