Home Improvement 101

Home improvement is the renovation, repair, and maintenance of the interior and exterior of a home. Home improvements can add value to a home or make it more livable. Homeowners can do many home improvement projects themselves, or hire a contractor. Home improvements can be as simple as replacing doorknobs or as complex as adding an addition to a house. Regardless of the size and scope of the project, careful planning is key to success.

Home improvements are a popular pastime for homeowners, and for good reason: the return on investment can be substantial. However, it’s important to remember that not all home improvements are created equal. Some may actually decrease your property’s value. This is especially true for highly personalized renovations or those that don’t match the style of other homes in the neighborhood.

In 2021, many homeowner renovation plans were pushed back due to a variety of factors including cost (52%), disruption of home life (39%), and availability of professionals (31%). To help these homeowners reach their goals, Gale OneFile offers comprehensive resources on everything from architecture techniques to tool selection to zoning requirements.

A successful home improvement project is a balance of beauty and budget. To keep your costs down and your return on investment up, start with a well-planned project and select materials that are durable and easy to maintain. Also consider adding features that are highly sought after by potential buyers such as a master suite or an updated kitchen.

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