Thanks for the reply... and yes! We do intend to do as you say.
I wasn't all that clear in my question. I'm wondering what to 'look' for in the properties that come before us for consideration. Before we even get to the hire-the-inspector and Make-an-offer stage.
For example, what about..
When do cracks in foundations of houses that old... signal a major problem? Are there different issues with say, ledge/hand laid fieldstone foundations?
Are there special issues with old farmhouse roofs or even bearing walls? In northern maine, what is the best/favorable roof pitch or design?
That's kinda the information I'm looking for.
But you are oh, so right.... we will hire that inspector. And I've bookmarked the website. Thanks so much!