Home Warranty Advice – selected user comments #2

Review filed under: HSA Home Warranty
Author: Paul Dalton

Call me a homeowner with realistic expectations. It seems that some others expect 1 hr service; but for the price we pay that is unrealistic, that speed of service would come with a steep price. Heat and cold can be uncomfortable; but they are not considered “emergency” items until they become life-threatening.

It is Saturday and I just called in a claim on my downstairs heating unit, which apparently just stopped working. The customer service agent, Sarah was polite, took my claim provided me the claim#, the name of the preferred provider and a phone number to contact them if I have not received a call by 10 am on Monday. (To me, that is next day service and I can live with that)

As a policy holder for 3 years, I can recall 4 claims (3 of which were honored without problem and 1 which we disagreed upon; but the unit is functioning).

I have never had a problem with HSA customer service (other than prolonged wait time). Each agent has been polite and tried to be helpful (they didn’t always have the answer I wanted but they tried to help).

It appears some people confuse HSA service with that of the sub-contractors that showed up to provide service. For the most part the contractors HSA sent to my house were polite and knowledgeable; with one exception (after my complaint and likely others, that contractor is no longer part of the HSA network) Yes HSA tries to find the lowest cost providers to make their business model work and those tend to be one or two man businesses; but that doesn’t mean they can’t be knowledgable. The contractors that have been to my residence diagnose the problem then convince the HSA rep that the service is covered because as one guy put it; “I make more money when I have work to do and unless they approve the claim, I can’t do much work.”

Without this policy, I never would have been able to replace the compressor on my HVAC unit for $75 (+50 to the contractor for a second man to help with carrying/installation/disposal). Yes, it is a 10 seer unit, so it is not the latest and greatest, and yes it is a lower tier brand name so it may not last as long as top-tier unit; but I have AC that works just fine for a severely discounted price.






Summer 2016 is on track to break records for high temperatures. According to The Weather Channel, some U.S. states will see temperatures well beyond their normal summer levels.  And with the brutally hot weather comes a strain on air conditioning systems with added repair costs if it fails.  Unlike certain appliances in the home or even major systems, heating and cooling systems serve a uniquely important purpose during extreme high or low temperatures.  So downtime longer than a few hours can turn a comfortable house into one that is unsafe to stay in, under the worst of weather circumstances of course.

How-To-Manage-Soaring-Repair-Costs?

Most of our readers on HomeWarrantyReviews.com are familiar with the benefits of home warranties and how it helps in reducing the repair costs.  But even having a home service contract may not be enough protection in the event that temperatures run consistently higher than an air conditioning system can counteract.  Excessive short-term demands on local HVAC repair companies can result in long wait times for customers desperate to get help restoring their A/C operation to normal.  Supplies at the local level of parts and other materials essential to restoring operation of broken air conditioning systems can quickly run out, leaving customers without cooling in their homes for days at a time.  And home warranty companies can find themselves running out of available contractors to send to their customers’ homes when claims for service are filed during these high demand time periods.

In this situation, preparing ahead of time is absolutely essential to a homeowner’s safety.  Here are some key things readers will want to consider, going into what may be for them the hottest one they’ve ever experienced.

Maintain the air conditioning system to reduce Repair Costs!

There is no failsafe trick to beating a rush on air conditioning repair services.  Unless the reader has the luxury of being able to fix the A/C without assistance, there probably isn’t much that can be done to get ahead of other customers when demands exceed supplies in the local area.  So waiting for the cooling system in the house to break down isn’t wise at all.  Instead of finding out the hard way that the system isn’t up to the task of maintaining a safe, livable temperature in the home during extremely hot outdoor temperatures, it pays to have the system maintained at least twice each year, ensuring that part that looks like it’s reaching the end of its life is replaced preemptively.  Home service contracts may not cover this type of preventive repair, but when it comes to safety, it never pays to nickel and dime household repair decisions.

Location, location, location!

Under regular demands, an HVAC system may not show that it’s not well maintained or optimally configured.  But put that same system under heavy demands, from really hot weather that lasts days or weeks at a time, and suddenly the flaws become obvious.  One aspect of optimal HVAC configuration that is easy to overlook without professional knowledge is the placement of the external parts of the cooling system.  

The parts of the system that reside outside the home function best when kept clean and out of the way of climatic or other interferences.  Long daily exposure to direct sunlight is not great for a cooling system that is already working overtime to keep the inside of the house cool.  Knowing how much sun exposure the unit is receiving and compensating in some way for units that are overexposed to the added heat coming from a lack of proper shade from the sun can be an integral part of avoiding system breakdowns during periods of very high outdoor temperatures.

