How to Update on a Budget

Update on a BudgetThe green on the walls looks like it came from the 1970s and the shag carpet isn’t much better. Worse yet, you may live in a house that hasn’t been updated since it was built in the 1960s or even back in the 1920s. Depending on how much work needs to be done on the core components like electrical and plumbing, you may have very little left over for cosmetic changes. Whether your home still has the funky glamour of the 80s or the quaint pastels of the 50s, you can bring the space into the 21st century with just a few dollars.


Get rid of the colors of the past and select something modern. Neutrals will make the space feel fresh and new and work with whatever other aspects of the room can’t be updated right now. This is one of the cheapest ways to change the look of a room. You can even paint the cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom if you can’t afford to replace them.

Update Hardware

Another way to make updates to an outdated space is by changing out the hardware. Install new door handles, cabinet knobs and pulls and faucets. None of these items are too expensive, but they can have a big impact on the room.

Install New Lighting

Another way to make the room feel and look like new is by adding new lighting. Once the electricity has been upgraded, you can easily add recessed lighting or new ceiling fixtures. Even if you can’t afford to install additional lighting, you can replace the old fixtures with something more modern.


While new floors aren’t cheap to install, you can find out if there’s hardwood under the existing floor. If so or if you have hardwood floors that just need to be sanded and re-stained, you can do this work yourself for just the cost of renting equipment and buying supplies.

Updating a home that hasn’t had any changes for years or decades can be expensive. However, you can find low-cost options to make your home feel newer until you can budget in a complete renovation. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and help you find your dream home.

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
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