It may not have been the spectacular start that we all wanted (and surely deserved) but 2021 is here, and with it is the opportunity for a fresh start. Ordinarily, the beginning of the year is reserved for a spring clean, an event whereby we say goodbye to the old, and hello to the new–by clearing out the clutter and sprucing up the home after. For that, you might need a few ideas to get on the way. If this sounds like a project that’s on your mind, look no further! Here are some home improvement tips for any household.

Keep the animals well clear!

As any pet owner will tell you, regardless of whether they’re cat owners, dog owners, gecko owners, or came back from the pet store with any other animals, the last things anyone needs when undergoing a home renovation are small animals running around the place. A freshly varnished floor looks so much better without the paw prints, and the first time you get to relax in your new and improved living room will also be the first time that you notice the tail mark on the newly painted wall (as well as the tail on the newly painted cat).

Obviously, it should go without saying that you’ll need to keep the animals distracted with pet products, or even housed elsewhere during a home improvement project. However, that’s well and good for those small animals, but if you’re more of an exotic pet owner, then finding a volunteer to look after your lizard or your snakes is going to be a slightly different story. Reptiles do need a little extra care, so have a look into Triple-A Radio’s top pet products for reptile owners, and see if there is something there that you can pick up from the pet store, which will distract and protect your small non-furry friend.

Do some research before contracting your home improvement team.

Everybody and their mates claim to know a great company who will perform the best home improvement for less money and, generally speaking, they’re wrong. Unfortunately, most people find out about that when it’s just a little bit too late. With the best of intentions, the only home improvement company you should be looking at is the one you found yourself in. So, before you do anything else, take your time and research your options.

The best ones are those who have an impeccable work ethic which shows in the reviews. Don’t just take anyone’s word for it either, if the reviews are consistently good then they are bound to be winning awards as a result. If you want to see a prime example of such, then check out MLM Home Improvement. They’re renowned for their service, their skills, and their abilities to get the job done to a high standard. If you want proof of that, just check out the awards that they’ve been winning.

Take care of the little things.

If the house is already how you want it structurally, or has recently been renovated to a state that you like, then you might forego a full-on home improvement, and just work to give it a little bit of a makeover. A few accessories here and there might be on the agenda instead of a staircase replacement, or a completely new carpet. Plants tend to add a lot of natural color to any environment, and are particularly helpful if you have problems with the home’s ventilation. Instead of repainting an entire feature wall, consider hanging a little bit of wall art, or a big mirror to make the room seem more spacious.

Little touches can make a huge difference to your house and home, and are even more beneficial to your wallet. You don’t have to break the bank to improve your home, just go online and look at a few independent markets for ideas.

Of course, who could forget the pandemic?

We might be into a new year, but the novel coronavirus hasn’t gone away just yet. Home improvements will require visits from a number of people, but you are advised to keep that number as low as possible. If you do end up using contractors, then make sure that you are compliant with the U.S.’s COVID-19 rules, and are keeping yourselves and your contractors safe. After all, there’s no point having a spring clean if you then fall too ill to enjoy it.