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Why Is It Important to Have Warranties on Your Custom Home?

Posted by Don Brill on January 09, 2019


After investing serious time and money into your custom home, the last thing you want to do is fork over more resources to cover a mistake, repair, or replacement. Of course, you purchase your custom home with an expectation of excellence, but, unfortunately, there are some cases in which either builder error or product defect comes into play. Having appropriate warranties in place can save you the hassle of resolving issues on your own. Here’s why it’s important to get warranties on your custom home. 


Covers Most Features

There are two primary warranties to keep in mind for your custom home. The first is a builder warranty. Provided by the builder, this type of warranty typically covers a number of features, including

  • Concrete foundation
  • Basement
  • Shingles
  • Carpentry
  • Insulation
  • Siding
  • Doors and windows
  • Garage doors
  • Paint
  • Plumbing
  • Heating and cooling

A builder warranty may last from six months to two years. Check with your custom builder to find out the specifics of your warranty and how long you’ll be covered.

The second type of warranty available is a home warranty. This is a supplemental warranty that you can purchase in addition to your builder warranty. Home warranties usually cover items that are not covered under either a builder warranty or homeowners insurance. This can help you ensure that elements like your washer and dryer, HVAC system, and kitchen appliances keep serving you after the manufacturers’ warranties have run out.


Allows for Adjustment

The whole point in building a custom home is your satisfaction. If there are elements of your home that you are not happy with down the road, a warranty acts as your remedy. In most cases, a warranty covers the home’s materials and workmanship. While a warranty won’t allow you to make adjustments to your home’s design, it can resolve issues in quality or condition. This ensures that your satisfaction really is guaranteed.


Problems May Not Surface Immediately

When your custom home is finished, you and your builder will do a final walkthrough. This is the last opportunity before you move in to make changes and correct any issues that may be present. This part of the home building process is helpful for spotting superficial problems like paint chips or minor dings. When it comes to other potential issues like a squeaky floor or loose shingles, these problems may not be evident at first. Of course, a builder’s first priority is building a quality home. That being said, human and product error is not completely avoidable. A warranty acts as a safety net in case something undetected surfaces a month or more into your living situation.


If you’re ready to start on your custom home, contact Homes by Brill in Des Moines. Our team of building professionals will work with you to design a dream home you can live in the rest of your life. Our one-year warranty allows you to settle into your new home without concern for the small issues that may arise. For trustworthy service and impeccable delivery, choose Homes by Brill. Schedule a consultation today! 


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