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Your home warranty: explained

May 20, 2021

Your home warranty: explained

There are plenty of benefits to buying a new-construction home, and one of the most lucrative is a home warranty. Blue Fern offers a 2-10 backed homebuyer’s warranty with each home we build, helping to eliminate any added stress from the purchasing process. While our construction process focuses on using established building practices, high-quality materials and working with trusted partners, we include a home warranty to offer peace of mind to the homeowners we welcome into our neighborhoods. See what our warranty covers below.    

1 Year Workmanship Warranty

The 1 year workmanship warranty provides surety coverage from the day of closing, and provides clearly defined construction standards for defects in materials and workmanship for the first year of living in your townhome. This warranty level focuses issues that you can see, as it covers: 

  • Roof covering
  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Door panels
  • Exterior siding
  • Hardwood floors
  • Ceramic tile
  • Drywall 
  • Interior trim
  • Carpet 
  • Paint 
  • Fireplace

For example, the 1 Year Workmanship Warranty will cover the shingles on your roof, but the 10 Year Structural Warranty is what covers the framing of the roof. 

2 Year Systems Warranty

The 2 Year Systems Warranty, just like the first level, provides surety coverage from day of closing. This warranty provides clearly defined construction standards for defects in the distribution of electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems for a full two years. This covers: 

  • Supply piping 
  • Waste piping 
  • Electrical wiring 

If a lightbulb burns out or a toilet gets backed up, that’s not included in this warranty—but in the rare event that this happens because of faulty electrical wiring or broken waste piping, then it may be covered. 

10 Year Structural Warranty 

Lastly, the insurance-backed 10 Year Structural Warranty provides 10 full years of coverage for qualified structural defects from the day of closing. It protects designated load-bearing elements of the home caused by failure that affects their load-bearing function to the extent that the home becomes unsafe, unsanitary or otherwise unlivable. The 10 Year Warranty covers: 

  • Roof framing
  • Load-bearing walls
  • Beams
  • Columns
  • Foundation 
  • Floor framing 

Home is where you should feel your safest, which is why Blue Fern is proud to offer decade-long coverage on the structural integrity of your townhome. 

One more thing 

Home warranties are not all-inclusive, so it’s also important to understand what’s not covered. One major factor to consider is that warranties do not cover issues caused by improper care of your home. For example, it’s a homeowner’s responsibility to replace the filters for your HVAC system regularly—so if this necessary maintenance is neglected and then causes a systems issue, it typically won’t be covered. Your warranty manual can provide further guidance on what’s covered, but if you’re still unsure about your specific issue, the Blue Fern team is here to help.  

A builder you can trust

Blue Fern Homes was founded on the idea of using our passions to do something that will matter in the long term. We put so much thought into the selection of our land, construction of our homes and the care of our community—which is why a home warranty is the least we can do to ensure our new-construction townhomes and communities will better the areas we build in. 

If you’re in the market for a new townhome, you can learn more about our upcoming communities or schedule a tour of our currently available homes. Contact us today via online form or call (206) 319-9681.