More Than You Ever Cared To Know About Home Warranties

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Tools on counterA home warranty is like having a manufacturer’s warranty on all of your home appliances. Think of it this way, home insurance protects the structure of your home and your belongings in a natural disaster (like a tornado), while a home warranty can protect you if your appliances just break for no apparent reason.

We’ve been researching and writing about home warranties since 2014, and many of us who work on Safe Smart Living have first-hand experience with home warranties. We’re familiar with what they cover, how they work and more. We’ve also received feedback from our readers on companies they do or don’t like.

Everything I Need To Know About Home Warranties

What Is A Home Warranty?

When you buy a house, you are required to get home insurance to cover your home, but a home warranty is optional and covers your appliances and things within your home. While both home insurance and a home warranty are meant to provide you with peace of mind, they cover different things.

Want to learn more? Start with our Best Home Warranties article which explains many things including:

  • Home warranty vs homeowners insurance – why you may want to have a home warranty as additional peace of mind
  • What a home warranty covers – it varies by policy but you’ll want to make sure to read the fine print of your contract, so you know the specifics
  • Average repair costs for various appliances
  • Fees associated with a home warranty
  • Top three picks for best home warranty

Do I Need A Home Warranty?

If you’re someone who struggles with the idea of saving money to cover an appliance repair vs having a monthly fee cover unexpected costs, then a home warranty might be good for you. There’s peace of mind in knowing that you don’t have to have thousands of dollars on hand in case a crucial appliance like your heating or A/C breaks down.

On the other hand, customers are skeptical whether companies actually repair items vs simply “band-aiding” them to get them working again, and whether the service provided by the repair companies your home warranty provider employs match the best repair companies available in your area. We address all these questions and more (and if we don’t, feel free to ask us in the comments below or on the respective page you’re on!).

What Are The Best Home Warranty Companies?

As you’ll read about in our Best Home Warranties article, our top three picks are: American Home Shield, Total Protect and America’s 1st Choice Home Club.

Person measuring level: Home Warranty Companies

There are several other companies we review that didn’t make the top 3, but could be the best fit for you based on your unique needs. Check out these additional individual reviews of popular home warranty providers:

All of our articles include plan pricing, pros, cons, key features, coverage details, coupon codes, real customer reviews and more.

Compare Companies Head To Head

If you want to compare two companies side by side, we’ve written a couple of “versus” showdowns including:

In these articles, we compare different aspects head to head so you can see how price, coverage, customer service and more vary between two specific providers. Don’t see the showdown you’re looking for? Ask us to conduct it!

We’re also beginning to cover providers based on geographic location. We’ve started with one of the largest states, Texas, and cover both national and regional companies. Which state or city would you like to see us review next? Let us know in the comments.

Additional Tips For Homeowners

Don’t get stuck with a broken AC system or an empty bank account. Let a home warranty save you time, headache and money. But before you dive into purchasing a home warranty, check out our appliance repair tips to get an idea of what’s involved in a typical appliance repair, so you can decide whether you’d prefer to do the small repairs on your own or add them to a home warranty plan.

What are you looking for in a home warranty?

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Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing products and services. Kimberly has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering subjects such as home security and automation, identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems and more. In 2018, she had her first child, and that opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family. Security is a passion of hers, and she knows it isn’t a one size fits all category. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

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