Some home sellers pay for a home warranty that covers them while their home is on the market and conveys to the buyers after the sale. We can work together to determine whether we should negotiate for the seller to pay for a warranty or buy one yourself.

What is a home warranty?

A home warranty policy, which typically lasts for one year and is renewable, provides coverage for some of your home’s systems and appliances. In return for the annual fee, the company will cover repair costs and arrange for contractors. You’ll pay a deductible fee and possibly service fees if you need to use the warranty.

Do I need a home warranty?

If you’re buying an existing home, especially one with appliances that are more than four years old, a home warranty can give you peace of mind about paying for unexpected repairs and finding a reliable contractor. If you’re a first-time buyer, especially if you have limited savings, this can be particularly important.

If you have plenty of emergency savings, you’re handy, or you know good contractors, you may not need a warranty. You can count on me to provide referrals for recommended contractors.

If you’re buying a newly built home, structural defects are usually under warranty by the builder for 10 years, and other items are typically covered for six months to two years, so you don’t usually need a home warranty.

What should I look for in a home warranty?

To choose a good home warranty, we will review:

  • The home warranty company’s license with your state’s real estate commission

  • The fine print – that’s where you’ll find exclusions and limitations

  • What’s covered and what’s not

  • The coverage limits – your repairs will only be paid for up to a specific level

  • Service fees and deductibles

  • How quickly service and claims are handled

  • How contractors are vetted and what happens if you use your own

  • Coverage differences between a basic warranty and enhanced warranty

  • Online reviews

You can always turn to me for home warranty recommendations and advice.

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