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Accommodations
Inns
Hotels
Resorts
Pet Friendly Hotels
Bed and Breakfasts
Vacation Rentals  
Weddings
Planners

Venues
Photographers
Caterers

Real Estate

Agents and
Realtors

Fishing

Flats Fishing
Sportfishing

Light Tackle Fishing
Party Boat Fishing
Scuba Diving
Dolphin Tours
Snorkeling
Kayaking and
Eco Tours

Sailing and
Sunset Cruises

Camping and
RV Parks

Marinas
Dry Tortugas Trips
Tours offered
around Key West

Parasailing
Rentals for
Boats
Jet Ski and
Waverunners

Bike

Scooter
Electric Car
Beaches

Nice Tips to Do
Art Galleries
Art and Crafts
Restaurants
 Mixed 
Seafood 
Steak
Breakfast   
American 
Cuban
Italian  
Caribbean 
Bars

Shops
Museums
Gardens

Theaters
Events
Area Parks
Tattoos
Adult Entertainment




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By Clyde Powell

Key West Real Estate Home Inspections and Warranties    Key West Bed and Breakfasts

Questions and Answers for those looking to Buy or Sell

Buying Your Home
Home Inspections & Warranties
 

Q: How do I find a home inspector?

A: In order to find a home inspector, Dian Hymer, author of "Buying and Selling a Home A Complete Guide," Chronicle Books, San Francisco; 1994, advises looking for someone with demonstrable qualifications. "Ideally, the general inspector you select should be either an engineer, an architect, or a contractor. When possible, hire an inspector who belongs to one of the home inspection trade organizations."

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) has developed formal inspection guidelines and a professional code of ethics for its members. Membership to ASHI is not automatic; proven field experience and technical knowledge of structures and their various systems and appliances are a prerequisite.

Key West One can usually find an inspector by looking in the phone book or by inquiring at a real estate office or sometimes at an area Realtor association.

Rates for the service vary greatly. Many inspectors charge about $400, but costs go up with the scope of the inspection.

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Q: What's a home inspection?

A: A home inspection is when a paid professional inspector -- often a contractor or an engineer -- inspects the home, searching for defects or other problems that might plague the owner later on. They usually represent the buyer and or paid by the buyer. The inspection usually takes place after a purchase contract between buyer and seller has been signed.

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Q: Do I need a home inspection?

A: Yes. Buying a home "as is" is a risky proposition. Major repairs on homes can amount to thousands of dollars. Plumbing, electrical and roof problems represent significant and complex systems that are expensive to fix.

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Q: How do I find a home inspector?

A: Your realty agent is one source. Inspectors are listed in the yellow pages. You can ask for referrals from friends. Ask for their credentials, such as contractor's license or engineering certificate. Also, check out their references.

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Copyright 1999 Inman News Features
 

Clyde's Key West Real Estate
Key West Real Estate