How to Plan and Budget for DIY Projects Now

Did you find yourself cooped up during the pandemic-induced stay-at-home orders, blankly staring at the walls of your house, longing for more?

Maybe you wanted to travel or go out to dinner with friends. Or maybe you just wanted a fresh coat of paint on that wall.

If you found yourself in the latter camp, you had company: When the home improvement platform Houzz surveyed 1,000 homeowners who use the site in April, nearly 80% said they’re considering remodeling changes that would help them enjoy their houses more. And sales at Home Depot were up 7% in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period last year, a possible sign that consumers were already spending more on home improvement materials.

Although now might seem like the perfect time for DIY home improvement, be sure to consider our new reality. Plan the project’s size, type and budget to

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30 Easy Home Improvement Projects You Should Tackle This Summer

Lynne M. Centeno

Summer can be the perfect time to refresh your home, both on the inside and out. And that’s especially true now — whether you plan to cash in on your vacation days for a staycation, or you’ll be working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can use that extra time for these easy home improvement projects.

Last updated: June 11, 2020

Give Your Doors a Fresh Coat of Paint

Painting your front door can give the exterior of your home a whole new look. Or, you can paint an interior door a contrasting color to give the room some more visual interest.

Expect to spend between $100 and $300 to paint an exterior door and between $50 and $200 to paint an interior door, according to HomeAdvisor.

Seal or Waterproof Your Deck

Get your deck in tip-top shape by sealing or waterproofing it. This DIY project costs

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Hinsdale Woman Says She Was Scammed On Home Improvement Projects

Lynne M. Centeno

HINSDALE, IL — Many suburban residents visit public Facebook pages to get recommendations on specialists in home projects. That’s how Megan Richards Martin, a public relations executive in Hinsdale, found someone to do work at her house. And she is sorry she did — she said she was scammed.

Martin was looking for someone to replace her fence, front porch, sidewalk and driveway on Oakwood Terrace. So she sought recommendations on the Hinsdale Area Moms Facebook group. And a person in the group led her to Ed Kavanaugh, an Elmhurst resident.

On April 6, Martin called police about the matter. According to a police report, Martin hired Kavanaugh of Elmhurst-based Goliath Construction in January and gave him $10,000 as a deposit. The company then removed the driveway and front porch. It also laid brick pavers for the front porch, but did not finish the project and never did any

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Home improvement projects to calm your mind.

Lynne M. Centeno

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Spending time at home leads to noticing all the things you want to change. And maybe you should switch some things up: Did you know pursuing a mini-makeover can actually benefit your mental health? “A great way to manage stress when life is uncertain and scary is to take on a new project,” says Jennifer Hochman, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in treating anxiety disorders. “It allows us to create new goals to focus on and gives us a feeling of accomplishment when tasks are complete.”

Especially if you have a lot of time on your hands, zeroing in on a task can re-energize you. “It gives you a sense of purpose for your day,”

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