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What is Home Improvement? - Home Improvement Commission

The Home Improvement Law defines "home improvement" as the addition to or alteration, conversion, improvement, modernization, remodeling, repair, or replacement of a building or part of a building that is used or designed to be used as a residence or dwelling place or a structure adjacent to that building; or an improvement to land adjacent to the building. For more information, please call MHIC at 410-230-6309 or e-mail DLOPLMHIC-DLLR@maryland.gov.

In each residence built prior to 1978, the EPA requires anyone performing renovation, repair or painting projects that disturb lead-based paint to obtain an EPA certification and follow-lead safe work practices. Contractors must (1) provide a copy of EPA's lead hazard information pamphlet to the occupants; (2) contain the work area; (3) minimize dust; (4) clean up thoroughly; and (5) document compliance. This rule applies to any renovation, demolition, or paint project that affects six square feet of interior space or 20 square feet of exterior space. For more information, visit the EPA website.

 

Interior of Residence

  • Carpentry
  • Central vacuum systems
  • Built-in closet organizers
  • Floors
  • Marble
  • Home theatre construction
  • Painting
  • Plastering
  • Walls
  • Windows

Exterior of Residence

  • Awnings
  • Boat lifts and piers
  • Bricklaying
  • Doors
  • Driveways
  • Excavating
  • Fences
  • Flagstone
  • Grating
  • Gravel driveways
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • House moving
  • Landscaping
  • Painting
  • Patios
  • Paving
  • Pointing
  • Sidewalks
  • Siding
  • Railings
  • Roofs
  • Shore erosion control
  • Sod (when landscaping)
  • Stairs
  • Stucco

Accessibility Features

  • Chair lifts for stairs
  • Overhead lift systems
  • Ramps

Cleaning and Treatments

  • Acid cleaning
  • Acoustical treatment
  • Chemical powerwash
  • Glaziers
  • Lead paint abatement
  • Radon gas mitigation
  • Sandblasting
  • Sealants
  • Waterproofing

Doors and Windows

  • Doors
  • Screens
  • Skylights
  • Stained glass
  • Shutters (exterior)
  • Storm doors
  • Storm windows
  • Window tinting
  • Windows

Energy Conservation

  • Insulation
  • Solar panel systems
  • Windmill foundations

Fire

  • Chimney repairs
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Fire escapes
  • Fireplaces

Floors and Walls

  • Caulking
  • Ceilings
  • Drywall
  • Floating floors
  • Linoleum
  • Paneling
  • Terrazzo
  • Tile
  • Wallpapering
  • Wall coverings
  • Wood flooring

Iron/Stone/Marble

  • Aluminum
  • Masonry
  • Iron, ornamental railings
  • Stone-cast

Kitchen and Bath

  • Bathroom
  • Cabinets
  • Kitchen
  • Shower and bath enclosures
  • Sinks and countertops
  • Tile
  • Vanities

Pools/Hot Tubs

  • Hot tubs - permanent
  • Pools
  • Pool covers
  • Pool houses

Structures

  • Carports
  • Club rooms
  • Decks
  • Fallout shelters
  • Foundations
  • Garages
  • Piers
  • Pole buildings
  • Porch enclosures
  • Porches
  • Retaining walls
  • Sunrooms