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An American eBuilder Warranty: Your Ticket to Customer Trust

As a builder, you have worked diligently to establish and grow a reputation. From this reputation, you generate new and repeat business, and you increase your clientele and profits. As you probably realize, part of an impeccable reputation is being able to establish your customers’ trust that your work is top-quality and designed to please. Being able to offer your customers a new home warranty is the best way to achieve this level of trust, especially if they are not referrals or if they do not know your reputation.

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What sets American eBuilder home warranties apart from all others? Here are five reasons you can’t afford to use any other warranty company!

FLEXIBLE CHOICES: Just as customs homes are tailored to meet your customers’ desires, our warranties are easy to customize to meet your wishes. From 1+9 to 2+8 to HUD-approved, we have many options, easily chosen through our website, or with a simple phone call if you’d prefer. See more at http://www.americanebuilder.com/warranty/flexible-choices.

PEACE & PROTECTION: You’ve invested time and money into the homes you build. An American eBuilder Warranty will give you peace of mind, reduce the likelihood of disputes, add value to the home and reduce risk to you. Here are more details on the benefits: www.americanebuilder.com/warranty/benefits-and-advantages/for-builders!

HUD PLANS: Not every warranty company is able to offer an approved HUD warranty plan to home buyers. But American eBuilder has a variety of HUD-approved warranties, which meet the criteria for FHA, VA or USDA. Get the full scoop here: http://www.americanebuilder.com/warranty/hud-warranty-plans.

SIMPLICITY: As part of our American eBuilder family, getting a warranty is as easy as “point, click, print!” If you hate doing paperwork, we have the answer of your dreams! You log in to your account online, enter basic data about the home to be warranted, make payment and then print the warranty. So quick and convenient! http://www.americanebuilder.com/warranty/easy-pay-save-time-resources.

TEAMWORK: American eBuilder partners with our builders. From our exclusive “Point, Click, Print” feature to our mission statement of On-line, On-Time, No Equal, No Excuses, we are committed to making your business experience with us a superior one, where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Contact us today and find out how our HUD-approved home warranty company can help protect your business’ investment as well as your own professional reputation. http://www.americanebuilder.com/contact-us.

M2=H2: E is for Electricity

While you’ve already learned about what circuit breakers are and how they function, there is more to know about the electrical service provided to your home.

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OVERLOADS: As you may remember, when a circuit overloads, the breaker is tripped. But what if this occurs again and again? Chances are good that you are plugging too many small appliances or one large appliance into a circuit which cannot handle that load. At that point, you should contact an electrician to see if you need a different type or additional wiring.

GFCIs: Another facet of your electricity are ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). These are installed in any place you may be using water and electrical appliances simultaneously, such as in the bathroom or kitchen. If an electrical appliance were to fall into water, these interrupters would immediately cut the flow of electricity to protect you from harm. Once per month, you should test the GFCIs with the “test” button on the outlets. Sometimes, a GFCI will trip unintentionally. If a GFCI outlet suddenly stops working, try pushing the “reset” button to correct the problem.

Are you a home builder or remodeler? Visit our website, americanebuilder.com, and see what we can do for you! In addition to our 10-year new home warranties, we also offer 5-year remodeling warranties.

M2=H2: D is for Deck

Although not every home has one, decks have become a popular addition to a house. Modern decks require minimal care, but they still need occasional attention. Decking materials include pressure-treated wood, redwood, cedar, composite materials, plastic materials and aluminum materials. Each has steps you can take to prolong its life.

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PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD: This type of wood will last between 15-18 years if maintained. Every other year, clean and seal it with water-repellant. If splinters develop, you will need to sand it before resealing. With this wood, a board may occasionally warp or pop up. Simply screw it back in place or replace that board if necessary.

REDWOOD: The highest grade (called heartwood) of this decking has a life of 20- 30 years. Lower grades are pressure-treated and have varying lifespans. Maintenance is similar to pressure-treated wood, but less frequent.

CEDAR: Cedar decking will last for about 20 years. It will resist warping, insects and rot, as the grain is tighter than other woods. Like redwood it requires minimal maintenance.

