Home improvement is the remodeling, altering, painting, renovating, repairing, replacing, or modernizing of residential or noncommercial property. It includes, but is not limited to, the construction, installation, repair or replacement of driveways, sidewalks, roofs, windows and doors, flooring, heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing, electrical, ceilings, walls, and any other improvements to a residence.
A home improvement project may be large or small in scale. It is a great way to improve the comfort and appearance of your home. It can also increase the resale value of your home. Before starting any home improvement project, consider the cost and benefits carefully. A well thought out plan and budget will ensure a successful project.
Before selecting a contractor, obtain a written estimate and contract for your work. It should contain the name of the contractor and his or her MHIC number, the price of the work to be performed, and the required deposit and payment terms. It must also include an arbitration clause and a disclosure that a claim against the Home Improvement Guaranty Fund will be stayed until completion of mandatory arbitration.
A few simple home improvement projects can add a dramatic impact to your house. For example, removing old gutters and repaving your driveway will enhance the look of your home and increase its value. Another easy home improvement is adding crown molding to a room. You can buy pre-painted crown molding at a home improvement store, and it is inexpensive to install.