Differences Between Renovation vs. Remodel

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Most people think Renovation and Remodeling are the same things, however, technically the truth is not like that. It’s true that we often hear them being used interchangeably. But these two terms stand for a different type of home improvement.

So, what is the difference, does your house need a renovation or a remodel?

The distinction between them is the extent of the changes. A renovation involves making cosmetic updates to an existing layout; a renovation does not involve changing the structure itself. It is an act of making something existing to new or better.

On the other hand, a remodel goes deeper and does involve changing the structure and sometimes even the layout itself – usually including demolition and possibly even new construction. It’s common for a remodel to involve changing the use of the space, whether you’re changing the room’s layout or not.

For instance, a bathroom renovation may include new flooring, a fresh look on the walls, and even changing out the vanity, toilet, and/or bathtub and shower, though the plumbing and electric outlets would stay put. When bathroom remodel also includes those changes after other improvements like moving the plumbing pipes and taking out a wall so that you can add some square footage.

How do you know if your space needs a renovation or a remodel?

If your kitchen/bathroom feels dated and out-of-style, the fresh, new look a renovation provides probably all you need. If the issue is more about a lack of functionality, you may need to take out some walls and do some rearranging – a full remodel.

When you’re making the decision between renovation and remodel, one of the most important factors is the budget. You should also consider the effect of the changes will have on the value of your home when you’re ready to move on.

You should also consider that any home improvements you make will have a positive effect on the resale price of your property, though that of a remodel will be more significant.

Who will tackle the project?

You can probably get away with simply using an experienced handyman or home repair professional for a simple renovation. You may even be able to handle some of the jobs on your own when remodeling is more complex and requires a team with more specialized expertise.

Either way, it’s a good idea to seek the advice of a trusted contractor. You want to make sure that the job is done right to save money – and your sanity – in the long run.

What about the difference in cost?

It makes sense that renovations aren’t as costly. The improvements you’re making are surface issues. You’re also less likely to run into any surprises in cost because the materials and labor are easier to estimate.

On the other hand, a remodel is more expensive and may require you to get permits, which can also add to your total cost. It’s important for you to remember that a quote from a contractor will focus on the structural elements and usually won’t include the cost of appliances, such as the toilet, refrigerator, or dishwasher.

Get the help you can rely on

Talking with a qualified contractor is the first step when you’re ready for either a renovation or a remodel. Their professional team will be able to guide you through the process, from design through the finished product.

For help remodeling your home, contact Kitchen & More.