4 Home Upgrades You Might Want to Insure with Mulberry

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Upgrading your living space can take on many forms, whether it’s to make the house more efficient for your lifestyle, increase the value of your home for potential buyers, or perhaps it’s finally time to give in to modernization.

Regardless of the reason, home upgrades often turn into larger expenses than you anticipated. How many times have you damaged a brand-new item before it even gets to make its debut in your house? Accidents happen all the time, especially during DIY projects.

You may not realize it, but you can get extended warranty protection on almost anything. This can be especially helpful when you’re purchasing items for your home reno that are going to see a lot of wear and tear.

If you’re a savvy shopper, you’re probably familiar with browser extensions that will help you find the best prices or alert you to coupon codes. Some browser extensions, like the one offered by Mulberry, can also offer product protection for home upgrades you buy online.

Mulberry's free extension alerts you when products you’re shopping for are eligible for product protection. You can get free 1-year MulberryCare protection plans, or you can choose to extend the warranties for the lowest prices on the market (they guarantee it).

So, what are some of the most common items used in home renos that people purchase extended warranties for? Here are the top four product categories based on Mulberry customers:

1. Furniture

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Furniture comes in as the #1 category for product protection. This can include indoor items like sofas, tables, rugs, and mattresses (even sheets!) and outdoor items like patio furniture, umbrellas, heaters, and fire pits.

No wonder this is the top category for Mulberry customers—it covers many items that see the most wear and tear. New furniture is also one of the easiest ways to refresh your home and upgrade your home’s appearance. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t let guests eat on your couch, Mulberry can help you protect your cherished furnishings.

2. Appliances

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This is a big one when it comes to home renovation. Most large appliances come with some sort of manufacturer warranty, but we’ve all experienced the appliance that breaks in month 14 (why does that always happen?).

From washers, dryers, and refrigerators to microwaves, air fryers, and espresso machines, appliances see heavy usage, which makes them perfect candidates for product protection.

Especially if you’re modernizing your home, the items you’re looking at are likely controlled by digital sensors and smart panels that provide all the cool features—until they don’t.

For the times you have zero idea why you can no longer foam milk but it will spray gallons of hot water out of that tiny hole, or your freezer is meticulously producing one ice cube a day, Mulberry can help fix the problem without a big new investment.

3. Electronics

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This category checks all the boxes—smart devices level up your home, create efficiencies for your lifestyle, and are attractive to prospective buyers. Home security systems, smart doorbells, Bluetooth speakers and sound systems, smart plugs and lightbulbs—this list goes on and on.

You could spend a lot of money making your home the smartest one on the block, and many people do. But at the end of the day, the smarter your home gets, the more likely it is that you’ll run into technical difficulties.

Extended warranties on electronics protect against accidental damage and mechanical failures. How many times have you replaced the keypad on your door because the batteries keep inexplicably dying? An insurance plan from Mulberry can help give you peace of mind around your critical equipment.

4. Tools

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This rounds out our list as the fourth top-protected category. And it makes sense—if you’re into DIY, that requires the right tools and equipment to complete the projects. If you’re not a professional contractor, you’re probably buying tools first and figuring out how to use them after (because YouTube said you needed it).

Some tools come with manufacturer warranties, but they don’t usually cover operator error. If you snap a drill bit for any reason, having a Mulberry care plan can get you back in business without further purchases.

Extended warranties, or product protection plans, can save you big in the long run. The initial investment is affordable (or even free), and the protection plan will cover accidental damage that may happen during or after your renovation.

Some items come with manufacturer warranties, but they generally offer short-term coverage that only applies if the damage is caused by a manufacturer defect. Otherwise, you’re on your own to repair or replace your damaged product.

If you’re curious, you can read more about extended warranties vs. manufacturer warranties in this article from Mulberry. Don’t leave your new investment to chance. Install the Mulberry extension and protect your purchases!