I'm sure this question has been asked here a lot of different ways Work MAY require that I relocate from my current (rather pastoral) setting up to a metro area (Philly). Real estate pricing indicates that we MAY be required to look at duplexes (duplices?) running in the 80-100 year-old range. The goal is to give as little to the oil or electric man as possible, and not freeze to death. I am a pretty handy guy (no pun intended), but am not well-versed enough to walk into a potential home and say "yeah, the 30 could work here." Obviously, if there's already a stove in the house that will give me somewhere to start. But let's say there isn't. What kind of checklist would you guys (and girls) walk in with when house-shopping?