Last updated on July 19, 2018 at 06:10 pm
If you own a home, you probably already have a homeowners insurance policy. If you’re shopping for a new home, you may have been approached about buying a home warranty or had one offered as part of your real estate deal. While both offer protection for your home, they’re not the same thing and it’s important to understand the differences between a home warranty versus home insurance.
What You Should Know
1. A home warranty generally helps to cover appliance or equipment breakdowns, whereas home insurance helps you repair your home from unexpected damage or situations, like fires and theft.
2. You might not have to purchase a separate home warranty. If you have home insurance through Plymouth Rock, you might be able to add optional coverages that are similar to home warranties, like equipment breakdown and utility line coverage. Plymouth Rock’s coverages can be cheaper than purchasing a separate home warranty.
If you want to know more about home insurance coverages, Plymouth Rock has handy resources for you to check out.
3. If you’re financing the purchase of your home, most lenders require homeowners insurance, but home warranties are typically optional.
Still, a home warranty could be a smart purchase depending on your own situation because it might help you control your budget for home repairs. And, when it comes to buying/selling real estate, a home warranty can offer benefits for both buyers and sellers.
Say, for example, there’s a home on the market that has a furnace and air conditioning system that’s up there in age. As a buyer having a home warranty might be a good way to guard against breakdowns or malfunctions. As a seller, offering a home warranty can help to assuage potential buyers who might be leery about buying a home with older HVAC systems.
How Each One Works
When you buy a home warranty, you purchase a service agreement that pays for the repair or replacement of things inside of your home when they break down. Compare that to home insurance, which covers your home’s actual structure and your possessions. You should check your own home insurance policy to find out exactly what it covers.
Here’s an example to help you understand the difference: your insurance policy may help to replace your washing machine if it’s damaged by a fire, but a warranty may help replace it if it simply breaks down (however, it will depend on the terms of your service agreement).
If you do opt to purchase a home warranty, you can purchase different levels of protection. Basic warranties typically cover appliances, but you can even upgrade to cover things like a swimming pool. It’s also a standard practice for most warranties to include a modest deductible.