Although you may have wanted to buy a new house or one that needs a few changes and repairs, to secure a bigger house and not to move shortly, a fixer-upper may have made sense to you. There is no problem with that. You should know by now that it is going to be a constant work in progress that will possibly take years if not months to get to the intended standards. Some parts of your home may be ready to occupy almost instantly while others may need some repairs and decorations to appear more presentable. The ideas below give hints and tips of what to focus on during renovations and decorations.
You should give the required attention to windows and treatments. The window frame, window panes, and interior window sill may be in poor condition for an older home. Since windows can be used to gain access into your home, they are security concerns too. Signs of wear are first visible on the window frames. It is easy to fix such issues by applying some caulking into the right areas to reseal them. You should remove any rotten wood, clean the area and replace it if at all there is any. Replace broken window panes both for aesthetic reasons and security reasons. When installing shutters for windows is also a good option since they fit to the interior and provide a more appealing appearance. If there is something going on inside the house, they will provide good security.
The doors, both front, and rear are also likely to be old. The best way to maintain the doors is by having them sanded down, applying a protective layer, refinished and then painted. By doing this, wooden doors will be close to new. By changing the visual details of an older door such as the letterbox and door knocker, you can shift the attention from the age of the door. The glass parts should also be put into account due to the security concerns they come with. You cannot afford to ignore the door locks. Some brands have flip locks which can be easily popped open by a thin metal object. The space between the door frame and the door should be reduced since it can be used to force the door open by placing a foreign object through it. You can have a deadbolt for the primary lock and a second one that is pick resistant.
There are some damp and moisture concerns that come with a more former property. Moisture can penetrate the walls and damage the interior including any insulation or cladding foam in it. You can use a dehumidifier to solve this, but you are advised to get professional help if need be.