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How to Transfer a Home Warranty When Moving

How to Transfer a Home Warranty When Moving

Are you selling your home? If so, you probably know that increasing curb appeal and staging your home can help it to sell faster and for more money. What you probably didn’t know, though, is that selling the home with a home warranty can help you do the same thing!

A home warranty is a bit like home insurance, except it covers the systems and appliances in the home, instead of the home’s structure. Things like your furnace, air conditioner, kitchen appliances or plumbing are repaired or replaced for a low service fee if they fail. According to a study done by the Service Contract Industry Council last June, homes with a home warranty sold for almost $2,500 more than homes without a home warranty. Not only that, but homes with a home warranty sold 16% faster than non-warrantied homes. Why is this? Besides the peace of mind that comes with a home warranty, there are a few reasons. Sometimes companies offer free listing coverage, but usually it’s because a home warranty can be transferred to a new owner during the time of closing.

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How do you transfer a home warranty to a new owner? Well, all home warranty companies are different, but usually all it takes is a phone call. Some home warranties may also charge a minimal transfer fee. When you sell your home, all you have to do is call the home warranty company and let them know who the new owner of the home is, and the home warranty then becomes theirs.

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If you decide you want to protect your new home with a home warranty, you can look for a home that includes a home warranty in the purchase, or purchase one yourself. Some home warranty companies also let you cancel your current contract, and put your refunded money toward a contract on your new home.

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    Last Updated on March 24, 2021

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

    On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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    Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

    1. Smart Door Locks

    A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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    2. Smart Kitchen Tools

    Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

    3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

    If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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    4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

    These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

    5. Nest Thermostat

    This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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    6. Smart Lighting

    Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

    7. Google Chromecast Ultra

    Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

    8. Canary

    This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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