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Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all spent more time at home than usual over the past couple of years — and many of us have found reminders of things we wish were a little different, bigger, brighter or simply better. Of course, home improvement projects are rarely cheap. According to recent research, more than half of homeowners planned renovations for 2021, with the median budget being $10,000. The most popular kind of project reported was a kitchen remodel. Even for the most urgent home improvements, that’s a lot of money to come up with. Projects can get put off for months or years, and every glance at the unrealized space in your home gets a little more wistful. Fortunately, there are several ways to approach a big expense like this, particularly if you have time to plan for it. Here are several smart ways to get your next home improvement project rolling and make it a reality sooner than later.