@allan I know someone who did it recently. It was a coast-to-coast cross-country move, and they really didn't want to go out before owning a place. Had a friend go look at it and send back some pics and opinions.
I'm heard too that on request a realtor can do this for you as well, and you can hire a objective dude with a pen and checklist to do a walkthrough.
Just realized I'm being that ass who replies with a "well I'll have you know". But I've spend too much time typing to press the X.