Before the quarantine, it seemed we never had the time to work on our homes. Now we do!

The best thing you can do with a bad situation is to take advantage of the opportunities it provides. If your Berks County home needs a bit of updating, or if you plan to sell it soon, then make your time count. And instead of watching Netflix all day, you can take some time to learn how to make these improvements from the comfort of your couch.

Here are a few ideas with online tutorials that will help you become a DIY master.

Install a Ring Doorbell

Home security technology is making it easier than ever for homeowners to install their own security system. There's no need to feel intimidated by installing your own security. Ring doorbells are easy enough to set up. Here's a tutorial from SafeWise that will give you a good overview of the world of modern technology upgrades.

Lay down luxury vinyl tile

If you need to update your flooring, luxury vinyl is a great option that's more affordable than hardwood. It mimics the look of hardwood and actually is more durable. These floors are nearly indestructible, making them perfect for kids and pets. You'll be surprised how easy they are to install, as it can go right over your existing flooring. Here's a great tutorial for beginners, along with this video with tips to help make the installation go smoothly.

Make a concrete countertop—in less than an hour!

Do you want to create a custom concrete countertop in less than an hour? Typically, custom concrete countertops can be tricky and time consuming. This tutorial will show you how to create a concrete countertop in less than an hour. It won't be worthy of a gourmet kitchen, but it's a great solution for your outdoor kitchen needs.

Glam up your patio

Can you create your own herringbone paver patio? Yes you can with this tutorial.

Remove your popcorn ceiling

Are you living in an older home with those dated popcorn ceilings? If you're ready to say goodbye to that eyesore, now is a good time. This Home Depot tutorial will help. Plus it will be a good workout with all the reaching and scraping you'll be doing. Just make sure you check for asbestos, which you can do with a kit available at most home improvement stores.

Build your own deck

There have been more than 6.5 million views of this tutorial that can teach you how to build your own 8x10 deck. And, it’s specifically for beginners, so the directions are easy to understand and follow. 

Even if you just do one or two of these projects, you can take pride in how you used your time during the quarantine, all while increasing the value of your home. Time well spent!

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