Should Your Builder Offer You a Home Warranty?

If you’re like most people buying a new home – one that’s being built just for you – you’re excited. But there’s one thing you have to do before you dive in with both feet, and that’s to make sure that your builder is offering you a home warranty.

Should Your Builder Offer You a Home Warranty?

The company building your home should offer you a home warranty – and it should cover workmanship, materials and a variety of other things. (Here’s what the Federal Trade Commission says about home warranties on new construction:

Most builders offer limited coverage on workmanship and materials, and usually those warranties are related to windows, HVAC systems, plumbing and electrical systems. They also usually include information on how you can go about getting the builder to repair things. You can expect your builder to cover:

  • Carpentry
  • Doors
  • Dry basement
  • Electrical systems
  • Floors
  • Foundation
  • Garage doors
  • Glass
  • Heating and cooling (HVAC) systems
  • Insulation
  • Landscaping
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Septic system
  • Shingles and other roofing materials
  • Waterproofing
  • Windows

Your builder’s warranty can give you the peace of mind you need when you’re buying new construction. However, there are some things that most builders’ warranties will not cover, such as:

  • Appliances (which typically come with their own warranties, but you’ll likely have to “activate” them)
  • Dampness caused by the homeowner’s failure to maintain adequate ventilation
  • Defects from work that someone other than the builder completed
  • Insect and pest damage
  • Normal paint fading
  • Shrinkage and expansion
  • Weather-related issues

How Do You Find Out About Your Builder’s Home Warranty?

When you’re buying new construction, you should be working with your own REALTOR®. Don’t work with the builder’s agent – you need your own agent. Your REALTOR can find out all about the builder’s warranty, what it covers, and how long it lasts for you.

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