Thanks a million, guys!
I would have posted a link to exterior pics, but am unable to as a newbie.
Your posts give me some good ideas of things to look for when/if we look at this house. I can imagine my realtor rolling her eyes as I pull out my level . . .
And my plan would be to give it a thorough walk through once, and then a second time with a contractor.
How is it best to approach contractors with such a request? I realize that their time is valuable. Is it appropriate to offer a couple of hundred $ to ask a contractor to accompany you during inspection of a property you do not own, with the provision that that would be taken off any bill should you end up hiring them for services over a certain amount? Is this type of thing common, totally unusual, or somewhere in between?
The 20% figure is a very comfortable ballpark for me. The house is listed for $370K. Would hope/expect to pay somewhat less. As is, the house is probably under 1500sq ft, including the enclosed porch. Full unfinished basement should make reworking utilities easier.
The listing price is at least $100K below the equity we hope/expect to get from our current home. Simply put - if we can't get at least $500K, we ain't moving!
Anyone want to toss out another WAG as to costs? I'd greatly appreciate it.