Buying a first old house
We've decided to take the plunge into home ownership, and we want an old house; one with quirks and character, but not a show place and not requiring too much work. We think we've found it at a reasonable price and made an offer, but I wondered what we should look out for during the inspection that the official inspector might miss?
The house was supposedly built sometime between 1870 and 1890. It's your basic farmhouse, with a newer addition on back for a family room and laundry. At some point a PO added cinderblock walls in the original basement, and some wood support beams perched on top of steel supports to shore up sagging floors--it looks sturdy, but maze like.
There are hardwood floors through most of the downstairs, but in three rooms they've been painted--and in pretty ugly colors. The trim is painted to match, and the walls papered. So I know there will be cosmetic changes to be made, but I want to try to avoid big budget nightmares...
Any advice would be so appreciated! I'm nervous, but I'm in love.