My bank went completely insane and pre-approved me for a home loan (poor suckers :D) (just kidding - I’m still giddy that they gave it to me!) so Wednesday I’m going around with a realtor to look at about 8 properties that she and I have found that fall in my price range. My price range being on the low end, I expect that anything I find is going to need some work, which I’m fine with as long as it isn’t anything major (a leaky toilet would be okay; a leaky roof, not so much).
I’ve never done this before. I know about looking for obvious signs of damage, asking about utilities, that kind of thing, but what else should I be looking for and asking about? Advice, anecdotes, handy tips that might help keep me from getting screwed would be much appreciated. I’m in Missouri, BTW, in case we have any MO-Dopers who know something about real estate!