We bought our house almost 3 years ago. I remember the whole process pretty clearly, I even remember some of the houses we looked at and said, “No way!” to. We both vividly remember the house that “got away” because of it being a short sale and little communication from the seller’s realtor. It was a great house… *sigh*.
Anyway, we had only seen the home buying process on TV, where so much is left out. We were given pamphlets and worksheets, catalogs for home warranties, print-outs of potential homes that fit our budget and wants. I think we still have the thick envelope from our realtor in the filing cabinet even!
Shortly after we bought our house and moved in, we had a situation with our dishwasher. There was a ton of water at the bottom, and I had no idea what to do. So we called a plumber. Who charged us like $75 just to come look… and to fix it in about two minutes. I must have switched the knob too soon so I could open the door to let the dishes air-dry, and the water didn’t get to drain completely. He flipped on the garbage disposal and bye-bye went the water. No joke.
Had we paid more attention, and purchased an American Home Shield warranty, we would have paid a little less and had the peace of mind that if something had been seriously wrong with the dishwasher, it would have been covered.
In these three years we’ve owned this house, we’ve run into little problems (things we could manage) and are kicking our butts for not getting a home warranty. My advice? Get one. You’ll end up having to make a service call, never doubt that!
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Yes, this is a sponsored post but a true story nonetheless! I now know how to properly run my dishwasher :)