Issues with buying a 1900 colonial home?

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Obviously you need a thorough inspection by a pro, but things I'd look at are the electrical service (has it been updated at all?), the basement walls (any signs of large cracks, water entry, bowing, mold, etc.). Tin ceilings can be pretty nice. My biggest concern would be the liveability of a place with only one bathroom. I know it's typical for houses that old, but it sure would be nice to have another small powder room someplace.
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I wouldn't worry too much about dirt floors, with two caveats. First, have the radon level checked or at least find a map to find the potential for radon. If you have it, you'll need to handle that and probably add a concrete floor. Second, lots of older houses had oil heat at one time or another. Check the dirt for sign of oil leaks/ spills.
As of other things, use common sense. When you go see the house, take a lead test kit with you. It's cheap protection to see what's up. In particular, check the window sills and door frames. Lead isn't too much of a concern unless the paint is in bad shape, but you should know what you're getting into.
Otherwise, good luck with it.
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