How Much Does a Home Warranty Cost?

Knowing what a home warranty costs before purchasing one is important. Learn more about a home warranty’s cost and value in this article. | Photo Credit: Shutterstock © Verena Joy

The cost of a home warranty is one of the most important factors for homeowners when considering whether they should purchase a home warranty. In this article, we take a close look at the costs of a home warranty and whether their value is worth the price.

Home Warranty Costs Summary

A home warranty costs between $300 and $600 annually on average, but your personal cost depends on a variety of factors, including the plan you purchase and the provider you choose.

Average monthly cost: $25-$50 per month

Average service fee: $75-$125 per repair visit

Minimum monthly cost: $20

Maximum monthly cost: $115

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Today’s Homeowner works with an independent reviews team to create evidence-based research that helps our readers make informed decisions. The reviews are always independent. For transparency, we may be compensated if you purchase through a link.

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Study: As American Homes Get Bigger, Apartments Shrink

Single-family homes are getting bigger, but apartments are getting smaller, according to a new study. (DepositPhotos)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our houses have taken additional roles as places of work, learning and exercising. But how many of us actually have a home big enough to comfortably support these activities?

A new report from STORAGECafé, a self-storage search website, investigates where people are the luckiest when it comes to living space. The study shows how the average size of newly built American homes has evolved during the past decade.

Beautiful, luxurious bedroom with an upholstered headboard and a chandelier
More single-family homes have three or four-plus bedrooms, making them more adaptable during the pandemic. (DepositPhotos)

Single-Family Homes Have More Bedrooms

Single-family house dwellers will find it much easier to adapt to the new working-from-home reality than apartment dwellers.

The average size of a single-family residence built in 2019 in the U.S. was 2,611 square feet, according to U.S. Census Data. That’s 143 square feet more than in 2010.

New apartments, on the other hand, followed an opposite trend, losing about 90 square feet from 2010 to 2019. New apartments built in 2010 encompassed 1,245 square feet on average, while 2019-built units only ticked 1,156 square feet.

Bedroom distribution

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Living Spaces Study: People Want More Space, Less Stuff

Quarantine has helped many Americans realize they have more possessions than they need. (DepositPhotos)

People have had more time and opportunity to evaluate their living spaces, and their needs, during the coronavirus pandemic. And the results may surprise you.

House sizes in the U.S. are on the rise — since the 1970s, new homes’ average size has grown by 62%. According to data from the Census Bureau, in 1973, the average home size was 1,660 square feet. In 2015, that average hit an all-time high at 2,687 square feet. 

But most people still want more space, according to a study by Neighbor. The online platform connects people who have extra space and people who need extra storage. 

In light of the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting shutdown that has kept people confined to their houses, about a third of Americans said they wished they had more living space.

45% reported wanting more living space in their next home; 41% wanted the same amount. Only 14% said they’d rather downsize. 

Perhaps the most interesting finding was that, at the same time, 78% of Americans reported feeling they had too many things in their living spaces. They realized

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5 Garden Design Tips for a Green, Beautiful Backyard

Before you plan your garden, first consider how to make it beautiful and eco-friendly. (DepositPhotos)

When it comes to climate change and the state of our planet, all actions matter. Each one of us can do something to reduce our carbon footprint — starting with something as simple as garden design.

If you have even the smallest garden and you love spending time there and caring for it, you can start introducing changes.

Step by step, you can transform your backyard into a sustainable garden that will benefit you and our planet. Best of all? You can do it without losing any of its beauty or charm.  

Man-made pond in a beautiful garden
Before you purchase a pond system, consider its depth so fish can thrive. (DepositPhotos)

1.   Make Your Pond Eco-Friendly

A well-designed pond can be a garden’s focal point, but it brings multiple benefits other than looks.

It can help you create a whole, healthy ecosystem in your backyard and provide you and your family a place to relax.

However, you need to consider several things to make sure that it’s environmentally-friendly and easy to maintain.

A pond needs to be deep enough if you want to fill it with living organisms such as

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Guide To Taking Care of Your Southern Lawn

Southern lawns require precise and continuous care. Our guide to southern lawn care will keep your lawn looking gorgeous and green. | Photo Credit: Shutterstock © izikMD

Southern lawns require precise, year-round care in order to stay green and lush. Contrary to popular belief, comprehensive southern lawn care doesn’t end with mowing your lawn and turning on your sprinklers. This complete guide to southern lawn care will show you exactly how to get and maintain the lawn you’ve been dreaming of.

But maintaining a great-looking lawn can be a challenge. If you don’t have time to manage your own lawn care, consider choosing a reputable and professional lawn care company to manage your property on your behalf. 

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Today’s Homeowner works with an independent reviews team to create evidence-based research that helps our readers make informed decisions. The reviews are always independent. For transparency, we may be compensated if you purchase through a link.

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How to Plan Your Dream Kitchen the Easy Way

Creating a dream kitchen is not an overnight project. The entire process, from design to purchase and installation, could take weeks.  

Every home has a kitchen, but it may not be a dream kitchen where form meets function.

If you want to transform a boring or outdated kitchen into a beautiful cook’s kitchen, plan now to prevent surprises later.

Before you visit the first showroom or click on a website, ask yourself these three questions.

European-style cabinets in a dream kitchen with two glasses of wine on the countertop.
European-style cabinets look great in this modern kitchen, but consider your entire home’s interior design before including them in yours.

What’s your style?

Some of the most popular kitchen styles are contemporary, coastal, cottage, farmhouse, Mediterranean, modern, old world and traditional.

But which matches your home’s interior?

Once you’ve settled on that, think about your dream kitchen’s cabinets, which usually take up the most space. Do you want Shaker, Raised Panel or European-style cabinets?

Check out inspiration photos on Cabinets To Go’s website, review their catalog or visit a local showroom and discuss your vision with their design experts.

Kitchen renovations are an investment and can provide equity to your home, so take plenty of time on the planning and design process. Make

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