Home improvement is any type of activity undertaken to improve a residence. This includes painting, landscaping, refinishing, paving and adding structures such as patios, decks and gazebos. It also can include installing appliances, removing walls, adding windows and doors, and remodeling rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living spaces and garages.
Many homeowners are attracted to home improvement projects because they believe that these investments will add value to their homes. It is easy to get swept up in the excitement of planning a project, but before you invest your time and money, it’s important to understand that not all home improvements are created equal.
When choosing a contractor for your home improvement project, always compare prices and other factors such as accreditation, experience, reputation and warranty. While there is a large ‘grey market’ of unlicensed contractors, reputable firms will usually be registered with a trade association and should offer warranties covering materials and workmanship. They will also have a fixed business address and be expected to stand by their work. You should also ask prospective contractors to provide references from previous customers and proof of insurance. This will help to protect you from fraudulent contractors and ensure that your contract contains terms and conditions that are legally binding.