A Residential Service Contract — also known as a Home Warranty — is meant to protect the home owner from unexpected large repair bills. It is generally a contract to maintain, repair or replace all or any part of the appliances, structural components, electrical, plumbing, heating, or air conditioning systems of residential property. A residential service contract traditionally offers a home warranty to the buyer or seller of an existing home in conjunction with the sale or purchase of the property (usually for a term of one-year.)
You can also choose to carry a residential service contract after the first year of home ownership.
Below is a list of some companies licensed to provide residential service contracts in the state of Texas. I do not have a relationship with any of these companies. Those listed are a few either I or someone I know has done business with. A complete list is available from TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) here.