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Home Improvement Projects Are On The Rise During The Pandemic

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New South Home/Laura Sumrak

This show originally aired Aug. 20, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has a lot of us spending much more time than normal in our homes. Many are working from home, and all this time in the same place has given us an opportunity to really see where we live.

Evidently, a lot of people don’t like what they see because right now there is a wave of folks who have decided they need to spruce things up. Yes, home improvements and renovations are on the uptick.

But how do you renovate safely during a pandemic? If you plan to sell in the future, what colors and textures and trends will help? And which home fix-up projects give you the best return on your investment?

We talk to some pros about that and more.


Melissa Lee, principal designer at New South Home, an interior design firm in Charlotte

Kim Trouten, real estate agent with Allen Tate SouthPark

Chris Duncan, partner with Four Oaks Builders, a home building and remodeling company in Charlotte

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.