"10 easy steps to FSBO your house"
Buying a House - Resource Center
Check your area's real estate websites (and realtor's blogs) to locate the official forms used by local real estate agents. The forms will have fill-in-the-blank boilerplate to help you think of other clauses or contingencies that you may want to attach to your offer. For example your purchase may be contingent upon you being able to obtain financing at no more than some max interest rate, or contingent upon the sale of your house by a certain date. You may want to include a clause about being able to obtain insurance (particularly flood insurance, if applicable) and what happens when the home/property inspector (or the soil engineer) finds problems.
What utilities do you already have? If the municipality brings out sewer or water or electric service to your area, are you required to connect to it and to pay the cost? Are there any assessments for maintaining the roads or bridges or other public/common property? If there's streamwater running through your property, do you have rights to use it?
And in your area-- what happens if historic artifacts or human remains are found on the lot? In Hawaii that sets off a whole chain of what a new owner would consider "bad" events.
I just read an excellent book on homesteading-- "Back To Basics"
. Reading it may give you ideas of other features you want on the property or things to watch out for. And if you build your own hydraulic ram, I want pictures!
If you haven't already, you should read Kitty's posts
and her blog
. You two might have a lot in common... or are about to.