Maryland Home Warranty

Taking the step in purchasing a Maryland home is a major investment. Whether selling or buying a home, itÂ’s nearly impossible to predict when problems may arise.


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Maryland Home Warranty Information

Taking the step in purchasing a Maryland home is a major investment. Whether selling or buying a home, it's nearly impossible to predict when problems may arise. Unplanned home and appliance repair costs can put a tremendous strain on a family budget. Apart from homeowner's insurance, which will provide you with financial protection against disasters, home warranties are more specific in nature.

Many standard Maryland home warranties cover plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems, and major appliances. Some also cover roofs, private wells and septic systems as well. Warranty contracts generally cover these systems regardless of age, make or model. Home warranties repair or replace, for one full year after the closing, an existing Maryland home's covered systems that break down due to normal wear and tear. The following are some tips for selecting the right home warranty company for you.

Find out the length of time for the home warranty coverage plans available in Maryland.

Most Maryland home warranty policies are effective for one year with an option for renewal upon expiration. Generally, the renewal cost is higher than the initial warranty fee. Ask each company what their current renewal rates are and compare these with other warranty companies.

Get information about the co-payment.

A co-payment is the amount of money the consumer will pay when a repair contractor comes out to make a repair to a system. Much like a health insurance co-payment, warranty co-payments will vary.

Make sure that the warranty provider has service contractors located in your area.

It is important that if problems arise from an item covered by your home warranty that there will be a service representative available to make the repairs. Ask your warranty company about the types of service contracts they honor that are specific to your geographical location.

How a home warranty can be beneficial to Sellers

One might think that it is a waste of money to purchase a home warranty if the home will be sold soon anyway. This is definitely not the case. A home warranty actually makes your home more attractive to potential buyers, especially if the appliances and systems in your Maryland home are older. Providing a home warranty offers some peace of mind to potential buyers. The price of a home warranty is low and can normally be paid for by the proceeds from the sale of the home at closing time. In addition to the added selling feature, having a home warranty will generally protect the Maryland homeowner against costly repairs during the time that the home is listed for sale.

How a home warranty can be beneficial to Buyers

After making the initial cash investment required for closing, the thought of unexpected repair costs in the near future can be a tremendous burden. Many times, a home warranty can be included into the negotiating process between buyers and sellers. Warranties do help protect buyers from the costs of major repairs.

Determine whether a home warranty is right for you

In a newer home with new systems and appliances, a warranty may not be necessary, other than for your comfort level. For homes that are over 5 years old, a home warranty is a wise consideration. As the age of the home increases, the likelihood for unpredicted repair and replacement costs should bear strong consideration for the purchase of a good home warranty. The cost of a warranty and deductibles is far less than the cost for major system replacements in the home.

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