Are you buying a house and wonder how to choose a home warranty? Here are a couple of thoughts for you to consider.
What is a home warranty?
When a home warranty is part of a real estate transaction it is typically a one-year service agreement. This is typically paid in full through escrow when the property transfers owners, not billed monthly like commonly advertised. A home warranty is also not a home insurance policy. Insurance is a separate policy and tends to help cover catastrophic events to the home. Where a home warranty helps cover breakdowns of the major systems and appliances of a home by repairing or replacing the items covered under the policy.
Each home warranty company offers different options and exclusions.
When looking over plans you will clearly see that the pricing and service call fees vary between each company. This also seems to result in the coverages and exclusions varying. Look over the service agreements to help you find the one that suits your needs and your new home. To get a 3rd party opinion on home warranty coverages and services check out the consumer affairs reviews. Not all of the companies will offer coverage in Arizona so listed below are a few I like:
AHS is the highest reviewed company by consumer affairs and is the home warranty company that Realty ONE Group has teamed up with. They offer Spring/Fall HVAC Tune-ups and Rekeying as part of their services. They have 3 different packages: ShieldEssential, ShieldPlus, and ShieldComplete. Each level covers additional items so it is important to review these coverages to see what will fit your new home the best. The prices will vary depending on a single-family home (SFH) vs. condo/townhome, what plan you choose if you add any optional coverage, and the length of coverage time you choose. Standard is 1 year but they do offer 2-year plans at the discounted Real Estate Edition Plans so look these all over.
If you have any questions or interested in additional information, I am always happy to help!