Home improvement refers to any renovation or remodeling of a building, house, apartment or dwelling. The work may be done for aesthetic or functional reasons. Examples of home improvement include installation of a new roof, painting or decorating the interior or exterior of the building. It may also involve adding a deck, patio or landscaping the yard.
A major remodel of a kitchen, bath or other room is often considered a home improvement project. These types of projects tend to add the most value to a home. Other popular home improvements include adding a bedroom or other living area to the home, such as an attic conversion or basement remodel. Other reasons to renovate a home include improving energy efficiency by installing a new furnace, windows, or insulation; or replacing old flooring or appliances with modern upgrades.
When selecting a contractor, consumers should take into account price, type of work to be performed, reputation and length of time in business. Consumers should also verify licensing and insurance information before hiring a contractor to perform home improvement services. It is a good idea to obtain several estimates from different contractors, and choose the one that best meets your needs.
When choosing a contractor for a home improvement project, it is important to select a licensed company with a good track record of customer satisfaction. A quality contractor will provide a written contract for the job and detail any warranties that may be provided. The contract should be dated and signed by the consumer and contractor.