Home improvement, also known as housework, is any type of project or activity that makes a home more pleasant, functional or valuable. This includes interior and exterior projects such as painting, resurfacing or installing new flooring, repairing drywall or carpeting, adding decks or porches, landscaping and building fences. It also includes replacing windows and doors, installing new appliances and improving energy efficiency by upgrading insulation or a more efficient heating and cooling system.
Homeowners are often motivated to perform home improvement projects for a variety of reasons, including increasing home value, reducing maintenance needs, or improving aesthetic appeal. However, not all projects will deliver the desired results and some may actually detract from a home’s value or reduce its resale potential.
When selecting a contractor for a home improvement, consumers should take the time to compare prices and choose a business with a good reputation. It is also important to obtain written contracts for all work performed, which should contain a description of the work to be done and the materials to be used. The contract should also include approximate dates when the work will start and be substantially completed.
Some of the most popular home improvements are those that add curb appeal, such as a new front door or fresh coat of paint. Other common projects include adding or updating an entryway, remodeling a bathroom, or upgrading the kitchen. Other projects that increase resale value include landscaping, such as planting shrubs and trees; paving stones or a new driveway; and installing an energy-efficient HVAC system.