Some people would say the four words are synonymous. Others might distinguish in this way:

  • Updating simply brings a few things up to date, such as new water-saving faucets or energy-efficient appliances, or new energy-efficient windows.
  • Remodeling would be moving or removing walls, building an addition or making other major changes in a house to make it more comfortable, more functional, more energy-efficient or more marketable.
  • Renovation means to make new again, thus a remodel that makes the home or some part of the home new again. You might do an electrical system renovation, for example.
  • Restoring means returning the house to its original condition, usually with reference to older and historic homes.

Frequently Asked Questions:
 
Question: What is the difference between renovation and upgrade?
 
Question: Home Remodeling vs Renovation. What is the difference?
 
Question: How to use remodeling and renovation cost estimator to create a remodeling budget?
 
Question: What is renovating?
 
Question: Remodel vs Rebuild. What is the difference and which one do I need?