So, I'm planning to make a move almost 1300 miles away, crossing provincial lines, and buy a house for the first time. It's super exciting. The realtor is happy to want to work with me, but there's a couple of things I need to get in line first: Down payment: Canada requires a very, very base-minimal of 5% of the cost in liquid assets, 20% being preferable. I actually already have this part done (albeit the 5%). Home inspection: My bank won't actually approve the mortgage until I've had the place inspected. I have the contact information for a gentleman who is local to the home in question (He did an inspection on it ~two weeks ago) that I can contact thanks to my realtor, but I have no idea how I'd end up paying for his services. I assume he'd invoice me and I'd pay it that way? Necessary upgrades: By which I mean, the home is wired on 60A. My realtor is recommending a minimum of 100A. The last person to offer on the home wanted the seller to take the hit on this and was refused, but I'm wondering if asking to split the cost of this is reasonable? Alternatively, is there any way that I can take a quote to my lender to work it into my mortgage? Insurance: There is a place willing to insure the house as-is with the 60A. So I mean, I'm not actually terribly concerned about this. The Legal Nonsense: My grandmother has a lawyer who specializes in real estate in the place that I'm moving to. From my understanding, I'll also need a lawyer or a notary on my end for signing things over and then play lawyer tag? Getting the keys at the end of all this: Since it's incredibly unlikely I'll be there at closing, is it possible to allow local family members to take possession of the house, have them cut me an extra key so I can let myself in when I move, all that? And then additionally: Pets: I'm working on this already, and I just need to confirm that the cargo flight and the passenger flight that just so happen to leave the same airport at the same time with an identical model of plane is, in fact, the same flight. Moving Fees: Especially considering I don't have a license, I think my only option is to hire a professional company to come in and take everything. While I know I'm located in Canada and therefore, some of this information might be radically different to the US, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on buying a home that you can't personally see or handle due to distance. Anything else I need to keep in mind?