Home improvement, or home renovation, involves improving the function and appearance of a house. It may include interior and exterior work such as painting, resurfacing or replacing flooring, installing furniture, appliances, fixtures, and other decorative items, as well as outdoor projects such as paving, landscaping, decks, porches, and pools. The industry comprises retail establishments that sell building materials, equipment, and decor for home improvement projects, as well as contracting services provided by skilled tradespeople.
While some homeowners undertake DIY (do-it-yourself) projects, many hire contractors to perform home improvement work for them. The contractor is responsible for obtaining the necessary permits and inspections, and is liable for worker injuries and property damage. The contractor also provides advice and recommendations on materials, finishes, and styles. The contractor will generally require a deposit before beginning the project, and will require a written contract with a specified timeline for work to be completed and a payment schedule. The contract should also specify any specific products or brands of materials to be used, and include the contractor’s name, MHIC license number, and address.
A home improvement project can be a significant undertaking, and it’s important to find the right contractor for the job. It’s best to ask for references and check them before hiring anyone. You can also contact your local consumer protection office for more information.
Depending on the scope of your project, you might need to obtain a permit from the city or county before starting work. You can usually apply for a permit online or at an administrative center.
Many homeowners choose to remodel their homes to increase their living space or make structural changes. Others are motivated by the need to fix a problem, such as an electrical problem or a leaky roof. Still, others want to improve their home’s resale value. However, it’s important to remember that not all remodeling projects will provide a good return on investment.
The most popular home improvements are sparkling bathroom overhauls, followed by kitchen and basement renovations. Other projects that often pay off are garage and shed construction, paving and driveway repairs, and fence construction and installation.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has dragged on, more and more homeowners have been turning to home improvement. During the pandemic, professional contractors saw a dramatic drop in business, while DIY projects soared. With families confined to their houses during the pandemic, people were eager to redecorate and remodel their spaces.
Married couples with children were the most likely to take on a project, and they spent the most. However, single owners were more likely to spend less than their married counterparts.