I see some stuff already that needs attention, which is of course expected. It's all little things and I'm fine with that. I was hoping that the home inspector will be able to find anything MAJOR that i just don't have an eye for, but searching through this NG about home inspectors i don't get a really warm, fuzzy feeling about their abilities. By "MAJOR" i'm talking safety and structural issues. I'm especially paranoid about old wiring. Buyer legend states that the house was gutted and completely rewired top to bottom in the 1984 remodeling. There is a fairly modern-looking breaker box in the house, there are plenty of outlets everywhere and they're all 3-prong.. No GFI outlets in kitchens or bathrooms, and there are a few light fixtures in closets and a chandelier that look like they haven't been touched in about 50-70 years.
I suppose I can get the water tested for lead. I went into the basement and looked at some pipes there but I honestly can't tell what they're made of. I didn't have a magnet to check if they were iron or lead. They look cast and they're shiny black. I see some PVC down there too. I'm of the mind where I'd probably buy a kit and test it at home, and then send a sample to a local lab for a second opinion.
Walls are purported to be 16" concrete all the way up. They are 16" thick for sure, and concrete on the outside for sure, but it wouldn't surprise me if there is some brick or stone block underneath and it's just been 'resurfaced' or something. One corner of the wall has a series of really gnarly cracks that go from ground to about the middle of the 2nd floor. A trusted and respected handyman of mine looked at the cracks and at first said he was a bit concerned about them, but then looked at the inside of the basement and said they don't go all they way through so they're nothing to worry about. How would you fix a concrete wall if he's wrong? Fill the crack and hope it doesn't crumble? Knock it out and repour it, and hope you don't knock the whole house down in the process? Sounds like a major undertaking....
Like anyone else that's ever bought a house, i'm doing all the "what if? what if? what if?" stuff... :D
I'd appreciate any suggestions on things to look for in the wake of a home inspector. I know that there is so much stuff to name, and it's hard to do without actually being there to see the house firsthand, but any comment, question or discouragement is appreciated.