There are homeowners that swear by them while some hate them. After closing on a house, the last thing a home buyer would want is a malfunction in the new home, but it can happen all the same. That’s why it’s a good idea to get a home protection plan or warranty so you don’t need to worry about it. It will cover the costs if something goes wrong. It’s an especially good idea to get a home warranty if you’re a first-time homebuyer without any experience in maintaining a home.
Whether the seller pays for the home protection plan or the buyer pays will depend on your local customs. It’s perfectly normal for a seller to pay for the coverage in places because it’s a seller benefit. However, the buyer won’t be calling the seller after closing if something happens to break.
As of 2019, these plans aren’t too expensive. They can range from $350 to $600 a year. However, the price can also depend on your coverage. Home warranty companies run specials at times in which they’ll either discount policy prices or offer additional coverage for the exact same price.
Generally, policies are paid for a year in advance. They can be renewed by the homeowner once they expire.
There are plans which provide specific types of coverage, but most tend to operate in a similar manner and contain common verbiage.
The homeowner calls the home warranty company if a system or appliance breaks or stops working.
The home warranty company calls a provider that is had a business arrangement with.
The provider calls the homeowner to make an appointment.
The provider fixes the problem. The warranty company will pay to replace and install the appliance if it can’t be fixed, depending on the contract coverage.
The homeowner will pay a small trade service fee for the visit which can range from $60 to $100. You can negotiate the amount when you sign up for the plan.
You want to ask exactly what is covered under your plan since all plans are different from one another. Ask your real estate agent if upgrades are available, and pay attention to whether the warranty company will pay for repairs to make certain systems or appliances compliant with the new regulations.
Washers and dryers
Ductwork to code
Inside plumbing stoppages
Range and oven
The coverage for a home warranty plan can vary from policy to policy as well as from state to state. So, before committing to anything, ask to see a sample copy of a policy. Some homeowners swear by home warranty plans while others absolutely hate them.
Outdoor items like sprinklers
Faucet repairs – this can vary
Refrigerators, washers, dryers, or garage door openers
Spa or pools unless specifically requested
Items that were broken before closing on the house
Exclusions listed in the policy
Make sure to double-check your specific policy to see what is and isn’t covered
A pre-existing condition which was disclosed in a home inspection.
Unusual wear and tear.
A service provider can deny a claim. When that happens, call your real estate agent and complain. Your agent can figure out a solution if they have a good working relationship with the representative from the home warranty company.