Home-renovation projects during the Corona Virus Lockdown?

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Since we’ve all been spending significant time at home during the last couple of months due to the Covid-19 outbreak, there are high chances that you’ve noticed all the flaws in your home. Perhaps your walls need a fresh coat of paint, you require some new furniture or your kitchen cabinets are in desperate need of a makeover.

But should you go in for a renovation amidst a pandemic or wait until a better time?

Here are a few factors to consider.

How much do you need to interact with the tradesmen?

In these Corona Virus days, having strangers in your home is a little worrying. Hiring a carpenter, painter, plumber or other tradesmen means sharing the space you’re confined to with people who come and go every day for months. They come in contact with several people in the course of their day and then make their way to your home. That doesn’t mean you need to put off your home improvement projects indefinitely, though. You can undertake projects by choosing a company or a tradesman who can get the job done well by visiting your home for the bare necessities – measurement and installation – which takes no more than a couple of days.

Can any part of your home improvement project be done digitally?

If this Pandemic has taught us anything, it is the need to adapt with the times. While traditionally, home-owners needed (and wanted) to be a part of every step of the project, today, most of it can be done digitally. The best modular kitchen brands offer free 3D designs of your kitchen or bedroom before the project even begins. You can browse through online catalogues and pick a shade of cabinet finishes, wardrobe handles and even backsplash tiles, while on your couch. Get estimates over email and make use of video calling apps to talk to your contractor or vendor– it’s easier, hassle-free and not to mention, much safer.

Will there be delays and price hikes?

Even the best of home renovations can create anxiety, and during these times, the anxiety can be doubled, depending on who is doing up your home. The Corona Virus pandemic has upended everyone, more so the labour class. The scenario has caused carpenters and contractors to delay jobs or stop them altogether due to their uncertain futures, changing government guidelines and workers’ more personal pressing needs. Home-owners opting to go with traditional craftsmen can be assured of the project going for months longer than they had planned or at a cost greater than they budgeted for, all while living in a home with a half-finished project. On the flipside, larger companies like modular furniture brands aim to finish off what they started at a price that was agreed upon to maintain their brand promises. Entrusting the project in the hands of professionals would ensure a smoother experience.

What about the actual installation?

While there’s no way to ‘virtually’ install your new wardrobes and cabinets, tradesmen from reputed companies like Blissspace Goa travel in their private or company vehicles, thus reducing the risk of infections avoiding public transport. Our tradesmen also carry along a health certificate and employee ID cards to put your mind at ease while they install your furniture. There are a few measures you can take as a homeowner – like refraining from handshakes with the staff, requesting them to wash their hands before touching anything in your home and maintaining enough distance between you/your family and the staff.

For home-owners who are considering remodelling projects, the lockdown can prove beneficial to building your dream home. Firstly, it gives you time to dream, conceptualize and research. With most projects being put on hold, you can jump-in on your contractors’ schedule and get your kitchen done quicker. And lastly, you can tackle small, pesky projects that have been put off for way too long, so you feel more organized and prepared for whatever is coming.

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