Why Controlling Expenses Through a Home Warranty Is Always a Smart Move.

 

Type A Personalities are always trying to make sure they can control everything in their lives including their monthly budget. However it is difficult to control certain things - for instance, when a repair or replacement of an appliance or other household item will be needed, and how much will it cost. While you can prepare financially for the repair or replacement, you never know how much it will cost in grand total including labour and parts, or whether the repair will work or you will need to further repair the appliance. A home warranty can help the controlling type A persons manage their budget, and level down their stress.

 

Home Warranty: What is It?

A home warranty is a great way to help keep your repair and replacement expenses under control for your homes appliances and home systems. Home warranties are service agreement policies that cover what’s inside your home, such as the kitchen appliances, clothes washer and dryer and even the furnace and a/c unit.

When one of the covered items breaks, you can get it fixed or replaced for free, although there is a service call fee of approximately $50 on average. There are a lot of companies operating in Denver and each of them has different characteristics. Different home warranty plans with different costs, different service call fees, different level of coverage, and different professionals they are working with.

The cost of a home warranty is dependent on the age of the appliances and what you want to include or exclude from the coverage, as well as the cap on item replacements. On average a home warranty will cost between $35-$65. This regularly scheduled monthly fee is much easier to budget for than the unexpected cost of a repairing or replacing one or more home appliances.

Additional Tips: What Can You Do to Keep Your Repairs Cost Low and Make Sure You are Not Voiding the Terms of Your Home Warranty Policy

Always wanting to keep repairs and maintenance costs low be sure to do regular cleaning and service of your homes appliances and home systems to keep them in good working order.  Here are a few tips I gathered from across the internet.

Clothes Washer- Routinely run a wash of white vinegar through the wash to help keep it clean

Clothes Dryer- Keep the lint trap clear and routinely clear the

Dishwasher- Be sure to clear debris from the collection trap (coarse filter)

Cooktop / Oven / Stove- Keeping your oven clean is key to preventing fires! Be sure to keep your cooktop clear of excess debris on the cooktop and in the oven itself.

Built in Microwave- Keep the filter clean and replace when necessary

Air Conditioning Unit- Have the outside unit inspected twice a year, at the beginning of spring and at the end of fall.

Furnace- Change the filter every three months

Garbage Disposal- Do not put things in it like cold leftovers, those go in compost or trash (meat, potatoes, pasta, eggs shells)

When caring for your home appliances and home systems it is important to ensure that you do them correctly and when needed, if they are neglected they can cause problems and if a home warranty is covering the items, the coverage might be voided if proper care and maintenance was not performed. As type A personality, routine should fall right in line with what you need to help control your homes needs and expenses. You can use an app to help schedule the regular maintenance and cleaning needed to care for your home.

If you routinely provide the care and maintenance on your appliances and home systems you will help extend the life of these items and in turn keep your costs low by not having to repair or replace them. Your monthly expenditures would consist mainly of your home warranty.

 

Do You Really Need a Home Warranty?

The mother of all questions is whether people actually need a home warranty and will it save them money in the long term. The truth is that whether a home warranty is right for you is a very individual question. Some people may be wasting their hard earned dollars on unfit home warranties which do not provide adequate coverage while others may be preventing themselves from large expenses in the future by working with the right company and choosing the right plan for them.

One of the most pivotal questions when coming to consider a home warranty is the contents of the house and the age of the systems and appliances. If your home is brand new and everything is under manufacturer warranty, there is no use for a home warranty. If your house is very old, it is reasonable to believe that many systems will be deemed as “unmaintained” and home warranty companies will refuse to pay for them if they break.

There are so many variables involved in this decision that it is wise to pay good attention into it, read about the topic, gather opinions about the services of the home warranty company you intend using, and use designated calculators which will help you make the right decisions fast.

Article Source: Nate Simms RevewHomeWarranties

The Oscar Goes To...The Premier Condo Market

The Premier residential market was feeling the love in February with its sales volume increasing 6.18 percent month over month, and 12.12 percent year over year. Sellers loved that their homes were not taking as long to sell in February with the days on market down 32.74 percent from the prior month to 76 days. No President’s Day sales were happening in the Premier single-family segment of the market, as the price per square feet increased 4.32 percent from the prior month. The average price of a single-family home in the Premier market was  $589,683 - up 0.07 percent from the prior month. With 999 active residences (single-family) at the end of February, and 1.99 months of inventory, buyers had more to choose from compared to homes under $500,000, but needed to act quickly when a listing came on the market. In the category of highest year-to-date percentage increase in sales and sales volume, 2017 over 2018, the Oscar goes to…the Premier condo market at 24.83 percent sold and 23.93 percent sales volume at over $100 million. Days on market for Premier condos was striking at 237 days, down 27.30 percent from the prior month. There were 261 active listings and 3.18 months of inventory in this segment of the market, so buyers had more to choose from in the Premier condo market over other segments of the market.  Download the full March market trends report here.  

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Buy vs. rent: Guiding clients through the age-old dilemma - Inman News

With millennials’ preference toward a mobile lifestyle, the question of “buy versus rent” is prevalent among a demographic that constitutes a large segment of our first-time homebuyers.

Furthermore, baby boomers are confronted with the same question for varied reasons that include a newfound desire to be mobile and investing in a market that is appreciating from the aftermath of the recent housing bubble.

Real estate agents well-versed on the variables that determine whether a client should pursue homeownership instead of a lease, are positively guiding people through this major life decision.

So posed with the question of whether to buy or rent, what is the answer?

If you do the math, buying in booming markets such as San Francisco, New York, Boston, Los Angeles and my hometown of Denver becomes less expensive than renting over time; plus, with property values rising, it is generally favorable to purchase a home as a long-term investment.

“Renters who want to become buyers hear the buzz that there is a frenzy in the real estate marketplace with multiple offers, over list price and low inventory, so they are nervous to enter into the homebuying market, and they are sticking to renting,” said Denver-area Realtor Brigette Modglin.   <<Read More >>