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SCROGGS BLOG // Renovating vs. Remodeling: What’s the Difference?

You have likely heard the words “renovation” and “remodel” a handful of times. But do you know the difference? If you understand the terminology before planning home improvements or consulting a contractor, you are more likely to achieve the desired outcome.   

While renovating and remodeling can enhance your home, the two vary. Our expert team at Scroggs Construction is here to help you nail down the project that perfectly suits your home.

Remodeling is more time-consuming and labor-intensive than renovating.

What Is a Home Renovation?

A home renovation refreshes old spaces, making something old look and feel new. These types of projects tidy up your home’s aesthetics. The most appealing part about home renovations is they typically won’t break the bank and are finished quickly. Here is a list of things to know about renovating: 

  • Renovations commonly cost less  
  • DIY-friendly
  • Permits are not generally required 
  • Revives a space without tremendous changes
  • Takes less time 
  • Usually requires fewer people

If you’re considering renovating your home, be organized and devise a plan. Other considerations include: 

  • Ensure your home is safe. If there’s structural damage, be sure to take care of that before the project. 
  • Know when to hire a professional
  • Create a budget. Understand how much you’ll need to spend to meet your expectations.

Deciding whether to renovate or remodel your home is challenging, but a great place to start is to create a realistic budget
and set a timeline for your project.

What Is a Home Remodel?

On the other hand, remodeling creates something new out of something old, like a reconstruction. Generally, these projects require hiring professionals, such as a general contractor, electrician, plumber, or architect. Remodeling is more time-consuming and labor-intensive than renovating. It also can be significantly more expensive, depending on the project scale. Here is a list of things to know about remodeling: 

  • Remodeling can be costly but cheaper than buying a new home 
  • Usually large-scale projects
  • Often requires a permit 
  • Involves professional help 
  • May alter a space’s use 
  • Can add significant value to your home

If you’ve been in your house for a while, you may still enjoy it though it doesn’t completely fit your current needs. Rather than moving, consider remodeling. Here are essential things to think about before making a decision. 

  • Do you have an emotional attachment to your home? A remodel may be the best option if you have strong ties to your neighborhood and home.
  • Create a realistic budget. It is critical when choosing whether to stay in your current home or search for another. You could spend just as much or the same amount as a new home if your remodel requires extensive work.  
  • Are you in need of more room or more rooms? Our expert designers can help you create additional rooms if a reconfiguration makes sense for your home.

Which Is Right for You?

Deciding whether to renovate or remodel your home is challenging, but a great place to start is to create a realistic budget and set a timeline for your project. If you’re looking for a quick aesthetic solution that requires a smaller investment upfront, a renovation might be your best bet. However, if you aren’t pleased with your home’s appearance or functionality and want to increase its overall value, you might consider a remodel. 

At Scroggs Construction, we understand home remodels and home-building projects are challenging. We manage complex projects and are one of the few remodeling and construction companies that handle our design work in-house. Our service and expertise are unmatched. Give us a call! Let’s turn your vision into reality.