Home improvement, also known as home renovation or house remodeling, is the process of improving or upgrading an existing residential property. Home improvement projects can include anything from painting and staining woodwork to installing a new roof and windows. The goal of home improvement is to make a house more comfortable and functional. It can also increase the value of a home or make it more appealing to potential buyers.
The home improvement industry has reached excellent growth results in recent years. It includes the sale of building materials, appliances and decor as well as contractors and other workers who help consumers renovate or improve their homes.
Before hiring a contractor, know what work you want done. A thorough list makes it easier to negotiate with contractors, lock in firm prices and avoid surprises. It will also help ferret out unscrupulous contractors who may try to convince you to have additional work done that is not necessary or desirable.
Make sure you get multiple estimates. Be sure the written estimate includes a description of the work to be done, the materials to be used and the completion date. It should also clearly state the total price and payment terms including any required deposit. It is a good idea to withhold the final payment until the work has been completed and any required inspections or certificates of occupancy have been issued.
Many government programs are available to assist low-income homeowners with repairing and improving their homes. Before beginning any home improvement project, check to see if you qualify for any assistance.