Home improvement projects are a “bright spot” in the economy during the pandemic

For years Carlos Valencia from Guadalupe had a desire to expand his DIY skills.

But until the new coronavirus pandemic forced him to work from home – and limit contact with people outside his family – he never had the time.

“When my father-in-law first moved to North Phoenix (two years ago), I told him, ‘If you guys ever want to do any projects, I’m more than willing to help,'” Valencia said. “The last few weekends we’ve finally made it.”

The couple have embarked on an ambitious decking project that will require woodworking, masonry and roofing skills, among other skills. Valencia said he’s invested in new equipment and supplies, made frequent, masked trips to Lowe’s – and made a socially distanced home visit to buy a miter saw. He also plans to build a wall in his own house after helping his father-in-law.

“I’ve always had so many ideas,” he said. “That time allowed me to reflect on her and move on.”

If rising home improvement store sales are any indication, thousands of Americans are doing the same.

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