Buying a house is a big event. For most people, it is one of the most exciting purchases they will ever make. An expensive repair bill, however, can quickly dash the joy. To avoid being saddled with unforeseen repairs after closing, many buyers will hire a home inspector. While a smart idea, home inspections are usually visual. They cannot guarantee that a critical system or appliance won’t fail once you move into your new house.
A home warranty can help defray the costs of repairing or replacing covered systems if something breaks. Following are a few frequently asked questions about warranty protection. Check them out before purchasing your next home.
A home warranty provides for the repair or replacement of many major systems and appliances in your house. Some potential areas of coverage might include:
A home warranty does not guarantee that a homeowner will never have to pay for any repairs. Instead, it provides peace of mind, especially for a new owner. The purchase of a house leaves many buyers with very little cash for costly, unexpected repairs. Avoiding expensive breakdowns is not the only benefit. However, it is arguably the most important.
Many warranties also include help with finding a contractor. A buyer will only need to make a phone call to the warranty company to establish their claim. The warranty company will then dispatch a trusted, licensed, and insured contractor with the experience and resources to complete the project. Promptly locating a reputable contractor is more than a convenience. It can help the homeowner avoid the risk of potential delays and increased expenses associated with unlicensed or dishonest repair companies.
Additionally, home warranties limit an owner’s risk of prolonged wait times to schedule a technician and excessive service call fees. The warranty company typically negotiates a nominal service call fee and agreeable response times in advance. For many types of repairs, a quick response may save a homeowner more than the cost of the annual fee.
Coverage levels vary by company. Most insurers offer multiple tiers to allow homeowners to choose their preferred level of protection. Carefully review the options to ensure that you receive the coverage that best fits your needs.
No warranty program will cover everything in your home. Some exclusions will apply. Following are a few provisions to look for in your warranty agreement.
By Jai Ross