Additionally the time you have to inspect a home and decide if in fact it's something you want to buy is very limited, typically 10-14 days and this requires you to be ready to descend on the house with your inspectors the day the contract gets signed and this can be difficult as the sellers of these property lack both communication skills and common courtesy.
I've attached a link below to a much longer piece I've written about buying foreclosures and encourage you or anyone thinking of buying a foreclosure to read it first. As someone who has a lot of experience with foreclosure sales I assure you they are rarely the deal most buyers falsely believe them to be.
I wish you the best of luck.
However, this does not prohibit you from conducting a home inspection to make sure that any obvious defects and issues with the property are uncovered so that you can make an informed decision whether to pursue the purchase or terminate the contract during the home inspection contingency period.
There are cases when banks will allow repair prior to home inspection. This is a case-to-case basis.
Like for instance, if the utilities have to be activated for home inspection and during this time, it was found out that the hot water tank could not be filled by water for home inspection because it was leaking, the bank had the hot water tank replaced prior to home inspection.
Other banks may have different policy. But not all policies are written in stone.
Foreclosures are sold 'as is'. However, that said, if there are safety issues it doesn't hurt to have your Realtor do a request for repairs form. All the bank can do is say 'no' but there have been instances where they will do the repairs. ONLY for safety issues, not cosmetic/non safety items.
In some Rare cases they have actually done work to prevent future repairs or on a case by case
Basis say the home is missing a heater or a stove.