8 Ways to Transform Your Home Without Remodeling

Thanks to guest contributor, Lexi Klinkenberg. This article was originally published on Redfin.com, with edits and additions by Vigilant. Affiliate links are not endorsed by Vigilant.

Especially during a pandemic, home upgrades are a great way to give your home a fresh new look and feel. They can introduce functionality, make your home look like new, and provide happiness. While major remodels are expensive and time-consuming, making smaller upgrades can be more cost-efficient. Carve time out of your weekend for these 8 home upgrades that can breathe new life into your home.

1. Update your lighting

Replacing existing lighting with LED lighting or recessed fixtures can make a huge difference in your home. New lighting can reduce your electric bill, make spaces look better, and potentially reduce common heat-related risks of old-fashioned light bulbs. 

Replacing generic light bulbs with LED lights can improve the appearance of your home, inside and out. Switching from an incandescent to an LED light bulb creates a noticeable difference. This enhanced ambient lighting gives your home a more polished appearance instantly, plus LED bulbs are more energy efficient and last longer than regular bulbs. 

Recessed lighting is an excellent home upgrade that improves a room, making your space more efficient and functional. Recessed ceiling fixtures provide soft, uniform lighting throughout any room and can be outfitted with a dimming feature for even more control over the indoor lighting levels.

2. Create an entertaining space!

An unused dining room, rec room, pantry, or closet under the stairs can be configured to create the entertaining oasis of your dreams. Whether you are a cigar aficionado, wine connoisseur – or both – handcrafted, quality furniture protects and displays your passions beautifully.

No more keeping coveted wine bottles on a kitchen counter or in the pantry, or storing your cigars in the drawer of a makeshift work-from-home desk. Start 2021 with an investment, not just for your home, but your well-being!

3. Replace or refinish flooring

Years of use can fill your gorgeous hardwood floors with dents, scratches, and other signs of wear. Restoring your flooring to its former glory can help improve the look of your interior. There are essentially two options: completely replace your hardwoods, or have them refinished. While replacing floors is more expensive, it offers beauty and greater longevity. 

If you go the route of refinishing, you’ll save some money and your floors will still look great. A good refinishing job followed up by routine maintenance ensures a beautiful floor for years to come. Whether replacing or finishing your floors, call a professional to help so you can avoid any DIY flooring mistakes

4. Add new cabinetry 

New cabinets are an excellent home upgrade whether you live in a condo in Miami or a mansion in Atlanta. If your existing cabinets are dated or don’t quite match the design of your home, this is the perfect opportunity to have new ones installed, or your old ones refaced. Updating your cabinets is a great way to spruce up your kitchen or give it a whole new look. 

If you intend to sell your home in the future, new cabinets can also increase your home value. Since the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, it can make an especially great impression on prospective buyers.

5. Apply new paint 

A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your home. Whether you have a new design idea, or you simply want to make a room shine like it used to, new paint is the way to go. Opt for neutral colors on walls, trim, and baseboards. Colors such as light grey, cream, and other soft neutrals are ideal. If you have children and their rooms are all shades of bright green, blue, and pink consider painting those to match the rest of your home. Having this neutral base will make your home easy to design and give it that updated sophisticated look. Consider hiring a professional to help with this project. Painting can be difficult and hiring a professional will ensure it looks great when it’s finished.

6. Upgrade your bathroom with mini-renovations 

There are countless affordable bathroom renovation ideas that can make your bathroom feel new. While a major remodel can cost tens of thousands, small renovations to your bathroom can make all of the difference without the added costs. Simple bathroom upgrades such as replacing your flooring or tile, installing a new faucet, painting, purchasing a new bathroom vanity, or refreshing bathroom cabinets with new hardware can give your bathroom a completely upgraded look. 

7. Organize and clean

Home organization makes your living areas less cluttered and opens up space. After you’ve been living in your home for an extended period of time, belongings begin to pile up and overtake areas they shouldn’t. Go room by room to get rid of things no longer used and add organizational storage to give items you do still use a proper home. Hiring a professional organizer to make the decluttering process easier and more efficient.

An old-fashioned deep cleaning is also one of the best home upgrades you can make. It’s ideal to have your home deep cleaned by a professional at least once a month, but if you haven’t had your home deep cleaned in a while it’s a must. Dirt, stains, and dust aren’t just eyesores, after all. Dust buildup can become noticeable to the point it reduces air quality in your home. Having all surfaces wiped down, getting underneath the couch, around the frames, and making your home shine is worthwhile – your home will look better and you’ll feel better living in it.

8. Replace outdated window treatments 

It’s time to lose the window treatments that are outdated, dirty, or old. Window treatments play an important role in room design by softening a room’s hard edges and managing light control. Window treatments can hide many problems, emphasize focal points, block out an unattractive view, or make up for a lack of privacy. There are so many stylish options online you’re sure to find what works best for your space. 


Completing home upgrades every few years is a great way to keep up your home’s resale value, as well as to make your home look its best. These upgrades can be simple and inexpensive and make all the difference in the look and feel of your home. Why not get started today…or this weekend!

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