My husband and I want to purchase an 1853 Colonial across the street from our church. It will double our living space which will give us room to adopt. The house meets our budget, but half of it was built directly on DIRT! We weren't expecting that and since the house is already unliveable (someone was going to flip it and ran out of money) we aren't sure we can afford to fix it or do the work ourselves. What are our options? There is a small basement under the other half of the house with our water heater & etc. inside. The side of the house that was built later (on the dirt) has severely sloping floors - we call them our skating ramps! Please help!