This is something that holds a lot of people back from purchasing a home. My brother bought a home in Glendale, AZ and they had to do some garage door repairs. For him it didn't cost a lot because it wasn't serious, but I think it depends on the homeowners before you and the quality of the house.
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I would recommend getting a couple of licensed and bonded contractors to the home, prior to purchasing it, to get multiple bids. That way you will know exactly what you're in for (or at least a range). Also, remember that many forclosures are sold "as is" meaning they will not fix any issues you find during the home inspection, so you may need to add additional money to the budget if you find underlying issues with the home. Some banks are now paying for repairs, but many are not, it just depends on which bank owns the property.
Hope this helps!
Best of luck,
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