A home warranty is a separate contract covering repairs and replacements on systems in your home, most usually last up to a year.
Home warranties cover many but not all of your home's appliances and systems. Contract costs and coverage can vary widely, so always compare before purchasing. Before purchasing one you should review your contract and have a full understanding of what exactly is being covered. When you buy a home warranty, consider premium and optional coverage and what is not covered. When a home warranty is understood and utilized for its intended purposes, it can be the easiest way to save on home repairs and reduce the extra stress that comes with buying or selling a home.
Warranties vary from company to company but in general they cover:
- Kitchen appliances such as your range or oven, dishwasher and built-in microwave
- Garbage disposals
- Plumbing including a whirlpool tub
- Sump pump
- Water heater
- Ceiling fans and exhaust fans
- Heating and electrical system components
An enhanced warranty is usually needed to cover your air conditioning system, refrigerator, washer and dryer, and a garage door remote. You can also pay for optional coverage of items such as a swimming pool or septic system.
With any legal document you should read the terms and conditions of your warranty before determining whether purchasing is a good investment. It is important to understand what is covered and what is not, the limitations of your policy and any fees you will need to pay.
You also do what is beneficial for you and what makes the most sense financially for your situation.
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