My partner and I are considering buying a house built in 1950 - I know it's not terribly old - but we're put off by the fact that the back half of the house (though beautiful) is about three inches lower than the rest. From the kitchen to dining room is a step down, the master bedroom slopes along the same line, and even the area in the basement is uneven. It is most definitely a "new" addition, within the past five or ten years, but I don't know if it's sinking or if it was just built three inches lower. The house was also remodeled in the last year before going on the market - there are many "layers" here!
We're making an offer on it Wednesday contingent on the approval of a structural engineer...but I'm wondering if anyone else has experience with the livability of such a thing? I don't want to drown a few thousand just to figure out that it would take a second mortage to make sure the back half doesn't topple down onto that lovely back yard. Maybe there's something I can look for on my own to figure out whether this is a risk I want to take, or whether I should move on to the second choice house (oh, an ode to shag carpets and avocado walls...)?