Home improvement is a continuous process for many homeowners, whether they’re making repairs or simply giving their house a face-lift. From new floors to a new paint job, the list of improvements is endless. It’s also important for homeowners to make smart choices when it comes to home improvement projects. Some renovations may not provide the best return on investment, so it’s important to find a project that fits your lifestyle and budget.
Considering the current state of the economy, fewer Americans are buying homes and those who are in the market for a new house are choosing to stay put and renovate. In 2023 experts say some of the top trends for home improvement will focus on energy efficiency, repairing leaks, and simple updates to give a space a fresh look without breaking the bank.
In the 1990s, cable television shows like Trading Spaces blurred the line between the traditionally male realm of home improvement and the largely feminine sphere of interior decorating and design. As a result, DIY activities began to gain popularity as a leisure activity for both men and women. And for men, home improvement projects provided a place to retreat from their wives and children in basements or backyard work rooms where they could wield saws and hammers as a way to reaffirm their masculine identity.
Homeowners should always check a contractor’s license and insurance before hiring them to complete any type of home improvement work. They should also consider a contractor’s reputation, experience and length of time in business when selecting their contractors.