Remodeling Vs. Renovating – What is the Difference?

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Words like remodeling and renovating often get used interchangeably. However, there is a significant difference between remodeling vs. renovating a home. Here, we’ll look at the basic definition of the two terms.

Remodeling Vs. Renovating – Basic Differences   

Remodeling is a blanket term that contractors like ourselves use to describe transformative home improvements. At 800 Remodeling, we offer kitchen, bathroom, interior, and exterior remodeling. If you want to revamp your property and add value—you are looking to remodel.

By comparison, renovating a home takes place when major (non-optional) home repairs are necessary. You won’t remodel a bathroom in a home that is in a state of disrepair. Instead, you’ll need to renovate first.

What is Remodeling? 

At 800 Remodeling, we classify remodeling as any transformative home improvement work that is designed to a value. However, we’re not just talking about monetary value.

How we live and relax in our homes, changes thanks to the development of new technologies. 

As recently as the 1990s, the average home toilet was guilty of consuming up to 7 gallons of water per flush. Today, the average toilet consumes just 1.8 gallons of water per flush. Remodeling a bathroom can, therefore, help you make substantial energy savings.

  • Remodeling helps homeowners cut utility costs by upgrading appliances, heating systems, and home insulation.
  • A remodel adds extra livability to a property by improving home comfort, convenience, and the aesthetic appearance of a property.
  • By upgrading and modernizing home design styles, remodeling can add extra market value to your Los Angeles home.

What are Renovations?

Renovations are different from remodeling as renovations often won’t be optional. Typically, it will be necessary to renovate, just to make a property habitable.   

If you have bought a home that has been vacant for a number of years, it may be necessary to renovate to repair structural damage. Some intact older buildings may also not be up to current building codes or contemporary living standards.

  • Renovating resurrects part or all of a home to make a property suitable for habitation.
  • When planning a renovation, it will often be necessary to invest in construction services to repair structural damage and change property layouts.
  • Renovating repairs home structures and features, but does not add anything that wasn’t there already. 

Renovations can also be minor. Exterior renovations, for example, are often undertaken when it is necessary to replace older roofs and home siding.

Remodeling Vs. Renovating in Terms of Cost

When it comes to remodeling vs. renovating, remodeling a home will always cost more on average. This is due to the fact that when remodeling, it is necessary to budget for new construction and substantial overhauling of existing home plumbing and wiring. 

Home renovations, can, of course, cost more when an entire home needs restoring to a habitable state. However, renovation work only restores a home to a livable state. What renovations don’t do is transform the design of existing bathrooms, bedrooms, or kitchens, etc.

Is it Time You Thought About Remodeling Your Home?

At 800 Remodeling, we are first in Los Angeles for value-adding residential remodeling services. However, we also offer general contractor and roofing services. This being the case, we can also help with local home renovations.

Is your home in need of major restoration or remodeling work? If so, contact 800 Remodeling now by clicking here to speak to one of our team.