I'm thinking of it as a blessing in disguise but mom's upset as she really wanted the house. We're looking for a place to downsize to, as we do not need our two story house with four bedrooms and three full baths anymore. We went to look at a really beautiful place, not too far from where we are now, but in a different suburb. It is a great place, save for a few things, like water in the basement and some really big cracks in the bedrooms.
The home inspector said we should get an engineer out to look at the structure of the house. We agreed and did, while asking the people who own the house now if we could take the panels off the wall where the water is to see what the problem might be. There was no answer by the time of the appointment and it seems that it could be anything from cracks to be sealed to the house sinking. He can't tell anything without taking off the panels. So we ask again as the engineer is really nice and says he'll come back out again for us when the panels are off.
So, we get an answer yesterday. The owners say to take the house as is, no letting us see what is underneath those panels, so we're walking away from the home. It's sad, because it's really nice and spaced the way we want, but we're also not to get into a problem house that will become a money pit. We're seeing another house tomorrow and it's got a screened porch! So I'm hopeful.