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Home Renovation Ideas to Update an Older Home

Interested in getting the new home feel, but don’t want to pay the new home price? You could buy an old home and renovate it to look and feel like a new home. We have compiled a list of home renovation ideas that may help you turn an older home into your dream home without the new home price tag.

Paint & Paper

Outdated colors are one of the most obvious signs you’re in an older home. Colors and patterns go through cycles, and what was once in vogue can fall out of style. Thankfully, painting and wallpaper are some of the least expensive renovations you can do, and they have one of the biggest impacts on your space! Replace paint colors or take down worn and dated wallpaper, so you can put together a color scheme that reflects you.

Paint Cabinets

Painting doesn’t have to be limited to just your walls and doors. If you want to update your kitchen without spending a lot of money, consider giving your dated cabinets new life with a new coat of paint or stain. A new color can breathe new life into the cabinetry at a fraction of the cost that replacing them would be.


While you’re giving your cabinets a fresh look, consider doing the same to the hardware. You do not have to limit your hardware update to the cabinetry handles. Consider updating your towel rods, door handles, and light switch covers too. Making this change can do a lot for the overall aesthetics of a room. If you don’t want to commit to changing all the hardware in the house, make sure the metal finish of any new hardware you bring in matches the existing hardware.

Front Door

If you’re trying to put your stamp on a place, the front door is a great place to start. You don’t have to replace it with a new one. You could simply paint and/or swap out the handle and locks to be more in line with your style.


You can go further updating fixtures by also updating your plumbing. Touching up your plumbing sounds scary, but it doesn’t have to be if you don’t go into the wall. You can still achieve a modern look even with the existing layout. Staying out of the wall saves on cost. You can replace your showerhead in minutes, and the sink faucets or spouts can be replaced in less than an hour. Replacing dated and drippy faucets for a new fixture makes a big difference in looks and functionality.

Update the Lighting

Lighting is a way to transform a space. You can go for the complex lighting updates by a installing a new fixture or integrating a dimmer switch. Or, you can keep it simple and budget-friendly by replacing dim incandescent bulbs for brighter and more cost-effective LED bulbs. Speaking of bulbs…

Smart Tech

Some home improvement projects are as simple as screwing in a light bulb. Smart home products have increased in popularity over the past few years, and the trend doesn’t seem to be cooling down anytime soon. It’s no longer just your computer that connects to the internet. They have smart light bulbs, smart thermostats, smart TV’s, smart locks, smart security systems, smart outlets, and even smart appliances that can all be controlled by smart devices such as Google Home, Amazon Echo, or even your phone.

This list of ideas is completely customizable. Feel free to use as many or as few as you’d like to transform your older home into your dream home. Have an older home that you’re ready to buy and transform now? Learn what your loan options are. Check out our locations page or call 800-759-7224 to find a loan officer in your area.