Home improvement is any work done to a home or its property, including fixing, repairing or replacing things inside and outside the house. It can range from simple upgrades such as painting a wall to whole house renovations like adding an addition or new kitchen.
Regardless of the project, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you decide to undertake any work on your home. First, check if your state law requires contractors to provide contracts, and make sure you get everything in writing before any money is spent or any work starts.
Contractors vary in their abilities, experience and reputation so it’s important to choose the right one for your home. Ask for references, compare prices and take a look at reviews.
If you’re working on a large renovation, consider a home equity loan or line of credit. These can be repaid over 5-30 year terms via fixed monthly payments.
Homeowners may also consider tapping into their emergency savings, selling items or cutting back on discretionary spending, which can help reduce the cost of a major renovation. They can also apply for home improvement financing from a government agency or mortgage lender.
If you don’t have the cash on hand to pay for a renovation, consider using a credit card with an introductory 0% APR period to finance the work. These cards can be a great way to cover small expenses for a few months until you can afford the entire upgrade.