All of these issues are common in older homes. What you want to consider is: Are the future maintainence concerns worth it to you in order to live in this particular home/neighborhood. Your buyer's agent can help you to determine if these issues have been factored into the asking price. You will definately want to make sure that you consider them when you decide how much to offer. Also you will want to have a home inspection. You will definately want to ask the inspector specific questions such has how long should I expect the shingles to last.? The inspector will also be able to tell you if you need an asbestos expert. Has the seller had an engineer look at the support columns? If so ask to view that report. This could be a great house for the right price. A buyer's agent will help you get the answers to your questions and will negotiate on your behalf. The best part is that the buyer's agent gets paid out of the commission paid by the seller and at no cost to the buyer.
Feel free to call me if I can help you with anything.
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Impossible to comment on the crossbeam.
Asbestos siding is common in many areas. We are told it is a great insulator and a very strong product. Some people cover the siding with tyvec and vinyl and just leave it there forever.
Based on what you are telling me there were issues at some point but the owner put solutions in place (sump pump to deal with water and beam for the sagging floors). If both of those issues appear to be working per a professional inspectors opinion then it seems you are good to go. In general wet basements and settlement causing sagging floors is common so as long as each problem was fixed and in working order it seems fine.
The inspector will also take a look at the condition of the asbestos tiles then you can make a decision on how to handle (encapsulating or removing).
Just make sure the value of the home is adjusted for the condition and get yourself a buyer broker. Hope that helps!
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Good luck, let us know how you make out,
Here is a useful link on your shingle matter: http://www.mass.gov/dep/air/asbguid.htm
If it is the opinion of the licensed professional that these aforementioned items may be an issue and costly it may be time to revisit the current offer price if you are in contract with the seller.Obviously this will depend on a few factors but none of which I am sure your current Realtor can not handle.
If you are not in contract, I would not necessarily allow this to deter you from the idea of purchasing. You can place an offer based on the contingency of a satisfactory home inspection which allow you time to address these concerns.
If you would like to pass along the property address I can most certainly provide a more detailed opinion on the property.