Home improvement is a broad term for projects that improve the look or function of a residence. These projects can include remodeling or adding rooms, refinishing floors, repainting or redecorating, or installing new lighting or appliances. People renovate for a variety of reasons, including increasing the resale value of their home, making it more comfortable and attractive, or simply updating the decor.
In recent years, the home improvement industry has seen excellent growth results. It encompasses the sale of building materials, appliances, and decorations, as well as the construction services offered by contractors and tradespeople.
Do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement has a long tradition in American culture. By the late twentieth century, popular television shows like This Old House and Trading Spaces blurred the distinction between the traditionally male realm of home improvement projects and the largely feminine sphere of interior design and decorating. Advertisements for power tools also aimed to recapture lost male bonds by encouraging fathers and sons to work together on home improvement projects.
The most common home improvements include a kitchen renovation, bathroom remodel, adding an additional bedroom or bath, refinishing hardwood floors, and installing new windows. These projects typically have the highest resale value and increase the overall comfort of the home.
People may use credit cards to finance these projects. However, it is important to keep in mind that these debt-financed upgrades can be costly and may cause financial strain if the costs exceed one’s budget.