Consider an independent home inspection. Careful examination by a professional will remove all doubt! Is that tiny crack in the foundation a repair nightmare or merely settlement? Are the walls infested with termites? Does your budget have room for thousands of dollars in reconstruction costs? For a few hundred dollars you can obtain an extensive inspection report that will point you to any structural defects in the building. Be certain about the cost of repairs prior to entering into a binding contract. Write your purchase contract subject to a satisfactory home inspection so you can renegotiate if the repairs are beyond your current budget. Or opt for another home more suitable to your needs.