Also, it is important to avoid any object being too close to the outdoor unit of the cooling system.  In particular, high grass, other landscaping, fences, foundations, and other obstructions can hinder air flow or block it entirely.  Loose debris from these types of obstructions can clog the unit.  It’s always best to keep the area around the unit clear.

Give the cooling system some help, a break even.

Though sustained high outdoor temperatures may give homeowners no choice but to run the air conditioner non-stop, it’s still possible to do many things to reduce the workload on the system.

Were you raised in a barn?  

Depending on a reader’s age, chances are this sarcastic question is pretty familiar.  But it lived on the tongues of many a mom and dad over the years for good reason, it hits the bullseye for the person paying the electric bill!  Opening and closing doors, leaving garage doors open, opening curtains or blinds that might have helped keep the house cool if left closed, all of these are ways that making bad decisions can heat up the house.  In a summer like the one the U.S. is now facing, it makes that much more sense to do anything and everything to lighten the workload on the air conditioning system.  Check out the list below of ways to lessen the heating effects inside the house of outside high temperatures.

  • Consider putting heat shielding film on windows that get a lot of direct sunlight.
  • Look around the house for electrical or gas devices that contribute to increased indoor temperatures and reduce the usage of those as much as possible.
  • Avoid leaving any exterior door open for longer than absolutely necessary, especially big ones such as garage doors.
  • Close vent louvers in rooms that stay cooler on their own, in order to keep cool air flowing where it’s most needed.
  • Be sure that any ceiling fans in the house are set to the correct direction for the season.  If it’s not clear on the device which way to set the rotation direction switch in the summertime, just remember that the blades should be going in a counterclockwise direction in order to cool the room.  When it’s really hot outside, turn the fan all the way up, so it can give the A/C the most help possible.

Keep it clean, please.

Filters for the air conditioning and heating system are typically not in view all the time.  Things that are out of sight are easier to forget.  So it pays to keep filter replacement on a calendar, where it’s routinely reminding a homeowner to put in a fresh filter.  Anyone who has ever called for HVAC service, thinking the unit was broken, only to find out a clogged filter was all that was wrong knows that it’s cheaper to buy a bunch of filters and keep them on hand than to assume that filter replacement isn’t a big deal.  

Clean filters help keep the air flowing into the interior part of the system freely and cleanly.  Clogged filters clamp down on airflow, which can result in the interior part of the system freezing up and the house heating up, even as air is still blowing out of vents.  One way to avoid forgetting about filter replacement is to sign up for a service like FilterEasy.  With an auto-shipment subscription, homeowners don’t need to try to remember when it’s time to replace the filter or add the filter to a shopping list.  And it’s far cheaper to keep the filter fresh and clean than to wind up with a repair bill.

Don’t wait until it breaks!

Readers who know it’s been too long since the last maintenance visit should stop right here and get to the phone.  Call a reputable HVAC service company before the chance passes and the busy season is in full swing.  If the company offers any type of discount for customers who pay upfront for annual service visits then give those deals some serious consideration.  Even a home service contract probably won’t cover every dollar of an air conditioning repair.  So every dollar saved counts when the system needs expensive labor and parts to get it running again.

Regular maintenance visits typically check for signs of age or unusual wear and tear.  And in some cases, this type of inspection can identify parts of the system that are near the breaking point.  Whenever this happens, readers are encouraged to make the repairs immediately if funds are available.  Though it’s always hard to know that playing it safe resulted in a real benefit for the homeowner, the old saying is true, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Look out for each other when the heat becomes dangerous.

Readers who are qualified to give advice, either because of professional expertise or personal experiences are encouraged to share in the comments below!  Don’t hold back.  You never know when a moment of your time spent sharing comments with other readers might result in saved money, time, or suffering from a house that is miserably hot.




Usually, appliances last for several years, mainly when they are properly maintained. Adequate maintenance actually brings down faulty function incidents considerably. When household appliances no longer work, you have two alternatives. You could either substitute it or repair it. In order to make the right decision, many points have to be kept in mind. Firstly, make sure your commercial appliance’s age and warranty period. If the particular warranty period continues, your repair could fee you nothing, or much less than what you suppose to pay otherwise.

The Cost of Appliance Repair – Are they worth Repairing?

Average appliance repair costs

Assuming that the warranty period is over and consequently repair shall be pricey, then you certainly must consider a few points. You must begin with obtaining estimates and quotes from no less than four different service providers. If the cost is about 50% of the cost of a new appliance then it is worth getting the repair done. If not, it would make more sense to just upgrade to a newer model. An amazingly old kitchen appliance may give you the situation of hard-to-find spare parts. Your repair guy might have a tough time discovering suitable appliance parts and he could charge extra for that too.

