One of the simplest and most affordable ways to make your home look new and fresh is to paint the walls. It can add a new look and make it more attractive to prospective buyers. You can also add visual interest to your home by adding a wallpaper with a bold pattern. In addition to painting, you can also update your floor coverings, windows, and doors.
According to the survey, 40 percent of homeowners will begin their first home improvement project in March 2021. Another 24 percent plan to start in the first two months of next year. This leaves only six percent without a plan at all. More than half of homeowners who answered the survey plan on tackling a project on their own, regardless of expertise level, and over half of those aged 19-55 plan on DIYing at least some of the project.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you get a written contract with all details of the project. This contract should specify the timeline and payment schedule for the job. It should also include plans prepared by an architect or engineer. You may want to open an escrow account for payment until the project is substantially completed. Then, once the project is complete, you can pay the rest of the contractor.
Another way to finance a home improvement project is through a home equity loan. This loan is secured by your home and allows you to borrow up to 85% of its value. However, this loan requires that you have at least 20% equity in your home. This loan is more expensive and time-consuming than a personal loan. It’s a good option for major projects that require a lot of money.