Home improvement is a common way to increase your home’s value and keep it in good condition. Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional, there are a variety of projects to choose from. Many are fairly inexpensive and easy to do, but others may require more skill and time. You should always research contractors and ask for references. You should also get all promises in writing.
The most popular areas of home improvement among survey responders were yard and landscape work, deck or patio construction and fence construction. These projects are likely to appeal to people who like to entertain at home since bars and restaurants have been shut down during the pandemic.
A large portion of homeowners said they plan to do a project this year or next. Twenty-four percent of those surveyed indicated they would build a deck or patio, which can provide a place to relax and unwind. Deck and patio construction has risen more than threefold over the past two years, according to Axiom.
While DIY projects can save money, they can also be dangerous. It is recommended to hire a professional for more complicated projects, including electrical or plumbing work. It is also wise to research contractors and check for licensing, insurance and business references before hiring a company to do work on your home.
Adding an outdoor living space such as a patio, deck or porch can increase the value of your home. However, you need to make sure the upgrades are done correctly and fit in with your home’s aesthetic. Otherwise, they could detract from the resale value of your home.