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What’s the Difference Between Home Remodeling and Renovation?

Home RemodelingWhen it comes to changing the look and feel of your home, renovation and remodeling are terms that often get used interchangeably, but they actually have two different meanings. Understanding the difference between home remodeling and a home renovation can not only ensure that you get what you want out of a project, but it can also save time and money.

What is Home Remodeling?

Home remodeling is the process of changing the look and feel of a home by updating it. Bathroom and kitchen remodel projects are some of the most common, but you can remodel virtually any living space in and around your home. Things like replacing old wallpaper with fresh paint or changing out linoleum flooring for tile can be considered remodeling projects, but so can adding on an outdoor deck or patio. Large home remodeling projects may require permits depending on the work that needs to be done. It’s a good idea to involve home remodeling professionals such as Oliver to avoid unintentional damage to your home.

What is Home Renovation?

Renovation means to restore, so home renovation usually involves making repairs and upgrades to bring a living space up to modern standards. This may mean replacing older accessories like light fixtures and wiring, but it could also mean adding new home systems like HVAC units. Renovation projects may also require certain permits and licenses. It’s important to check with local authorities before beginning large projects that change the fundamental structure or internal systems of a home.

Home Renovation and Remodeling Can Overlap

Because renovation and remodeling are so similar, they can overlap. For example, replacing older windows in your home with new energy-efficient windows can be considered both a renovation and a remodel. It’s a renovation because it is restoring functionality to a living space, but it’s a remodel because replacing the windows updates the look and feel of the home, both inside and out.

Contact a Home Remodeling and Renovation Expert

There are plenty of ways for you to renovate and remodel your home on your own, but these types of projects have a way of becoming complex in a hurry. In most cases, a remodeling or renovation project will require a complete overhaul of an entire room, and because the home’s structure might need to be altered, you can’t afford to make mistakes.

That’s why your friends and neighbors rely on Oliver for home remodeling and renovation solutions in the Delaware Valley. The knowledgeable professionals at Oliver can work with you to assess your current needs, help you design a plan that meets your vision and create your dream living space while keeping your budget in mind. To learn more about home remodeling and renovations or to get details about your project, don’t hesitate to contact Oliver’s team of experts.

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Don’t forget our home remodeling team, who are ready to help you transform your home with a kitchen or bathroom update or even build a beautiful deck for outdoor entertaining!

Selling Your Home? Here are 6 Things to Consider Doing

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Are you considering selling your home? Don’t let little problems get in your way. There are several things you can do to make sure that your home is appealing to visitors and potential buyers. Here are some suggestions from our HVAC and plumbing service experts:

Updating your entryway

One of the first things a visitor will notice about your home is your entryway. Liven it up by giving your front door a fresh coat of paint (or even replacing it, if it’s outdated) and hanging or planting some colorful flowers. You can also add a welcome mat and a door wreath for an added warm welcome.

Replacing your HVAC system

If your HVAC system is old and inefficient, it won’t be much of a selling point to a potential buyer. Talk to the experts at Oliver about replacing your system; we carry an array of gas, electric, and oil furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, and more. We’ll help you figure out which system is the best fit for your needs and your budget.

Fixing leaks

Whether it’s your shower head, kitchen sink, bathroom faucet, or outdoor spigot, no one likes a leaky fixture. You’ll give the impression that your home is old and not taken care of, which can lower your chances of selling. If you’re unsure how to fix the leak yourself, give us a call. Even slow leaks can lead to several gallons of water lost every week, so limit your water waste and make your home buyer-ready.

Adding a deck

When it comes to home improvement projects that have a successful payback, a deck is definitely one of them. A deck increases your living space and allows for outdoor entertainment. Just by building a 16×20 ft. pressure-treated wood deck with a simple layout, you can look forward to an up to 90% payback when you go to sell your home. Our home remodeling team can help you design and build your very own deck – just call us and set up an appointment!

Updating hardware

If you don’t have the money to replace or refinish your cabinets, a simple hardware update can spruce them up and give them a whole new look. The same goes for other hardware like doorknobs and drawer pulls. Choose pieces that give your home a modern, yet elegant look.

Revising your landscaping

Before visitors notice your entryway, they’ll notice your landscaping – which means they’ll notice if you haven’t updated it in years. Take the time to trim up your trees and shrubs, replace dead plants, and add some new pieces to complement the size and shape of your home. You can even add some in-season flowers for a colorful pop.

Does Your Kitchen Or Bathroom Need A Makeover?

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 If you have a “My Dream Kitchen” Pinterest board, or spend hours pouring over bathrooms on Houzz, we have great news for you! Whether you need new cabinets, flooring, countertops, appliances, tubs, showers, tile, vanities, fixtures, radiant (in-floor) heating, or all of the above, Oliver’s plumbing, electrical, and home remodeling teams are available to help you design and build the room of your dreams. With an average of 22 years experience (over 300 years combined!) in the industry, our experts can work with any budget to provide you with amazing results and the stellar service you know and trust from Oliver.

This new partnership has been decades in the making – Scott Wilson (plumbing), Rodney Ciafre (electrical), and Danny Lovelace (home remodeling), have been collaborating on kitchen and bathroom remodels for years before their respective associations with Oliver. Bringing this team together under one roof is an exciting opportunity for our customers to make home improvements they’ve been dreaming of with a single phone call and the confidence that they’ll be getting the high quality service they know and expect from Oliver. Browse our new Pinterest boards for some inspiration, or give us a call to set your free consulation today!

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Many of us here at Oliver are planning to invest money from our tax refunds in home improvements. We’ve even got the home remodeling team making some improvements around the office, like this gorgeous custom photo display wall! If you’ve been thinking about your home improvement plans as well, keep an eye out for our spring newsletter for an exciting offer!