Are Home Warranties Worth It for Brockton Residents?
Yes, home warranties are worth it for Brockton residents. Brockton can have fairly hot days during the summer, and you probably use your air conditioner frequently during the warmer months. Your air conditioner may malfunction over time due to breakdowns from regular wear and tear.
Winters in Brockton are very cold, meaning you rely on your heating system often. HVAC system replacement can cost between $2,500 and $8,000, compared to a home warranty coming in at around $644–$737 annually based on 120 quotes we received from home warranty companies across the nation. Brockton's heavy rain can also affect your home's roof.
Some home warranty providers offer limited roof-leak coverage to financially assist with repair. Finally, home warranties connect you with trustworthy service providers. When life is keeping you busy, you want to know that a reliable technician is handling your repairs.
Reputable home warranty companies vet every service provider they work with.
What To Consider Before Choosing a Home Warranty Company
Consider these key factors when choosing the right home warranty plan for you.
We requested 120 quotes for a 2,000-square-foot, single-family home and discovered that home warranties cost an average of $53–$62 per month. You also have to pay service call fees each time you file a claim. These fees range from $65–$125 per claim. Comprehensive home warranties cost more than basic ones, and home systems coverage plans cost more than appliance plans. You can select add-on coverage options, but these will increase your monthly cost. Consider your specific needs before committing to a plan.
You can often find home warranty plans that cover specific appliances and systems. Decide whether you need coverage for major systems (like heating), specific appliances, or both. Then ask your provider about its options for customized coverage. Here is a list of common systems coverage:
- Air conditioner
- Central vacuum
- Water heater
- Built-in microwaves
- Clothes washers and dryers
- Garbage disposals
Most home warranties only cover normal wear and tear. They don't cover preexisting conditions or improper installation. Additionally, home warranties don't cover cosmetic issues or appliance components, routine maintenance, defects, or theft. Providers outline limitations and exclusions within their service contracts. We recommend reading carefully to fully understand your plan's terms and conditions.
Carefully consider a provider's reputation before purchasing a plan. Check its Better Business Bureau rating. You can also read customer reviews on sites such as Google Reviews, Best Company, and Trustpilot. These reviews can give you an idea of how providers handle customer service and claims. Check with the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation to verify a provider's state license.
Take into account a home warranty company's service provider network. The company you choose should use licensed and registered contractors to handle service requests; make sure to ask your company how and where it sources technicians. Select a provider that mentions the names of familiar service contractors. Rural homeowners might prefer home warranty policies that allow customers to choose their technicians. There may not be any in-network service providers in these areas, so you'll want the option to choose your own.
Frequently Asked Questions About Home Warranty in Brockton
Is a home warranty required in Brockton?
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Can I get a home warranty that covers other types of home items?
Why is there a waiting period before my home warranty coverage begins?
How is a home warranty different from homeowners insurance?
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