Home improvement is the process of renovating or repairing a house. This is sometimes done for personal comfort and convenience, to increase the value of a house or as part of an effort to make a home more energy-efficient. This industry includes a broad range of firms and contractors that provide materials, appliances, and services for the modifying or repairing of residential houses. This industry has experienced strong growth in recent years.
Home improvements can be costly. To avoid overspending, it is helpful to have a plan and understand how much projects cost before starting. It is also important to keep in mind that you don’t actually own your renovations—the bank does. Before making any major decisions, it’s a good idea to speak with a financial planner and a real estate professional.
Adding a master suite, a new kitchen or a patio are popular home improvement projects that can add value to your home. However, not every renovation is worth the investment. Many homeowners spend money on upgrades that don’t give them a return when it comes time to sell.
To avoid being taken advantage of by unscrupulous contractors, be clear about what you want to have done and stick to it. Have a written list and get multiple estimates from different companies. It’s also a good idea to find out if any permits are required for your project and to ask about insurance requirements. It is illegal in many jurisdictions to engage in home improvement without a license.