Staying Home, Staying Safe, Staying Connected.

It’s a very stressful time here in Northern Virginia, throughout the US, and all over the world. The rapid spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, has focused our attention on keeping our loved ones safe and healthy.

So, we scrapped our planned newsletter article for this month to provide you instead with links to articles from a variety of trusted sources we believe are both relevant and immediately helpful in dealing with changes to our lives caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Either out of caution or by directive from state and local authorities, most of us are spending all or most of our time at home. Many of us are working from home, some for the first time. Many of us also have children who are at home who otherwise would be in school or daycare. We’re trying to maintain some measure of a routine for them and ourselves. We’re all figuring out what to do, how to get things done and make good use of our time at home. We’re all doing our best to shelter in place to make sure our families and communities stay healthy.

The articles we link to in this newsletter cover topics such as working from home, video conferencing, keeping your home clean and disinfected, how to sanitize packages coming into your home from online shopping, supporting local businesses during the crisis, and more.

Below the article links we have a link to another post on our website where we explain what we are doing to keep you safe and at the same time work with you on current and future projects.


Cleaning and Disinfecting

We know you’re concerned about keeping your home clean and virus-free, so here are some tips all in one place for how to do that.

» Cleaning Routines to Keep Your Home Virus-Free

» How to Disinfect Your Home

» CDC Recommendations for Cleaning & Disinfecting for COVID-19


Shopping and Deliveries

Since you’re doing your shopping online and getting deliveries dropped at your front door,  these tips may be helpful for safely bringing those packages into your home.

» How to Handle Packages During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Working from Home

Many of us have home offices, but there are also a lot of folks who have had to set up temporary home offices quickly and without much notice. Here are some articles that help you figure out the best set-up for you. (We can’t be of much help with keeping kids and pets out, unfortunately.)

» 7 Things to Consider if You Find Yourself Working from Home

» 5 Things You Need in Your Home Office

» Guide to a Healthy Home Office


Video Conferencing

We found some great tips from The Wirecutter blog for setting up a video conferencing space, whether it’s to keep in touch with work, meet with clients or coworkers and for your mental and emotional health to keep in touch with friends and family.

» How to Pull Off a Professional Video Call from Home


Supporting Local Businesses

There are many ways to support local businesses while you remain safely at home, such as buying gift cards or even just writing online reviews for your favorites. Here is an article from HOUZZ on how you can help keep local remodelers, designers and landscape professionals busy.

» 8 Ways to Keep Your Home Project Going While Helping Local Pros


A Whole Lot More of What You Might Want to Know

The Wirecutter website and blog by the New York Times is always a good source for reliable product and service reviews. They have assembled all their information related to the coronavirus pandemic in one place.

» All of Wirecutter’s Coronavirus Coverage


Merrill Contracting’s Efforts to Help Keep Your Remodeling Plans on Track During and After COVID-19

READ MORE »  We Won’t Let COVID-19 Ruin Your Remodeling Project or Planning