Getting original parts to be substituted by spare alternatives is not a very good idea. There are high chances of making more troubles than answers. Even if it does not prove to be a fix, you will face stumbling blocks later on. Throw away your appliance and get yourself a new one instead. New models from reputable warranty companies tend to be more energy-efficient and reasonable. By employing environmentally friendly commercial appliances in your business, you will also be promoting goodwill and sales among your patrons. It also transforms to lower energy expenses and more savings. The extra cost will surely be justified over the years.

How Much Does Replacing or Repairing an Appliance Cost?

Commercial appliance repair service is normally billed for on hourly basis. Average hourly rates for the first half an hour could vary between $50- $70. After that, for any subsequent moment block the rates will be a few dollars less per half hour. On average, if you are a regular customer of a company, you can anticipate to pay 10$-20$ per hour for time slots from your technician. Lower rates are charged if your appliance is delivered to the provider shop and the technician did not have to go onsite for the repair. Sometimes based on the complexity of the job, the rate will vary. This will usually adjust in benefit of the client as then, the duration of time taken for repair is not of importance. The person will not be anxious about being charged too much.

When calling your repair services call center or offices, bear in mind that ‘overtime calls, i.e. the calls taken after business hours, on holidays, and on weekends, will naturally cost you extra. In fact, charges might even be as much as 25% over. Thus, take thin in account. If the repair is not an emergency, calling for an urgent ‘overtime repair’ is not a very smart idea.

A Pre-Owned Home Warranty Can Protect You From Costly Repairs

If you are most consumers, you would not even consider buying a new or pre-owned car without some type of warranty. So why would you purchase a home without similar protection? Well, the simple answer is the majority of people just don’t know that home warranties exist. But as home sales are rising, buyers are negotiating for the best possible deals and sellers are seeking for advantages to make their home more pleasing. As a result, home warranties are rapidly becoming part of home sale transactions on both sides.

What is a Home Warranty

Get Covered!

A typical pre-owned home warranty is a service agreement provided to the sellers and/or buyers all through the sale of a home that protects the home’s essential mechanical systems and appliances. Usually, home warranties protect sellers and new homeowners from repair and/or replacement costs that are not covered by their homeowners’ insurance. While specific coverage differs, some of the most common items covered are the water heater, HVAC system, plumbing and electrical system.

Cost to Repair Appliances 2012

According to Homewyse, in 2012 the average cost to Repair Appliances varies from $184.63 to $242.40 per each appliance.

Your cost depends on material costs and local labor, level of preparation, finishes quality and job complexity.

Cost to Repair Appliances – General Information

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs to material delivery and service provider transportation to and from the job site
  • Costs to set up the worksite for Appliance Repair, together with costs to project existing finishes, components and materials
  • Costs for site cleaning and debris removal once work is complete
  • Costs for machinery or tools to complete the Appliance Repair
  • Costs for tools or machinery used to complete the Appliance Repair

The cost estimate does not include:

  • Cost to modify or add present electrical, plumbing or HVAC systems
  • General contractor charge fees for directing and managing the Appliance Repair. You would expect 12.3% to 19% to the total cost if a general contractor supervises the project

Appliance Maintenance

The following list comprises major work tasks commonly performed during Appliance Maintenance.
Make use of this list to know the timing and sequence of different steps in the Appliance Maintenance project.

Example:

The table mentioned below is provided by Homewyse which is a vendor neutral, comprehensive online reference for the home. It is published by competent home design and construction professionals who seek to produce a “level playing field” for trade professionals and consumers. By relevant professional knowledge and expert insight which is easily accessible to the average homeowner, Homewyse facilitates effective decision making in all matters related to home.

Task Service Provider Duration Do-it-yourself difficulty Target Cost 
Install Electric Cooktop Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 2 – Challenging $513 – $932
Install Gas Cooktop Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 2 – Challenging $583 – $1,062
Install Trash Compactor Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 2 – Challenging $520 – $949
Install Range Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 2 – Challenging $895 – $1,643
Install Vent Hood Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 2 – Challenging $445 – $811
Install Washing Machine Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 3 – Complex, Difficult $695 – $1,273
Replace Washing Machine Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 2 – Challenging $695 – $1,273
Install Refrigerator Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 2 – Challenging $70 – $117
Install Dishwasher Plumber 1 d Level 3 – Complex, Difficult $488 – $886
Repair Appliances Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 3 – Complex, Difficult $70 – $117
Repair Dishwasher Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 3 – Complex, Difficult $70 – $117
Repair Dryer Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 3 – Complex, Difficult $70 – $117
Repair Refrigerator Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 3 – Complex, Difficult $70 – $117
Replace Built-In Refrigerator Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 2 – Challenging $1,820 – $3,354
Replace Trash Compactor Appliance Service and Repair Technician 1 d Level 2 – Challenging $520 – $949
Install Waste Disposal Plumber 1 d Level 2 – Challenging $105 – $175
Install Ice Maker Plumber 1 d Level 2 – Challenging $230 – $407
Install Dishwasher Plumber 1 d Level 3 – Complex, Difficult $488 – $886
Install Garbage Disposal Plumber 1 d Level 3 – Complex, Difficult $250 – $444



