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More often than not, renovating your home sounds like a great idea until you start seeing price tags. The fact is most major renovations are going to cost a pretty penny or two, but there are still projects you can tackle that will refresh your home without having to shell out a ton of money. If you're ready to rejuvenate your house, try one of these affordable home renovations you can make on a budget.

Clean Your Home's Exterior

Know what is sure to make you feel in love with your home again? Charming curb appeal! Cleaning the gunk off your home's exterior is a great first step. Whether you go with a bucket of cleaning product and a brush or rent a pressure washer, restoring the shine to your home's façade will make it feel new again.

Repaint Your Front Door

While you're at it, add some new paint to your front door or exterior accents. Think bold colors if you really want your home to stand out!

Change Your Doorknobs, Handles, and Hinges

They may seem inconsequential, but you'd be surprised how much of a difference it makes to update these small items. Installation is super easy, too!

Create More Kitchen Storage

Lack of storage space is a kiss of death for any kitchen, so don't let this tragic fate befall yours. Take advantage of empty walls by installing open shelving to hold more dishes and cookware. It's a smart solution to a common problem, and it's way more affordable than redoing your cabinets.

Update Your Lampshades

Along with doorknobs and hinges, lampshades probably don't top your list of renovations that matter. But you should update that list, because updating lampshades can liven up an entire room.

Replace Light Switch Plates

Out with the dingy, yellowing light switch plates and in with clean, bright plates. For extra pizazz, go with stainless steel plates for the kitchen or even bathrooms.

Paint the Walls

If it works for the exterior, a fresh coat of paint can bring new life to any room. Painting the walls can even represent a complete thematic change for the room, so feel free to change up the entire décor to match the new wall color.

Install a New Backsplash

Backsplashes are great additions to any kitchen, not just because they look great, but because they can make your kitchen appear as though it's undergone major renovations. You don't even need expensive tools; peel-and-stick tiles are easy to apply and look just as great as the real deal.

Overhaul the Bathrooms

Go all-out with the bathrooms: change the shower curtain, get new decorative towels, swap the rugs, establish a whole new color scheme. On the hardware side, you can install new shower heads with specialty settings, replace your shower door with a more attractive one, and so much more without dropping hundreds of dollars.

Give Your Flooring its Shine Back

No matter how handsome your flooring is, tile, carpet, and wood will wear with time and use. Rather than gut your flooring and replace it with expensive new materials, invest in a good cleaning product specific for your flooring type. A deep clean every few months will keep your floor looking freshly installed.

Install New Curtains or Blinds

Typical vinyl blinds can be basic and drab, so replace them with something a little cozier like wooden blinds. The same goes for your curtains – a simple switch to something bold can make your room feel new again.

Rearrange Your Furniture

Unless your furniture is no longer functional, there really isn't a need to replace it for renovation purposes. Instead, move it around! Creating new spaces and restructuring the flow of the room can accomplish the same result as doling out hundreds for new furniture.

Hang More Mirrors

Mirror mirror on the wall, which room is the fairest of them all? Any room with a few mirrors on display! They'll open the space, making it appear larger and reflect light to brighten it up.


Decluttering is just as effective at livening your home as it is at getting your home ready to sell. It gives the illusion of more space while making your home that much more inviting.

Install New Trimwork

Accentuate your walls and doors with new trimwork or crown molding. Whether you go ornate or reserved with your trim choices, this small project can refresh a room in just a few days.

Smarten Your Home

If your home isn't already armed with smart devices, consider installing a few. Just about every aspect of your home can be controlled by a smart device, from thermostats and lights to door locks and security systems. You can even link most devices to a single hub like a Google Home or Amazon Echo for easier control. Technological renovations can be just as important as physical renovations!

Upgrade an Affordable Appliance

A fancy new refrigerator probably won't fit your budget, but a smaller upgrade could! Look for appliances you use often when searching for affordable appliance upgrades, like the microwave or coffee maker.

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