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Home Warranty's  - Home Protection Plans

Peace of mind after your purchase

Home Warranty's can also be called Home Protection Plans.

In very general terms they usually provide protection against unforeseen repairs for you, the buyer, usually up to a year after closing the sale, depending on the company and particular plans coverage that is chosen.  Be sure to read the fine print for inclusions and exclusions in the policies.
You've found the property you want to call "home",

One of the issues you need to consider is the purchase of a Home Protection Plan or Home Warranty Plan if one is not provided by the seller. 

The cost of the Home Warranty/Home Protection Plan varies from company to company, and can sometimes be negotiated between the seller and buyer.  Each company usually has a few different plans to choose from as well.

A home protection plan offers some benefits to both the seller and the buyer.  The specific coverage for both buyers and sellers may vary from company to company, as well as any deductible for service calls/repairs.  Some policies will provide coverage for all the major components to a property -- like central heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, etc., and even certain appliances with some policies.  For some policies appliances are an additional cost for coverage.

Benefits for the buyer:

It's comforting to know that should something happen for items that are covered under the home protection policy, usually for up to one year after closing, that you'll have someone helping get the problem fixed, and many times by only paying a moderate service call fee up front.  Just remember, if something does happen, you'll have to follow the companies instructions very carefully in order for them to help you.  Otherwise, you may be totally on your own should repairs/replacement be needed.  Some companies allow the buyer to renew their policy after the year is over too.  Something to check into.

If a home protection plan is not offered by the seller, you can negotiate with the seller sometimes to include a Home Warranty/Protection Plan at the time you make an offer, or pay for one yourself to begin coverage at the time of closing (when the property becomes yours).

We all know various systems and appliances have a general "life expectancy".  However, no one knows from day to day when something will develop a problem or stop functioning all together.  I had a dishwasher which ran perfectly.  The next day it wouldn't make a sound.  My repairman said it wasn't worth fixing, so I replaced it.  But it just goes to prove that no one knows how long something will last or even that there may be a problem "in the works".  It may be working just fine then all of a sudden, without warning, it stops. 

Home protection plans are valuable and help both sellers while listed for sale and buyers after the purchase.

Again, be sure to check the policies inclusions, exclusions, limitations, conditions, liabilities, procedures and responsibilities, etc.
The large print giveth but the fine print taketh away.

Check out these resources to you'll be prepared to make an informed decision when we meet.

We look forward to being your trusted real estate partner.


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