If you found your dream house....
If you found your dream house, as in it had all the features you wanted (ours are double oven, front porch, land, barns), but it needed A LOT of cosmetic work, would you low ball with your offer? If so by how much?
Cosmetic work like exterior painting, interior painting, porch repair, insulation in attic, hardwood flooring refinishing and that's probably about it from the first look.
Have you found one, Theresa?
So long story short, do your homework and put every possible thing on that list of home repairs/replacements. Get an estimate for about how much it will all cost and then start negotiating. When you do start bidding you do want to go low but not so low that your bid is an insult or 'a slap in the face' so to speak. You want to show the seller that you are serious about the house and you do that by giving a reasonable bid. If you bid too low the seller can refuse to work with you (aka not sell to you). I've known people who have had this happen to them. Good luck!