Home improvement, also known as house renovation or home remodeling, is the repair, restoration, modernization, or expansion of a home. Popular projects include adding an outdoor living space or kitchen or upgrading the bathroom and master bedroom. It also includes making electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems more energy efficient.
The most important reason to undertake a home improvement project is to make the home more enjoyable for the occupants. This can be achieved by increasing the amount of natural light, removing dated features, and making the home more spacious. Home improvements that increase a home’s energy efficiency are also popular, such as installing a smart thermostat and adding insulation.
Homeowners can take on some of the work themselves by following DIY instructions found in books and online. This is often cheaper than hiring a professional, but it is important to check that all work is completed correctly and safely. For larger projects, the best way to manage a home improvement is by drawing up a plan and budget before any work begins. This will help ensure that the work is completed on time and within budget. It is advisable to use contractors that have been vetted by the Better Business Bureau and have a registered MHIC license number. It is also important to find out what a contractor’s rates are before the contract is signed and work begins. Maryland law requires a contract for home improvement that includes a schedule for work to be completed and payment terms.