Many people have been planning or even started home remodeling projects before the COVID-19 pandemic started. The project may have been disrupted by limited access to supplies during the pandemic. But, as confinement rules are relaxed its time to decide if you should continue with your remodeling project or simply leave it on hold.
The answer depends on what stage your project is at and your personal situation.
If Still Planning
This is the easier stage to simply abandon or shelf the project. However, you need to consider why you were doing the project.
If t was to create more space or make the house more enjoyable to live in then you have a good reason to continue. However, if in hindsight, you realize that it wasn’t going to do a lot for your life quality, this could be a good time to abandon the project and rethink your approach or if you even want to take on a project like this.
The deciding factor may well be your personal situation. Take a moment to consider your employment or business. If it is secure and the pandemic is unlikely to affect it or your earnings in the short and the long term, then going ahead with your remodeling project is a good idea.
Of course, you may need to visit a showroom to finish purchasing the pieces you need, you’ll have to verify this is possible or your project simply can’t proceed.
However, if you’re facing an uncertain financial future and the project is in the planning stage, it is definitely better to temporarily shelf it and see what happens. There is no reason why you can’t take it up again in the future.
If You’ve Already Started
Assuming the project is already underway the most logical approach is to continue with it. This is especially true if your home is already disrupted and you want the project finished.
Of course, the same financial concerns will apply as if you’re in the planning stage. The difference is your project is already underway.
Assuming you’re facing financial difficulties or, at the least, uncertainty, then you may want to consider how difficult or costly it is to undo what has been done on the project. Equally, you may be able to terminate the project where it is and still use your home normally.
If this isn’t possible you’ll need to carry on with the project and deal with the consequences later.
One thing to remember is that the economy will recover and house prices are likely to climb again, meaning that a well-designed home remodeling project will add value to your home. That could be beneficial in the longer term.
If you do decide to continue with the work and need contractors to help you then it is important to make sure all hygiene rules are followed to minimize the risk of spreading the virus. Have plenty of hand sanitizer available for everyone involved.