Newsflash: How do you quickly assess a home you’re considering buying?

I’m new to homebuying and overwhelmed by the showing process. How do you walk into a place you’ve never seen and decide within an hour whether it’s worth making an offer on? I’m not talking about personal preferences like layout and number of rooms, but basic infrastructure and structural integrity — plumbing, foundation, windows, electric, etc. In an area with older housing stock, common issues are damp/wet basements, old windows, wood rot on exteriors, older plumbing, electric wiring of uncertain provenance, chimneys in various states of (dis)repair… What kinds of problems are no big deal (i.e., won’t make the house unlivable or unsellable or cost a fortune to fix), and which are walk-away-froms?



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