Home Warranty

Taking the step in purchasing a 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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Home Warranty Tips and Information

The purchase of a home is a significant event. Whether one is buying or selling a house, determining when problems may occur is nearly impossible. A significan strain can transpire when unplanned repair expenses occur. On top of standard homeowner's insurance, which provides sound financial protection for disasters, home warranties cover more specific systems.

In general, home warranties cover key items such as heating and cooling systems, plumbing, electrical, and large appliances. Some warranty plans may additionally cover roofs, private septic systems and wells. Generally, warranties insure these systems regardless of their make and model or age. Home warranties provide for the repair or replacement, for a full year upon the closing of a sale, any existing home's systems specifically noted in the policy that require replacement or repairs because of normal wear and tear. This information is provided to give you guidance when selecting the home warranty company that will fit your needs.

For homes, Find out how long the policy covers your systems.

Many home warranty policies are effective for one full year upon closing and allow for renewal after the term expires. These renewal fees are usually higher than the warranty fees paid for at closing. Study the rates and renewal fees for each home warranty company for comparison.

What are Co-payments?

Co-payments are the fees charged to the homeowner to pay for repairs to or replacement of a system. Home warranty co-payments are very similar to health insurance co-payments with the exception that warranty co-payment rates will often vary.

Find out if the warranty provider covers service contractors near your area.

It is essential when problems do arise from an item covered under your home warranty that there is a local service representative available to make the repairs. Ask the warranty company about the types of service contracts they offer that are specific to your geographical area.

Benefits for sellers to purchase home warranties

Some may pose the question about whether it is cost-effective to purchase a home warranty if the home is going to be sold in the near future. This is an excellent question and undoubtedly it is a smart consideration. A home warranty makes your home actually more attractive to possible buyers, especially when the appliances and systems in your home are older. Providing a home warranty as part of the selling package offers some advantages for potential buyers. Home warranty costs are small and can be paid for by the proceeds at closing. Also, a home warranty will generally protect the seller against costly repairs when the home is on the market.

Benefits for buyers to purchase home warranties

The initial cash layout required for closing is rather significant and the idea of unexpected costs for repairs shortly after may be a tremendous burden. Quite often, a home warranty can be a great negotiating tool between buyers and sellers. Warranties provide protection for buyers from the cost of significant repairs.

How to determine if a home warranty is right for you

When the systems and appliances are newer, a warranty may not be absolutely necessary, except for peace of mind. For homes older than 5 years however, a home warranty should undeniably be considered. The older the home, the more apt it is that unforeseen repair and/or replacement costs should provide enought incentive for purchasing a good home warranty. The cost of buying a warranty and the deductibles is much less expensive than the cost for large system repairs or replacements in the home.

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