Home improvement, or DIY (do-it-yourself) renovations and repairs, is an industry that encompasses a broad range of projects, from painting and staining a deck to installing an entire new kitchen. Home improvements also include repairing and replacing existing items, such as doors, windows, walls, electrical fixtures, plumbing and appliances.
Many homeowners take on home improvement projects themselves, or hire contractors to complete the work. Consumers are attracted to the low cost of self-administered projects, as well as the pride in achievement and the sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a task oneself. Nevertheless, some home improvement projects are complex and require professional knowledge of building codes, zoning regulations and safety procedures.
In the United States, the term home improvement is generally used to refer to the remodeling or repairing of residential buildings. It is distinguished from home maintenance, which consists of routine tasks and preventative maintenance on an ongoing basis.
A variety of home improvement projects can increase a house’s value, depending on the work done and the overall quality of the project. However, some projects may have a negative impact on the value of a house if they are too personalized or do not fit the style of the neighborhood.
Home improvement is a multibillion-dollar industry that includes the sale of building materials, equipment and furnishings, as well as the services of contractors, tradespeople and others who provide remodeling, repair and other home enhancement services. The industry has experienced high growth in recent years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.