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Picture this: you are looking to upgrade your outdated home and are looking for someone to hire. You look amongst home remodelers and home renovators whilst treating them interchangeably because at the end of the day they do the exact same thing with different names, right? Wrong. The fact that the labels remodel and renovation are used interchangeably incredibly often comes to show that not a lot of people take the time to look into small details. Although these two labels are treated as if they mean the exact same thing, they are actually completely different when it comes to the home building industry. Knowing the difference between home remodelers and home renovators is crucial when you are looking to upgrade your home in order to avoid contacting the wrong people and being told that the job cannot be done or in order to avoid hiring people who do not specialize in the task that you need done. Luckily for you, the team of professional builders and Style & Structure have broken down home remodeling and home renovating to the core in order to make the difference between the two crystal clear for you.

What is Home Remodeling?

By raw definition, to remodel means to change the structure, shape, or appearance of something. When applied to a house, this means that you are actually altering the home by changing the entire structure of your home, which will leave the blueprint of your home looking different. This includes doing tasks such as taking a wall down in order to make a room bigger, adding a room, removing a room, etc., and can ultimately result in changing the use of space by reconfiguring the floor plan. Home remodeling is often done to improve functionality, meaning that you alter your home in such a way that makes it easier to work with. An example of this would be adding kitchen island for more cooking space. All in all, regardless of whether you add or remove walls, raise ceilings, expand the square footage of your home, or alter the floor plan in any way, you are remodeling your home and breathing new life into your home.

What is Home Renovating?

The definition of the word renovate is to restore (something old, especially a building) to a good state of repair, or to make new again. Renovating a home, therefore, meaning that you are simply working with something that you already have and altering it in order to make it better, whether it’s because your home is old or because you are simply sick of the way your home looks and feels. When it comes to renovating, you can renew your home by re-painting, re-facing cabinets, installing new lights, or redoing finishes on certain surfaces. These things will bring worn down parts of your home back to life. You can also upgrade your home by updating it to a new, modern standard. This includes redoing the floors, replacing furniture and amenities, etc. Lastly, you can renovate your home simply to improve the aesthetics of your home. There are not any significant alterations to the existing structure of your home, but your home looks more attractive.

Do I Need a Permit?

A permit serves the purpose of indicating that proper building codes are followed. More often than not, local planning authorities require a permit whenever any building is altered. With that said, it’s important that you look into the laws of where you live to become familiar with the process of attaining a permit.

Renovating is a Better Return on Investment

Because renovating is cheaper than remodeling, you won’t be spending too much money in order to upgrade your home. Renovating increases the value of your home because it involves repairing and updating your home’s features. Remodeling, on the other hand, involves changing the structure of your home without worrying about the condition of the pre-existent home, which wouldn’t increase the value of your home as much

Upgrade Your Home Today!

Now that you can distinguish remodeling from renovating, you’re able to make the right call for your home and hire the right people. If your home needs remodeling or renovating services, feel free to contact us and our team of professional builders will be in contact with you as soon as possible.