Your New Home Warranty Questions Answered

Your New Home Warranty Questions Answered - warrantyEach ICI home comes with the industry leading 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty. But most people get the paperwork at their walk-through or closing, stick it in a folder or a drawer and never think about it again.

Whether you know it or not, the warranty we give you continues to provide value to you over the course of many years. Below we’ll talk about what your warranty includes and answer some important questions you may have.

What is a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty?
The 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty is approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and includes one year of workmanship coverage, two years of systems coverage, and ten years of structural defect coverage.

What does a 10-Year Structural Warranty cover?
It provides 10 years of structural defect coverage beginning on the day you move in or close the purchase of your new home.

What’s considered a structural defect?
Physical damage to a home’s designated load-bearing elements by failure that affect their load-bearing function to the extent that you home becomes unsafe to live in.

Which elements of my home are considered load-bearing?
· Roof-Framing Systems
· Floor-Framing
· Load-Bearing Walls and Partitions
· Beams and Girders
· Columns
· Footings & Foundation Systems

Does this warranty transfer when I sell my home?
Yes, the warranty stays with the home and automatically transfers upon change of ownership.

1 Year Workmanship Warranty
This coverage begins on the day you close and protects your home from defects in materials and workmanship for a full year. Specific details can be found in your Construction Performance Guidelines in your 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty Booklet.

What does my 1-year workmanship warranty cover?

Includes chimney draw, chimney connection to the house, and masonry hearth or facing.

Qualified defects in your home’s woodwork include the interior and exterior finish carpentry, plywood, joists, wood beams, posts, wood-framed floors, walls and ceilings, wood sheathing and subflooring.

Finishes (Drywall, Paint, Carpet, etc.)
Defects covered include the drywall, lath and plaster walls and ceilings, hard surface flooring, bathtubs, showers, and countertops, resilient and finished wood flooring, interior and exterior painting and carpeting.

Doors & Windows
Includes interior, exterior, and garage doors, door knobs, deadbolts and lock sets, weather stripping, wood, plastic and metal windows , glass and glazing, storm doors, windows and screens.

Cabinets & Vanities
Defects covered include those that take place in kitchen and vanity cabinet doors and drawers, high-pressure laminated kitchen and vanity countertops.

Included are receptacles, fixtures, fuses, ground fault interrupters and circuit breakers.

Covered defects include those in brick and stone veneer, concrete block basement walls, stucco and cement plaster walls.

Site Work
Protects against defects in grading established by our team around backfilled areas within 10 ft of your home’s foundation so surface water drains away from your home.

Thermal & Moisture Protection
Defects in waterproofing, moisture control and ventilation in basements, attics and roofs, insulation around living areas, exterior wall caulking and siding, gutters and downspouts.

Defects in plumbing and water supply fixtures such as faucets, valves, and water pipes as well as adequacy of heating and cooling systems.

Foundation & Concrete
Defects in concrete basements and foundation walls, basement and attached garage floors, slab-on-grade floors with finish flooring, stoops, steps, and interior concrete.

2-Year Systems Warranty
Your 2-year systems warranty takes effect on the day your purchase closes. This warranty protects against defects in electrical, plumbing, and mechanical distribution systems for two years. More information can be found in your 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty Booklet.

What does my 2-year systems warranty cover?

Waste Piping
Repairs to sanitary sewers, fixtures, and waste & drain lines to prevent clogs or poor drainage.

Duct Work
Repairs to your home’s heating and cooling ductwork if it separates or detaches.

Waste, vent, and water pipe leaks and bursts, heating and air-conditioning refrigerant line leaks,
water supply and septic tank system operation.

Electrical System (Wiring)
Covers wiring and electrical conductors ensuring that the home’s wiring carries its designated load.

Peace of Mind
Even if just a few things go wrong with your new home, without a new home warranty, the costs can add up quickly and have a significant impact on your wallet.

Being well-informed on your warranty is crucial when things go wrong. Not knowing a repair is covered and having to cut into savings is a great inconvenience.

Likewise, assuming that an uncovered repair will be covered can give you a very unexpected surprise.

For homebuyers, a warranty safeguards your largest single investment, and protects you against unexpected repair or replacement expenses.