I have had a home inspection for all of my past home purchases. I am always disappointed at how little they find. The last home inspection my buddy (home improvement pro) and I found twice as much as the inspectors. The good thing was that they agreed with everything we found and put it on the list. I will hire one again, but only to have the faults written down by the cetified inspector, I won't count on them to find everything. I have actually looked at most the major stuff during the showing. The additions look great, the old farm house... not so much, but nothing that can't be fixed. My dad and I built his house from the ground up, we did not hire out for anything except the block work. So, I feel confident that the house is in good shape, but being built in 1920, I'm sure there will plenty to update and fix, especially hiden behind the walls.
Very nice property Todd, I would make sure you get a competent home inspector who knows his or her stuff to go over everything, electrical, plumbing, structure. I’m sure you know all that!!! But that would be your best investment. Also when you go to sell your current house it would advised to stage it first before anyone comes to view it. I just sold my place in the city and moved to the country and a little paint and remove any clutter goes a long way when showing. I had an appraiser, appraise my town house for $160,000.00 and the realtor thought the same. It sold within 24hr for $184,000.00 with multiple offers. I know you will make the right choice for your family, good luck and best wishes in you new home.
Our current house has been completely remodeled during the last 4 years, so I am sure it will show well. Not much is for sale around me, so.... comps will be a problem.