What is Home Improvement?
Home improvement is the process of enhancing an existing home or building with renovations, additions, and improvements. These projects can include cosmetic and functional upgrades that can increase the resale value of a home and reduce energy costs.
A home improvement project is any work done to your home, including the exterior and interior. It can range from minor repairs to large-scale remodels. Some of the most common types of home improvement projects are painting and remodeling.
Increasing the value of your home: A new door or fence can boost your curb appeal, while an outdoor lighting system can make your yard brighter. A kitchen renovation or new flooring can also increase the resale value of your property.
Making your house more comfortable: Renovating your bathroom or adding a fireplace can make your home more pleasant. Other home improvements that can help improve your quality of life include installing an air conditioning system, replacing old windows and doors, and reducing energy costs by using more efficient heating and cooling equipment.
Doing it yourself (DIY): There are many resources to help you learn how to do DIY home improvements. Some of them offer classes, books and step-by-step instructions.
The home improvement industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that employs over 2 million workers in the United States alone. It includes both do-it-yourself companies and contractors/builders.
Popular TV shows and radio programs feature home improvement. American cable channel HGTV has several do-it-yourself programs, as does sister channel DIY Network. Danny Lipford is the host and executive producer of the nationally syndicated Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford show, and Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete co-host The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show.