These Are The Differences Between Remodeling and Renovation



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Many people use the words renovation and remodeling interchangeably because they think it means the same thing. People working in the housing industry know these two words have different meanings.

While both of them involve physical changes to a property, there are a lot of differences between them. It is important to know what remodeling & renovation entails, especially if you are considering making changes to your property.


The Real Difference Between Remodeling and Renovation Are As Follows:


Renovations will usually involve restoration work, repainting the walls or cabinets, updating outdated/old features, or replacing hardware/fixtures.

The main goal of a renovation is trying to get the property in the initial condition, but it doesn’t mean replacing or changing it entirely. You can use it to add value to a property before selling it. This is why renovation projects tend to be small scale.

Remodeling will include changing the layout or structure of the home and will feel like the property has been transformed, instead of updating a room or two. It can also lead to a change of how a given space is used (this can be more than one space at once).


On occasions, remodeling a space may require the need of obtaining permits from the city. Permits are normally required when structural components of the original floor plan or home footprint (size of home) is changed.

For the most part, it’s always best to consult with a designer and or a licensed contractor to determine if you need building permits. We can take care of all of this for you with a simple phone call and free estimate.


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Examples of a renovation contractors will do are:


  • Refacing cabinets
  • Repainting
  • Replacing windows
  • Installing new light fixtures
  • Adding new hardware
  • Updating appliances
  • Replacing outdated systems
  • Replacing tiles or flooring

Common remodeling contractor projects include:


  • Installing a kitchen island or new kitchen countertops
  • Combining two rooms into one (conversions)
  • Removing walls (expansions)
  • Changing the layout of the room (re-design/convesion)
  • Raising ceilings (modifications)

What are the differences in costs?


Remodeling projects cost more because they are more involved compared to renovations. A remodeling project will also need more professional assistance, with some of the experts being electricians, architects, plumbers, and more. Since renovations are normally smaller in scope, the prices will be smaller as well.

Choosing between the two


Deciding whether to remodel or renovate is one of the big decisions you have to make if you are looking to make some changes to your property. The first thing you need to look at is the budget you have, how much time you have, and the goals you have.

If you want to improve how the house looks by updating a couple of areas before selling it, then the best route might be renovations. If you are planning to stay in the property for long and you don’t like the functionality and/or look of the house, then remodeling is the better option. Remodeling can end up being beneficial because it can mean less maintenance later.

So now that you know the difference between remodeling and renovation, why not schedule a free estimate now?


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