Friday, January 29, 2021 / by Julie Paschal
The Difference Between Home Warranty & Home Insurance
When purchasing a new home, its important to do in-depth research on all facets of the homebuying process. One thing you will need to understand is how to best protect yourself and your investment if anything were to go wrong. Check out the information on home insurance versus home warranty below to educate yourself on your options.
HOME INSURANCE: Homeowners insurance pays for any accidental damages and loss that are caused by fire, lightning strikes, windstorms, and hail, however damage from earthquakes and floods are typically not covered. It also covers the replacement of personal property in case of theft or damage and liability if a person were to get injured in your home or on your property. According to American Home Shield, the average annual cost of a homeowner’s insurance policy ranges between $300 and $1000 and the bank usually asks you to obtain a policy before the mortgage is issued. Make sure to keep in mind that each type of coverage in the policy is subject to a limit and, in most cases, you will have to pay a deductible.
HOME WARRANTY: A home warranty is designed to cover the cost of repairs and replacements of larger appliances and crucial systems in your home that fail or break due to age and wear and tear. This includes but is not limited to HVAC, electrical, or plumbing components, kitchen appliances, and your washer and dryer. With a home warranty, you are required to pay premiums year-round, even if you do not use it, and it will not cover damages if appliances were not maintained properly or if the damage is from fire or other disaster.