Q: We are flying to Palm Springs, Calif., over the weekend and are hoping to find a condo for vacations and eventual "snowbird" retirement. But, if we do find something, I am concerned that an inspection would take place without us being there. Flying back and forth repeatedly for every little thing involved in this purchase could almost cost more than the condo! Do you think a fair and thorough inspection can/will happen without the buyer being there?
A: Absolutely -- I do think a fair and thorough inspection can happen in your absence, if you put all the right ingredients in place, which we'll get to in just a moment.
However, I'd still strongly encourage you to attend your inspection. I agree that flying back and forth can be uber-expe