be ready to fix some leaks. I was trying to buy a HUD home that was supposedly winterized. All they did was dump some antifreeze in drains. Never drained house pipes. All pipes frooze and when city turned water back on house flooded. HUD wouldnt move on price so we backed out since house needed full rehab after that.
I wouldnt turn anything on until property fully yours. When you do stay in house for few hours to make sure no leaks. No idea about sale and deed issues. As a purchaser I would avoid a house not ready to close so may want to wait till yours. Is there a redemption period in PA? If so how long is it? I wouldnt do anything until deed is in my name.
Wait until the house is completely yours before you spend any money renovating it or trying to sell it!
@mau pan not sure how the laws work in pa but in Georgia you legally own the property the day of the foreclosure auction even though it can take several weeks or even months for the attorney to prepare and record the deed.
So I always immediately get insurance, put utilities in my name and if it's vacant, get physical control and change the locks.
Regarding the possibility of leaks, I always ask the water company to put service in my name, unlock the meter but leave it turned off at the meter.
You can the turn it on yourself with a curb-key or a decent pair of pliers. If the meter starts spinning when you turn it on you have water running from an open valve or a leak.
I tried to read the PA statute for this, but it's a disorganized mess. My suggestion is go down to the courthouse steps and ask some of the regulars whether you can take possession the day of the sale. Statutes aren't much help from what I can find.
@Mau Pan we recently did this in Illinois. Unfortunately we had the previous owner supposedly occupying it. We purchased it on March 6 then went in front of judge, he gave her 30 days to vacate We received deed on April 26th but could not enter until the May 27th.
Yours maybe different, due to the fact it’s vacant.