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Renovation vs. Restoration: The 3 Key Differences

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Understanding the difference between renovation and restoration will ensure you are receiving the correct services.

Many of our customers contact us after their property has received damages from either fire, water, or mold. When a property has been damaged, our crews will come and clean up the mess and make the property habitable again. Part of our process includes rebuilding a property back to its original state.  

Due to the quality craftsmanship, we have seen an increase in call volume for construction services! SERVPRO of North Fulton can provide a property owner with full construction needs starting from the ground up.

Recently, we have been getting calls where customers are mistakenly asking for the wrong construction service. For example, just last week, we received a call from a customer who wanted renovation services but called asking for restoration services. The industry standards for the two words are very different, but it can confuse anyone, not in the construction industry.

We constructed the following blog post to help clear up the confusion between restoration and renovation. In the paragraphs below, we will define the two and add three key differences that will help you discern between restoration and renovation.

What is renovation?

Renovation is the process of modernizing or fixing an outdated property. For example, we often receive renovation calls when a customer wants to update a kitchen or a bathroom. Many older properties do not have the features we consider normal today, such as granite countertops and modern-looking tile. Renovating your current property can be much cheaper than building from scratch, which is why so many people call us for our renovation services.

What is restoration?

Restoration is the process of returning a structure or item to its original condition. Most of the time, people call for restoration services because they have recently experienced a disaster on their property. Our SERVPRO restoration includes cleaning up the property and then rebuilding it to its original state. Here are the four most common restoration calls we receive:

The three key differences between the renovation and restoration

1) Scope of work

One of the most significant differences between restoration and renovation will be the scope of work. When estimating restoration repairs, a professional restorer will create a scope of work using Xactimate. Restoration services will include a more significant scope because more work needs to be performed.

On the other hand, a construction professional can deliver a renovation scope through Xactimate or another estimating software, depending on what part of the property needs renovations.

2) Time 

The average renovation of a kitchen should take around 2-3 weeks, depending on the size of the job. On the contrary, a restoration project may take roughly 3-4 weeks or even longer because the restoration team must perform the initial clean-up before the repair process begins. 

3) Payment

Payment for renovation services is much different from restoration services because the property owner will likely submit an insurance claim to their insurance company to cover restoration costs. In most cases, insurance companies do not cover renovation services because they are not considered a necessary service.

Also, the average cost of a renovation will be less than a restoration because the entire restoration process takes much longer and requires more time to clean up the initial mess. 

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We hope you enjoyed learning about the key differences between renovation and restoration! If you are interested in learning more about how SERVPRO of North Fulton can help with your renovation and restoration needs, please give our office a call today.

SERVPRO of North Fulton has been offering construction services for the last decade. Our professionals are certified and available 24/7, 365 days a year, for all your restoration and renovations needs!

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