Increasingly, homeowners are placing a high value on making their homes attractive and functional. And despite the recent recession, the home improvement business is stronger than it has been in years.
The most popular home improvement projects are adding additional space, improving the energy efficiency of a home and enhancing its overall beauty. The addition of a bedroom, bathroom or even a laundry room can increase the amount of livable space and add to the home’s value.
Paint or wallpapering rooms that are dated is also a popular and easy way to make an older home look newer. Repainting a bedroom with hot pink wallpaper, for example, can cost less than $500 and can completely transform the room.
Remodeling a bathroom or kitchen is another big project that can add value to a home, but it also costs money. So it’s important to budget accordingly.
Building a deck or putting up a fence is another popular choice for home improvements. And if you’re planning on selling your home, it might be worth it to spend a little extra money to improve the backyard.
Home improvement contractors must be licensed to work in New York City, Long Island and in many other states. Contact the consumer affairs departments in the areas where you live to see if a contractor is licensed. Generally, you should be aware that a license doesn’t automatically mean the company is reputable. It’s best to check references and get recommendations from people you know who have used the contractor in the past.