How agressive should one get in doing an inspection of the property? It is important to know if the property is vacant/owner/tenant occupied. And the more one knows about the interior and exterior condition the better. I understand these are part of the risks of buying at auction, but the more one knows about the property, the less risk they are taking. And the amount of risk you are taking on ultimately affects the size of the bid you are willing to make.
Does anyone just go up and knock on the door to see if it is occupied? If so, what do you say? Offer money for inspection? I would be concerned that I would encounter a hostile homeowner.
For vacant homes, I have heard of investors going so far as crawling in the windows to get a look at the inside.
Anyone have a good process for inspection other than a safe and quick drive-by?