My husband and I are in the process of buying a new (to us) house. The house was built in 1924. It fits our needs perfectly and the price is right. It does need some work though - as does almost any older home.
My biggest concern at the moment is the walls. So far we've only viewed the house once because it's occupied until closing. When we viewed the house, I noticed that a lot of the painted walls look "bubbly". The texture of the walls are odd as well - the only way I can explain it is as if someone covered the walls with a layer of paper mache and then painted over it. Beneath the paint, you can see overlapping layers of paper or tape or something...very odd. The walls are not flat or smooth at all. I tried to find out from the home owners as well as the real estate agent if they knew whether or not the walls had been painted over wallpaper. No one claimed they knew anything - which is a little suspicious to me since the paint looks fairly new.
So - what are the potential problems and how should a person go about fixing them? I was told by a carpenter friend that we should sand the walls and then apply a layer of mud, let it dry, and then paint over top. My husband and I are perfectly capable - as long as the problem isn't worse than we think it is. I just want to know exactly how we can get smooth walls.