COMPOSITE MATERIALS: Composite is a combination of plastic and wood. Although it is low-maintenance, it does need some care. Color will fade and it can stain if something is spilled on it. In addition, mold and mildew may develop. Use a warm, soapy water and a bristle brush to remove the mold or mildew.

PLASTIC DECKING: This material is like composite, but contains no wood. Plastic needs little maintenance. In extreme temperatures, plastic may become brittle (in cold) or may expand and contract (in temperature fluctuations), but this is generally not problematic.

ALUMINUM DECKING: Aluminum lasts a lifetime and is VERY low maintenance and easy to clean with warm, soapy water.

If you’re enjoying our blog posts, why not visit our website, americanebuilder.com? We offer affordable and customizable 10-year new home warranties which are VA/FHA HUD accepted!

M2=H2: C is for Circuit Breakers

 

Part of your home’s electrical system is the breaker box. Included in this box, usually located in the basement or a utility closet, are a master circuit breaker and smaller circuit breakers.

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MASTER CIRCUIT BREAKER: This switch will cut off all electricity to your home.

CIRCUIT BREAKERS: These prevent your wiring from overloading by automatically cutting the power if a problem is detected. When a breaker is tripped, first check to see that the problem which cause it is resolved (such as too many appliances plugged into one circuit). Flip the circuit breaker to a full-off position and then flip back to full on. Your power should be restored.

POWER OUTAGES: From time to time, storms or accidents may disrupt service to your house. If all electrical service to your home is cut, first check to see if your neighbors have power. If they do not, then call your power company to report the outage. If your neighbors do have power, then the problem is at your house. Check your master circuit breaker and individual breakers. If the problem is not there, you will need to call an electrician for assistance.

The 12 Days of Christmas, American eBuilder Style

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On the first day of Christmas, my builder gave to me …
An AeB Home Warranty.

On the second day of Christmas, my builder gave to me …
Two fireplaces
And an AeB Home Warranty.

On the third day of Christmas, my builder gave to me …
Three graded landscapes, two fireplaces
And an AeB Home Warranty.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my builder gave to me …
Four plumbing systems, three graded landscapes, two fireplaces
And an AeB Home Warranty.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my builder gave to me …
Five hardwood floors,
Four plumbing systems, three graded landscapes, two fireplaces
And an AeB Home Warranty.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my builder gave to me …
Six wrap-around porches,
Five hardwood floors,
Four plumbing systems, three graded landscapes, two fireplaces
And an AeB Home Warranty.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my builder gave to me …
Seven electric systems, Six wrap-around porches,
Five hardwood floors,
Four plumbing systems, three graded landscapes, two fireplaces
And an AeB Home Warranty.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my builder gave to me …
Eight redwood decks, Seven electric systems, Six wrap-around porches,
Five hardwood floors,
Four plumbing systems, three graded landscapes, two fireplaces
And an AeB Home Warranty.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my builder gave to me …
Nine dormer windows, Eight redwood decks,
Seven electric systems, Six wrap-around porches,
Five hardwood floors,
Four plumbing systems, three graded landscapes, two fireplaces
And an AeB Home Warranty.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my builder gave to me …
Ten concrete slabs, Nine dormer windows, Eight redwood decks,
Seven electric systems, Six wrap-around porches,
Five hardwood floors,
Four plumbing systems, three graded landscapes, two fireplaces
And an AeB Home Warranty.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my builder gave to me …
Eleven whirlpool bathtubs, Ten concrete slabs,
Nine dormer windows, Eight redwood decks,
Seven electric systems, Six wrap-around porches,
Five hardwood floors,
Four plumbing systems, three graded landscapes, two fireplaces
And an AeB Home Warranty.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my builder gave to me …
Twelve exterior doors, Eleven whirlpool bathtubs, Ten concrete slabs,
Nine dormer windows, Eight redwood decks,
Seven electric systems, Six wrap-around porches,
Five hardwood floors,
Four plumbing systems, three graded landscapes, two fireplaces
And an AeB Home Warranty.

 

From all of us to all of you,
May you have a very blessed Christmas!

