Which DIY home renovation projects could add the most value to your house — and which ones to avoid

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Americans have a lot more time on their hands — and they’re spending that time at home.

Earlier in the health crisis, economists predicted that spending on renovation projects would actually dip across much of the country. But recent data show that there’s been a definite surge in interest in certain home improvement projects.

Just look at the lumber market: There’s now a shortage of pressure-treated lumber used to build decks across the country.

Meanwhile, the housing market has recovered well from the start of the pandemic, with home sales rising considerably thanks to pent-up demand among buyers fueled even further by record-low mortgage rates.

As a result, many homeowners may be considering the benefits of fixing up their home to make it more appealing to potential buyers — and a nicer place to live in the era of social distancing. And they may

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Pandemic leads to uptick in home improvement projects | Local News

Painting cabinets, updating window trims or maybe new flooring? The COVID-19-induced shelter-at-home orders and the continuing social distancing has fueled the need for home improvements.

According to a recent poll conducted by Bank of America, people are investing time, money and effort in improving their homes.

The bank asked 1,054 Americans about their attitudes and shopping habits during the pandemic. The results showed that more than 70% decided to tackle home improvement projects, with more planned for 2021.

The trend to do-it-yourself projects resulted in rising stocks of home improvement stores such as Lowe’s, Home Depot Inc. and Tractor Supply.

According to statistics from the Bank of America, between 75% to 80% of Lowe’s customer base are do-it-yourself shoppers. As a result, the brand’s shares skyrocketing 56%.

About 55% of Home Depot’s customer base is with the DIY community, which helped increase shares 34% over the past three months.

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From Treehouses To Fire Pits, DIY Projects Help Drive Up Lumber Prices : NPR

With the help of his children, Knoxville, Tenn., resident Matt Harris put the finishing touches on his dream treehouse on Father’s Day.

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With the help of his children, Knoxville, Tenn., resident Matt Harris put the finishing touches on his dream treehouse on Father’s Day.

Matt Harris

For years, Matt Harris dreamed about building a treehouse out behind his back fence in Knoxville, Tenn. He never got around to it, though, until the pandemic hit.

“It was just a matter of finding time,” Harris says. “And that didn’t come until everything kind of shut down for a little bit.”

When the coronavirus canceled youth sports for the season, Harris suddenly found his weekends free. And his children — ages 8, 7 and 4 — made a willing construction crew.

“They were good measurers and markers of the wood,” Harris says. “You don’t let

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