Home improvement is the process of renovating or changing the design or appearance of a house. It includes remodeling or improving a kitchen, bathroom, deck, porch, patio, backyard, garage and other areas of the property.
The cost of home improvements is often tax deductible, which may increase its value when you sell. Some energy-saving upgrades are also eligible for tax credits.
If you are thinking about a home improvement project, it is best to get a professional opinion on the work to be done. This can be helpful in avoiding problems later.
Before a home improvement contractor begins work, all parties involved must sign a contract that clearly states the job to be performed and any other details, such as warranties for materials and workmanship. This will protect you from any misrepresentation or fraud.
When choosing a contractor, check references and verify their license and insurance before they begin work on your home. You should also be sure to have the contractor’s MHIC license number preprinted on the contract.
A good contractor should be able to answer questions about their business, including licensing, insurance, business references and any serious criminal convictions. They should also have a clean record with the Maryland State Department of Labor and Licensing, Consumer Affairs, and the Better Business Bureau.
When completing a home improvement project, it is important to take the time to prepare a budget that will allow you to complete the work as quickly as possible. Ideally, your budget should be within a range that allows you to finish the job without incurring excessive debt.