Just as your house is different from your neighbor’s, your home warranties should be different as well. There are many variances to factor in to your home warranty. Your house will have different needs than another and your warranty should reflect that.
Some of the factors to consider when choosing home warranties are the age of the house, current condition, your financial situation and budget, and your ability to fix things around the house. If you are a contractor or have a friend or family member who can fix the major problems that occur in a house you may want to only have minimal coverage for your home. Using someone you know can lower your necessities in a warranty. With that being said you may still want to be sure your major appliances and systems are covered. Cost wise it is a wise idea to cover the major appliances and systems in your home to avoid a high bill during an emergency situation. Home warranties can help you avoid running up a credit card or having to get a high interest loan.
If you have recently bought an older home, there will undoubtedly be problems with the house. The previous owner may have installed newer appliances but with age comes problems with the structure of the house and to the systems within the house. Systems such as the heating and cooling can be compromised with age and with improper care. The previous owner may or may not have changed the filters or had the systems serviced. Without the proper care, these systems may begin to deteriorate. When this happens, it can shut down suddenly or you may notice daily changes in the efficiency of the system. Even if you have taken excellent care of your system, it can still wear out. This is when home warranties can be useful. Some families prefer to set money aside for an emergency and while that is a wise practice, there may be more than one emergency in any given month. When that happens, it can be helpful to have a warranty on at least one of the items that has broken. With a warranty on the major items in your house, you can know that the other problems are manageable.
Home warranties are not all the same. You should always read the fine print, just as with any document to ensure you understand what is covered. Some items may be covered under certain circumstances and that is something you should be clear about. For example, home warranties may cover the plumbing system in a home only if the pipes are found to be faulty. It may not cover the plumbing system if there is a user accident such as an overflow or stoppage. In order to get the most out of your warranty, it is a wise idea to cover the systems and appliances that you know will need servicing in the near future. If the oven is brand new, you may not want to have it covered, unless it increases the premium very little. Sometimes warranties include all appliances in the kitchen and do not give you options to exclude. Just be sure you understand how your warranty works and what it covers.