Home Improvement Basics
Home improvement involves any repairs, additions or improvements that you make to your house. It can include anything from updating your kitchen to building a backyard oasis. It can also involve things like adding a room or changing the layout of your house.
Choosing the right contractor
A home improvement contractor must pass a test on home improvement law and general business competency before he or she can be licensed in New York City, Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties. They must also have insurance.
Don’t jump into a project without a budget
Before you begin a renovation, make sure you have a realistic plan of how much money you can spend on the project. This will help you avoid overspending and overpaying for the materials and services you want.
Identify which improvements are needed and which can wait.
Choose materials wisely
Whether you’re renovating your bathroom or adding an extra bedroom, don’t go overboard. Instead, choose materials that will add value and function to your home while still delivering the aesthetic you’re going for.
Make a detailed list of what needs to be done, so you can keep track of everything throughout the entire process.
Be sure to get multiple estimates from a variety of contractors for the same work. This way, you’ll be able to compare the price and quality of work that each contractor offers.
In 2023, experts predict that homeowners will spend more on making repairs and improving their energy efficiency. They’ll do so as a way to save money on their utility bills. They’ll also do it to give their homes a minor facelift – making updates that will improve their resale value.