Remodeling Updates That Won’t Break The Bank

If you live in an older home that needs some updating but can't afford the price tag that goes along with the remodel work at this time, there are a few things you can do to help give your home the look of an upgrade without breaking your budget. Some of these things you can even do yourself if you're handy with some tools. See below for some remodeling updates that will give you the most bang for your buck.

Update Light Fixtures

Take out those old ugly brass or bubble light fixtures and invest in some newer light fixtures—fixtures such as oil rubbed bronze or brushed nickle fixtures, new ceiling fans, or even a beautiful chandelier light. You can find updated fixtures at your local hardware store that aren't too expensive, or you can look online. Be sure to turn off the power to the fixture before attempting to replace any light fixture and read the manufacturer's directions for help when replacing.

Replace Faucets

Replace outdated faucets with newer, more modern faucets. If you can't afford to replace them all, only replace your kitchen faucet or bathroom faucets that guests may use. Faucets can get pricey, so look for one that is middle of the road in price. Cheaper faucets may look nice, but can break easily. Invest in a brand that is reputable and will hold up over time and use.


Paint is one of the cheapest ways to update a home. It can be done yourself, even if you don't have a steady hand. Use painter's tape, and take your time when painting. Cut in the paint around the room with a 2 1/2 inch angled paintbrush and roll the paint on the walls using a 3/8" nap roller. Invest in good rollers and brushes, as well as quality paint. Look for paint that has primer and paint in one, this helps cover your walls in less coats of paint, which can save you money overall. Paint your walls using neutral, lighter colors to make your home appear larger. Painting your baseboards can also update your home. Use semi-gloss paint on your baseboards to make them pop.

Remodeling your home can sometimes be costly depending on the type of work you want to have done. Smaller updates can be done yourself to help give your home a more modern look and feel without costing you too much money. Leave the larger projects to a professional remodeling company.