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  • Writer's pictureDave Dail

Little details can make a big impact. This is especially true when looking at selling your home. Even if you do not have a brand new home, or a beautiful updated kitchen, you can make small improvements that give an updated feel.

Below is a list of 5 inexpensive upgrades that can help update your home.

1. Paint-

Paint is one of the simplest ways to update your home. By adding an accent wall or painting the whole room, you can give a new look and feel to the space.

Even if you just repaint the same color you already have on the walls, your room will be refreshed. It will feel newer and cleaner than before.

Paint is cheap compared to buying furniture, or remodeling.

Aside from walls, you can also paint trim, cabinets, doors and even brick fireplaces.

There are many ideas on how to creatively use paint on social media. There are more uses for paint than what is listed here. Check out sites like Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration.

2. Replace Sink Faucets-

Maybe you don’t have it in your budget to purchase an entire new sink or vanity in your bathroom.

Maybe your sink and vanity are old but have held up just fine. But maybe the faucet is outdated.

You can find some nice, trendy faucets for right around $50.

Not only are faucets fairly inexpensive, they’re an easy install. With a few YouTube videos, and some minor plumbing supplies, most homeowners should be able to install a faucet.

By purchasing a new faucet set, you can transform the way your sink looks.

3. Outlets and Switch updates-

Do you have yellow or cream switches or outlets? What about toggle switches? If you do, everyone knows your house is 30-40 years old.

Consider switching them out for white push switches and white outlets (or even ones with USB ports).

Even though switches and outlets are small, they make a huge difference in the way your room looks. They’re an eyesore and scream “this place is outdated”.

These projects are electrical and could be done with the help of an electrician. However, with some YouTube videos many homeowners can do these projects themselves.

4. Drawer and Cabinet Hardware-

Old hardware in your kitchen or bathrooms can easily out-date your space.

Buying new hardware is fairly cheap and is actually very easy to install.

With a screwdriver and measurements of your existing hardware, you can head down to your local hardware store to find new sets.

Finding sleek and trending hardware can help the oldest of cabinets look modern.

Your kitchen can look updated without completely remodeling.

Replacing hardware is a cheap and easy fix that any homeowner can do.

5. Update Lighting-

While lighting is probably the most expensive update on this list, it is still fairly inexpensive.

There is a wide range of lighting types that can fit most rooms without breaking the bank.

You can also get creative with the type of lighting you use in your room.

Decorative lights can become more of a focal point for the room.

You can find simple, updated, flush ceiling light fixtures for under $50. You can also find a variety of decorative pendant lights at home depot for less that $50 also. As long as you are not moving or changing out the type of lighting, updating fixtures is a great way to improve your space.

You can also do some DIY projects that can transform your current lighting without buying new fixtures. Pinterest also has a lot of lighting update ideas.

If picked correctly you can change the entire room with your lighting choices and not spend a ton of money.


These are some simple and inexpensive updates that work well in any room. If you are unsure about completing some of the suggested projects, please hire a professional. It may cost you more a bit more. However, the projects will be done quickly and correctly the first time (unlike a lot of DIYs).


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