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Make Potential Buyers Happy with a Home Warranty

For a few hundred dollars a year, a home warranty offers protection and peace of mind. As a seller, you can increase your chances of selling quickly and at close to asking price by purchasing a home warranty. Your buyers will feel more comfortable knowing they’re protected if an essential part breaks down, particularly if yours is an older home.

Sometimes called a home protection plan, a home warranty is an annual contract that provides for repair or replacement of major items, such as the heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems. Some warranties also cover major appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, and even swimming pools.

When an item that is covered by the home warranty breaks down, the warranty company will dispatch a service provider to assess the problem. If the needed repair or replacement is covered by the warranty, the provider completes the work. Best of all, the homeowner pays only a modest service call fee (typically around $60).

The cost of a home warranty varies depending on the type of property, the kind of plan (basic or extended), and the warranty company, but it can be a bargain compared to the cost of repairing or replacing an essential component out of the homeowner’s own pocket.

Note that a home warranty usually doesn’t cover items that have not been properly maintained, so the homeowner may have to prove regular maintenance. Also, it’s most important to ensure the home warranty company is reputable and will pay for covered repairs without hassles.

This Holiday Season, Why Not Start a “Chain of Good Deeds?”

The holidays are a time of family and celebration. It’s a time when we unplug from our busy lives and connect with the people around us, and it’s also a time of gratitude for all the good things and good people in our lives.

So this holiday season, why not take it to another level? This occasion would be a great opportunity for us to “pay it forward” as a way of expressing our gratitude for our own good fortune. Whether you call it paying it forward or random acts of kindness, you and your family can celebrate the start of the season of giving through generosity and goodwill.

The phrase first appeared in a 1999 novel titled Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde, followed by a Kevin Spacey movie of the same name. It means returning a favor with a twist: An individual who has been the beneficiary of someone else’s goodwill performs his or her own act of kindness, usually toward a stranger. This sets off what wisegeek.org calls “a chain of good deeds.”

It can be spontaneous (paying for someone who’s a couple of dollars short at the grocery checkout) or deliberate (supporting someone because, at some point in your life, someone supported you). The point is that it’s a selfless act. No reward or thanks expected. Hopefully the recipient will pay it forward with the same spirit.

The action itself brings a resounding sense of gratitude and purpose. This Christmas and New Year, start a chain of good deeds. Decide to commit to paying it forward wherever, whenever, to whoever. Oh, and pass it on.

Peggy Warren, REALTOR®
On The Lake Realty
100 Rarity Bay Parkway
Vonore, TN 37885
(865) 332-9311
(423) 519-3258 ext. 3

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