When you bought your last home and something went wrong, how difficult was it to get the contractor to come and fix it? Chances are it was a hassle, and the work wasn't done in time. Manufactured homes generally come with a one-year warranty for construction and separate warranties for windows, doors, siding, faucets, appliances -- you name it. Most will even provide their customers with extended warranties.
While all new homes will have a warranty, used homes might not. Ask some of these important questions before signing off on the house:
- How long does the warranty last?
- What does the warranty cover?
- What voids the warranty?
- Does the retailer, builder or installer perform the warranty work, or is it split between all parties?
- Does the warranty become void if the installation site is not properly prepared? [source: Consumer Union]
However, buyer beware: The key is to make sure you have a copy of the complete warranty and not a summary document. And be sure to keep the warranty up to date if it requires renewing.