Renovating or Remodeling? Which One Do You Need Right Now?

While many use renovating and remodeling interchangeably in home projects, the two are far from being the same. Although both entail home reconstruction, one may require you to get a contractor and a permit. So, which is which? Are you renovating or remodeling?

Renovating is replacing or repairing the old or damaged parts of the house such as walls, floors, roof, rooms, etc. In other words, maintaining a home’s current plan and structure while altering its appearance is renovation. On the other hand, remodeling is altering the physical structure of the house or adding a part, a room, or another floor.

Remodeling may require you to hire a contractor or maybe even a building permit, depending on your locale’s building code. Therefore, it is not a matter of choosing the better option for your home project tools because renovating and remodeling are two entirely different approaches to home improvement. It depends on what kind of changes you want to do to your home. So, the next time you talk to a home improvement provider, you know what to say.

This time let us walk you through which home improvement classify as a renovation or remodel: Renovation includes but is not limited to the following: 

  • Modernizing plumbing equipment
  • Painting
  • Floor refinishing
  • Cabinet refacing
  • Replacing the door hardware
  • Putting additional trim

Remodeling includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Adding a part or a room to the building
  • Creating different floor layout
  • Adding a basement
  • Adding another floor
  • Taking down walls
  • Adding a central air conditioning
  • Constructing a patio or a deck
  • Adding a bedroom suite

Remodeling your house may improve many aspects of it, including the way it feels and looks, how useful and efficient it is, and how much value and appeal it adds. Before beginning a project, you should weigh your alternatives and compare bids because home renovation may also be expensive, disruptive, and difficult. 

Now that you have an idea of the two terms used in home improvement, you can now make the necessary planning and budgeting for your improvement.