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Understanding a Home Warranty

Understanding a Home Warranty

The warranty your homebuilder offers covers the cost of repairs should something go wrong in your new home. Thanks to the quality construction Saddlebrook offers, you probably won’t need to use your warranty for any serious repairs, but it’s nice to know it’s there if you do need it. Here’s a rundown of a few things warranties do and don’t cover.

Items Covered by Your Warranty

Structural Defects: New homes take a little time to settle, which can occasionally cause nail pops in drywall and other easy to fix cosmetic incidences. Your builder will repair these defects and ensure that your home is structurally sound for years to come.

Flooring: No matter what type of flooring you choose, it shouldn’t warp, bow, or dent. These problems are usually covered by the manufacturing warranty. The problem may occur in the hardwood, laminate, carpet, or floor tiles or in the subfloor underneath. You should check the check with the builder to find out which product they are using and what type of warranty they offer. 

Grading: Grading the soil outside your home keeps water from entering and causing damage. If you notice wet spots in your basement or in other rooms in your home, your builder will regrade your property. Nothing is more important than keeping water away from your home’s foundation 

Plumbing issues: Your warranty covers a variety of plumbing-related issues, such as improperly installed or secured pipes, leaks, and drips. It’s a good idea to inspect your plumbing once a month to make sure there are no leaks, as water and moisture can cause significant damage. As winter approaches, make you to properly winterizing outside hose bibs and disconnect any garden hoses. 

Doors and windows: New home warranties cover a variety of issues related to doors and windows, including leaks or gaps around windows or doors, condensation between glass panels, and lack of proper weather stripping. If doors – whether they’re exterior doors or cabinet or shower doors – aren’t properly installed, your warranty will cover repair or replacement.

Heating and cooling systems: The heating and cooling system is one of the most important systems in your home. If it doesn’t turn on or fails to heat or cool your home adequately, your warranty will cover repairs. 

Items Not Covered by Your Warranty

Wear and tear: It’s only natural that things will begin to look a little worn after you’ve lived in your luxury home for a while. Your warranty only covers defects, not wear and tear.

Damage you cause: If you accidentally make a hole in a wall or scratch your laminate floors when you move a piece of furniture, you will be responsible for repairs. Damage caused by neglect, such failing to promptly wipe up spills, also won’t be covered.

Damage that occurs as a result of changes made by someone other than your builder: Your warranty will not cover changes that you make or that you hire other people to make. If you replace your doors and the new doors leak, your builder’s warranty won’t cover the problem. 

Appliance issues: Appliances usually have their own warranties and are not covered by your homebuilder’s warranties.  These documents are provided for every home owner.

Saddlebrook offers a comprehensive warranty that gives homeowners peace of mind. If you have any questions about the terms of the warranty, give us a call, send us an email, or live chat with us. We’ll be glad to explain every aspect of your warranty.

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