Home improvement is the repair, renovation or alteration of the interior or exterior of a residential building. This includes but is not limited to painting, flooring, wallpapering, and more. Home improvements also include the installation of appliances, doors, windows, and more.
Many homeowners renovate to increase their home’s resale value or to make it more comfortable for themselves. However, it is important to only do upgrades that will add value or function to the home. It is also important to speak with a real estate professional before making any major renovations to ensure they will add resale value. Additionally, homeowners should always consult with an architect or engineer before starting any major projects to ensure they are within code and up to industry standards.
Homeowners can often find themselves spending a lot of money on home improvements that do not add much value. It is important to research contractors and their work, as prices vary greatly, as well as check references, experience, reputation, and length of time in business. In addition, a homeowner should never choose a contractor based solely on price, as quality of work and reliability can be just as important as cost. Additionally, it is helpful to compare a contractor’s license, insurance coverage, and any other relevant information before hiring them for a project. Some contractors will also provide warranties on their work, which should be clearly stated in a contract. In addition, the contract should contain the approximate dates when performance will begin and be substantially completed.