20 Easy Ways to Update a House

LAST UPDATED: Mar 26, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Jul 05, 2020 | By:

There are so many EASY ways to update a house! Learn where to start, what to focus your efforts on, and all the best ways to upgrade your home for less!

A white bathroom with shiplap walls and pedestal sink.

It’s easy to get distracted when you’re house hunting by the seller’s decor. One thing I have found over the years is that most buyers can’t look past seller’s personal choices, which could result in a deal for you!

Even if you’re not a diy’er or don’t want to invest a lot into a new home purchase, there are so many easy ways to update a house that can immediately increase the value.

If you love ideas for updating, you’ve got to check out 10 inexpensive ways to update a room, too! You’ll also get so many tips in 7 ways to add light to a room and 10 ways to add character to a new home.

A white dining room with modern light fixtures and a big window.

Searching for a Home to Update

In the market for a new (to you) home? Find your own hidden gem by looking for homes in neighborhoods you love, with homes that may be dated, but well-kept.

Focus on the things you can’t change (or are difficult to change) like the floor plan, natural light and lot. These are the things that are difficult or impossible to renovate!

It’s easy to focus on things like wallpaper, paint color and old light fixtures, but those can all be changed with time. Take a few snapshots so that you can play around with ideas before making an offer.

A black wall with a dated intercom system in an old home.
A white wall with a wooden switch plate cover on a light switch.

20 Easy Ways to Update Your Home

Get fun, inexpensive, and easy-to-implement ideas for updating your home. You can make big changes with small efforts and very little time!

Read on for all the details on some of our favorite home improvement projects that will make incredible changes in your home, be it new or old or somewhere in between!

Change Your Switch Plates

Update the outlets. In our lake house, the outlets and light switches were almond which made the home feel dated.

As you can see in the before and after photos above, this makes such an impact!

Sometimes outlets yellow, get painted over or are mismatched. This is a relatively easy {and very inexpensive} way to make your home feel fresh and cohesive. 

Note: if you’re not experienced in doing this, hire a licensed electrician or find a great online video source and watch a few tutorials. It’s relatively simple, yet tedious work.

Add New Door Knobs

Similar to the new doors, adding new door hardware can have just as much impact!

Adding these gorgeous brass door knobs to our home changed the feel of every room. They are an instant upgrade to help a dated space feel fresh and new.

We have used these tips over and over again to find a hidden gem. 

What are your favorite ways to update a house? I’d love to hear from you!

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