Not sure about foreclosed homes in OH, but in FL while many of these properties sat empty for years prior owners, and other thieves ransacked many of these homes. The most popular item of theft is anything that has copper in it. I have seen lots of foreclosures with all of the electrical wiring stolen from the walls, attic, and crawl space. Ac systems stolen, plumbing pipes stolen, you name it. As others mentioned above if the bank refuses to turn on water or power that should be a big clue to the condition of the home. Experienced investors with cash buy these kind of homes all the time, because they know what it costs to fix and usually the bank already has these homes at a huge discount. Keep in mind most investors can't even get insurance on these homes until the repairs are made and the home is livable, other than a expensive fire policy only.
Going forward I wouldn't waste your time trying to get the bank to repair the home. The Bank is not going to do it because there are plenty of other buyers who will purchase the home as is. Even though these homes can seem like a great deal, they usually are the best deal for investors, not owner occupiers. Hope this helps and enjoy the home hunt.