M2=H2: B is for Bath Fixtures

Bathtubs, sinks and showers can be composed of china, porcelain enamel or fiberglass-reinforced plastic. All of these surfaces can be damaged by harsh chemicals, gritty materials or things which can scratch or stain the surface. In addition, each of these surfaces has its own care checklist.

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CHINA & PORCELAIN ENAMEL: While these surfaces appear to be glossy and impervious to damage, they can be scratched or chipped. Abrasive cleaners will also damage the finish. Use either a cleanser which is non-abrasive, or use a mildly abrasive cleaner with a lot of water.

STAINLESS STEEL: These surface resists staining very well. Clean with a non-abrasive cleanser, or a specific cleaner made for stainless steel.

PLASTIC: A plastic surface will stain and scratch very easily. Use only a non-abrasive cleanser with such surfaces. If the finish begins to look dull, you can apply a wax or surface protector finish to restore the shine and to make daily cleaning easier.

GLASS: Some shower doors are glass. For regular cleaning, use liquid dishwashing detergent. DO NOT use bar soap, as it will leave a residue. In addition, after every use, wipe the glass with a sponge to avoid water spots.

M2=H2: A is for Attic

 

Attics come in all shapes and sizes. In modern homes, the roof construction often has roof trusses which preclude any storage space in the attic. Occasionally, attics may be built with an area large enough to use for storage space. If this is the case with your attic, be careful to not store extremely large or heavy items which may not be supported by the attic floor, or which may interfere with the insulation. Also keep in mind that if you store things in your attic, the temperatures will be extreme. Never put items in the attic which could be flammable or damaged by heat/cold.

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INSULATION: Today’s homes are built to be energy-efficient. Insulation types include blown cellulose and traditional fiberglass. Blown cellulose may shift or move and leave areas uninsulated. If you notice this, readjust the insulation to cover properly. Also be sure that the insulation does not block attic ventilation. If you need to move fiberglass insulation, wear gloves to protect your hands.

LOUVERS: Attics may have louvered vents which allow hot air and moisture to escape. Always keep these vents unobstructed to prevent moisture damage to your attic.

RAFTERS: Visually examine your rafters and attic sheeting periodically. Dark spots or water stains could be your first sign of a roofing problem. Follow the wetness or stain to its highest point to locate the exact source of the leak. Also look for outside light or staining around chimneys and vents.

M2=H2 (Meticulous Maintenance = Happy Homeowner)

BlackboardDid you know that, as a homeowner, you can do many simple maintenance tasks to extend the life of the components of your new home? Often, a new home buyer will move in to their dream home and not realize that periodic maintenance can make their investment not only last, but appreciate in value over time. Our next several blog posts will detail a few of these simple things to help you in your home-owning experience.

Before you move in to your new home, be sure to check all major components to verify that your builder has done everything to your specifications. If anything is amiss, contact your builder’s warranty service department to request repairs within a specific time frame. Also be sure to ask your builder the location of things such as the circuit breaker panel, water shut-offs, gas shut-offs, sewer cleanout, phone box and any buried systems or lines, such as propane, electric, cable and phone.

Home, Sweet Home Warranty

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Based in Harrisburg, PA, American eBuilder home warranty company has been serving clients in many states across the US for nearly 13 years. Because we have years of experience in the 10-year new home warranty industry, we provide knowledgeable, efficient and expert service to professionals in New Home Construction and Remodeling.

Our HUD-approved 10-year warranties offer our clients an easy, affordable and convenient way to protect their businesses and reputations.

The American eBuilder staff has served the new home warranty industry as national account managers, marketing directors, sales representatives, heads of builder membership departments, underwriting managers, dispute settlement specialists and enrollment directors. Both Construction and Real Estate professionals across the nation know they can depend on us to understand their needs and concerns. Some of our team are retired builders, who bring special insight into working with consumers, inspection and code enforcement regulations and understanding the building industry. These factors allow us to serve your warranty needs with personal, professional and convenient assistance.

Visit our website and discover how an American eBuilder home warranty can protect and build your professional investment and reputation today!