There was no way that we could afford an updated house, so I knew I’d be looking at renovations down the line. Cosmetic updates, like paint, light fixtures, curtain rods, and knobs and pulls are easy, relatively inexpensive, and make a big impact. For everything else, we are going to hire someone who knows what they’re doing. Having good bones, though, will make those renovations cheaper. The house is dated, but very livable, while we save up money for the big projects.