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Karen Arustamyan

Hello, everyone.

Could you please explain the difference between:

refurbish - repair - redocarate

If my flat is old and I need to refresh it, can I say "I am going to refurbish my flat" or "repair" or anything else???

Thank you in advance

Aug 8, 2016 6:42 PM
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And by the way, you "repair" something only if it is broken.  We don't usually describe a whole property as "broken", but you might need to repair various items in it as an incidental part of the process of refurbishing it.  If the property needed serious repair, then you would "renovate" it.
August 8, 2016

"refurbish" is good for your context.  If it just needed some paint, then "redecorate" would be good.  More commonly, people say "I am going to do up my flat". 

"refresh" is not used in this situation but we would probably guess you meant "redecorate" if there was no further context.

August 8, 2016

In American English: 

You 'refurbish' something that is old and worn, but still usable.

Example: I am going to refurbish my old bike. 

Repair is for something that is broken and cannot be used.

Example: I can't drive my car, I must repair it first.

Redecorate is only used to describe a room or house that you are changing. (This can include to refurbish it. However, refurbish implies that it was old or 'worn out', or an antique.

Example: I changed the color of the walls to redecorate my room. The paint was peeling and it needed to be refurbished.

Bonus: You can use the informal "fix up / fix it up" to mean both repair or refurbish. 

Example: My bike is broken, I'm going to fix it up tomorrow. Then, I will fix up my old garage, too.

Example: I'm fixing up my dad's old car.

August 8, 2016
Мне кажется с " repair " не промахнешься))) 
August 8, 2016
Karen Arustamyan
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