March 1, 2020

How to Replace a Patio Door and Other Things You Can Do to Kill Time During the Lockdown?

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When we were told to stay home and keep at least a 1.5-meter distance from the person next to us, health experts all over the globe weren’t kidding. Unless we take this advice seriously, COVID-19 will continue to spread and more people will get sick. While we wait for a vaccine to be produced, observing social distancing is our best way to help our front-liners put an end to the pandemic.

That said, locking yourself up in your home for a month can be pretty boring. While it seems exciting to spend each day binge watching Netflix or playing video games, it’ll only take a few days before boredom can set in. You need to add to your to-do list a few activities that are both productive and would take some time to finish.

One that you might find interesting is simple home renovation. Whether this is something you’ve been putting off for too long because of your busy schedule or one that hasn’t ever crossed your mind, you should try it. After all, doing something productive is the best way to make the most out of your lock-down time.

Consider Professional Assistance First

Before deciding how to go about your simple home renovation, make sure to conduct a thorough inspection of your home. Remember that, even if the quarantine period is still indefinite, you don’t know how much time you have to finish everything before going back to your hectic life. If you think the work required is too much for you, don’t hesitate to contact a professional.

Thankfully, not all service providers have shut their doors. There are a few, such as Muller Exteriors, whose methods and processes do not pose risk of spreading the virus are still in operation. Muller, for instance, does all communication and paperwork via phone and email. To evaluate your property, they use satellite imaging to remotely obtain precise dimensions of your home. Whether it’s the roof or siding you want to fix or renovate, they can get it done without entering your home or getting near any members of your family.

They’ve been using this technique for many years now and it has proven to be quite a game-changer in the industry. Not only does it expedite the process by eliminating the need for meetings and enabling the service provider to present clear and accurate data, but it also helps protect the clients’ privacy, and their health now that there’s a pandemic.

What to Include in Your To-Do List

If you haven’t got one already, make a list of things to do to maximize the downtime that this lock-down has given you. Just make sure the things you include there don’t go beyond your knowledge and abilities. Below are some examples.

  • Wall Painting
  • Spring is the perfect time to get your home spruced up. Just watch out for afternoon thunderstorms so your newly painted exterior wall won’t get soaked. If you’re worried this might happen, well, there’s plenty of walls inside your building that you can paint instead. You can get the whole family involved not just to finish quickly but it’s also a great family bonding activity.
  • Fix or Replace Your Patio Door
  • This might be a bit complicated for someone who doesn’t have a background in basic carpentry, so you might want to reconsider and just leave the job to a professional. Nevertheless, if you have prior experience fixing or installing a door, this might be easy for you. You just have to know when to replace your patio door and if you have enough supplies, particularly patio door replacement parts, in your storeroom to complete the task. There are also tons of articles online about how to replace a patio door that you can refer to if you’re not confident with the process you know.
  • Clean Your Deck
  • Having a deck isn’t all fun. It entails the obligation to keep it clean, sanded, and sealed on a regular basis. If you’re not up for such commitment, better settle for a nice landscape. But if you already have a deck installed and you haven’t done any maintenance in a while, this might be a great opportunity. Unlike cleaning your room, this task may take longer to finish as it involves sanding and coating, so it can be a good addition to your lock-down to-do list.
  • Pressure Wash Your Siding
  • If your siding doesn’t need repair or replacement, at least give it a power wash. You’d be surprised by how much this can transform the appearance of your siding. Keep the pressure level in check, though, as some siding materials are too fragile. You don’t want to end up including siding replacement in your to-do list just because you’ve broken some boards.
  • Reorganize Your Garage
  • Let’s be honest, the garage is one of the least maintained areas in our house. After all, it’s almost completely cut-off from the rest of the building, and it’s where we often do our dirty chores. Well, it can’t remain grimy and disheveled forever. You have plenty of time to clean and reorganize it. Clear out items that you no longer need to free up some space or make more room for movement. Perhaps add more shelves to increase your garage’s storage capacity.
  • Maintain Your Roof
  • The last thing you want this spring is to have leak in your attic when the daily downpour kicks in. There’s are three ways to inspect your roof for possible source of leak. You can either go up there, use binoculars to view it from below, or through the attic. If you think the wear or damage is beyond repair and instant replacement is necessary,don’t hesitate to call your local roofing company. After all, as mention, reputable companies like Muller are available at this time.

The lock-down teaches us that we can only do so much when it comes to maintaining our homes. Surely, we can try to paint our walls, fix our roof, and replace our patio doors, but unless we are experts in those tasks, odds are we won’t be able to do a great job. It teaches us the importance of having professional service providers, such as roofing companies,that we can easily contact anytime.

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