If you just bought a manual miter box, a simple modification will extend its useful service life. Insert and fasten a piece of 1x stock to the inside bottom of the box. The saw blade will then cut into the false bottom, without damaging the miter box itself. Occasionally move the wood back and forth, or turn it over, to spread out the wear. When badly cut up, just replace the piece.
Ventilation for crawl space and basement areas is a necessary in preventing mildew, musty odors, and even rot.
To store project plans, reference materials and magazine clippings, keep at least one two-drawer file cabinet in your workshop. You may be able to tuck them under existing workbenches. Or, if you will be building new workbenches, design them to accommodate the file-drawer cabinets.
Contingency clauses should satisfy the concerns of both the buyer and seller. Buyers also can protect themselves by inserting additional necessary contingencies. Indicate which items like curtains and appliances are to remain with the house. Then stipulate you have the right to personally inspect the home 24 hours before closing to make sure all is in order.