I once heard Cherie Barber spruiking the notion that you (as a buyer) could possibly negotiate terms of your contract with the seller that would allow you access to the property before settlement. This would allow you to start renovations before the settlement date, thus saving you some time and money as a renovator. Has anyone ever tried doing this? Obviously it would depend a lot on the seller's need to sell vs. what sweetener to the deal you could offer them. I'd be interested to know if it's possible. Thanks.