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What Does a 2-10 Warranty Cover?

May 8, 2022
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One of the benefits of buying one of the brand new homes in Portland OR from us is the inclusion of a one-year warranty, as well as a 2-10 warranty. This means that despite being a new home, things can sometimes go wrong, but you don’t have to pay for it, unlike a pre-owned home. In fact, the newness of the building supplies and solidness of the building process, along with the warranties, help give you peace of mind that you won’t be dealing with surprise expenses, which often pop up with older homes, usually when you can least afford it.

We take pride in our work and our customer service, and our one-year warranty is part of that customer service. We offer a full year builder’s warranty on all workmanship and materials in your brand new home.

We take that customer service even further by offering a 2-10 warranty, generally offered by the best home builders, because we back up the work we do and the components we install. A 2-10 warranty at its most basic covers all electrical, plumbing and HVAC for 2 years and all structural components for 10 years. In essence, the warranty covers problems such as appliance breakdowns, HVAC repair and replacement, plumbing leaks, clogged drains, and water heater repair and replacement.

You may think these issues are covered by your home insurance, but they’re not, though owners of pre-owned homes can pay for insurance that does cover these issues, and after your warranty runs out, if you’re still in your home, you can always purchase this insurance to protect against costly repairs, especially as a house starts to age. Fortunately, the 2-10 warranty covers a lot of issues long enough for you to settle in and save money thanks to a lack of costly repairs, as well as the greater efficiency of your newly built home.

HVAC systems are expensive, both for repairs and replacements, so you will definitely appreciate this aspect of a warranty. Repairs can run around $400+, while replacements will cost more than $6,000. Even while your system is under warranty, it’s a good idea to keep it well maintained and to continue to have it checked regularly to avoid major problems and repairs or replacements.

Tank or tankless, water heaters are also covered and the service contractors know how to diagnose problems. Once again, regular, proper maintenance will always be recommended, but while you’re covered, you don’t have to worry about a replacement cost that could run around $1,700.

As for appliances, the ones most typically covered are the dishwasher, oven/range, refrigerator, garbage disposal, and built-in microwave. In some cases, if you have wine fridges, stand-alone freezers, pool/spa equipment, etc., you can pay extra for a warranty covering these and other issues, such as leaking roofs, well pumps, water softeners, etc. The extra cost depends on the coverage, but is an option.

Plumbing issues are often a nightmare when they happen, and inevitably are quite expensive. Leaky faucets and running toilets add to your water bills, while leaks and line breaks can create serious damage to your home and can lead to further repairs including floors, ceilings, and walls. Even stopped up drains can be an issue and as long as they’re not caused by roots, they’re generally covered under the warranty.

Obviously a warranty provides peace of mind. We go further by also offering two scheduled warranty appointments: the 60 day and 11-month. This makes sure things are still running as they should and allows you to address any concerns, although you can do that at any point should an issue arise. We offer a convenient online form for submitting issues, as well as a phone number for more urgent issues.

Our warranties are just one more reason why you should consider purchasing one of our homes in Portland OR. New homes may seem more costly at first, but they save you money in the long run, thanks to better building practices, more efficient appliances, and the comfort of a warranty should anything go wrong. Contact us today to learn more about the homes we build, the options we offer, and the peace of mind that comes with our 2-10 warranty.

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