Home Warranty or appliance extended warranty are basically insurance policies for the appliances and systems in your home. Hope you never have to employ them, but glad you have it when your appliance breakdown. With cost of service & electronic components, your repair bill could end up being the same as the price appliance was bought for.

This article will help you in deciding on what is more pertinent, buying a home warranty or extended warranty.

Home Warranty and Extended Warranty – ComparisonHome Warranty or appliance extended warranty

Home Warranty – Valuing Your Possessions

Hands and little house.‘Home Warranty’ is typically provided by the builder to a new homeowner. This covers major household appliances and systems such as washing machine, refrigerators, gas system, central heating and plumbing. Remember, you are only covered if the failure of the appliances or systems is not a result of mishandling or misuse.

 

 

Appliance Extended Warranty

Extended warranty, as the name suggests is usually purchased for a specific appliance(s) or system(s) for a definite period. This warranty is generally provided by the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or any of their subsidiaries or partners. Extended warranty begins once the standard warranty on the product expires and comes with a cost.

What You Get With Your New Appliance

Manufacturer’s Warranty

The least you must be expecting from a warranty on a new appliance is one year on parts and labor. This home warranty cover flaws in parts and workmanship for that year. Generally this warranty will be on site service except for smaller units that may have to be transported to the nearest service centre at the owner’s cost for repair.

This warranty generally starts from the date the appliance was purchased, delivered or installed.

Appliance warranties may or may not cover “cosmetic” or “customer instruct” claims. Cosmetic claims might be a scratch, broken plastic trim piece or knob. Some manufacturers will cover these claims for the first 30 or 60 days. Customers instruct calls can include installation issued calls or operation calls which will also be covered for the first 30 or 60 days.

Limited Warranty

Limited warranties are extended warranties on specific parts of your appliance. These limited warranties are stated in owner’s manual and have fine print, so ensure you read them carefully. Most of the limited warranties offer the part free of cost, the customer may be asked to pay for labor.

Below are some examples of limited warranties.

  1. Laundry products may have a 2-5 year limited warranty on parts that stop working. Other limited warranties may cover the transmission for up to 5 years and a limited lifetime warranty on a stainless steel tub. The part will be covered but you will generally be liable for the labor and any trip service charge.
  2. Cooking appliances may have an extra 2-5 year limited warranty on ceramic cooking surface, heating elements and electronic controls. This is normally only parts and you need to pay for labor and any trip charges.
  3. Dishwashers may have an additional limited warranty on the pump/motor assembly for 2-5 years. The inner tub may also be covered against rust after 5 years to the lifetime of the appliance. Labor and service charges are your responsibility.
  4. Microwave ovens usually have a 5 year limited warranty on the magnetron. You may be responsible for un-installing the microwave if it is an over-the-range model.

Parts replaced under a limited warranty will not increase the warranty period. Generally they will only be assured for the remaining life of the original product’s warranty period.

Lastly, these extended warranties or any appliance warranties are not transferrable to a second owner so keep this mind while buying or selling a pre-owned product.

Do I require Home or  Extended Warranty?

When repairs on appliances are needed, they can be pricey. Here is a list of appliance types and some repairs that we think might call for a purchase of a repair contract.

Built-in Models

When a major problem occurs, specially a built-in appliance, it may not be easy. Some built in appliances are not uniform in size and cabinet work may be required to replace this appliance. In this case, getting the appliance repaired may be expensive. Contract would definitely be best for this case.

Electronic Models

Many modern day appliances have electronic controls. If you live in an area that is prone to power outages, surges or fluctuations, electronic appliances have a bigger danger of being damaged. Most electronic boards are not low-priced to replace, as some cost well over $300 for the part alone. In this case, an agreement would perhaps be wise.

Gas Range

Majority of gas ranges use electronics for control and ignition of the gas. These parts need service or replacement through the life of the stove. Glow bar igniters in your oven are not hard to replace but the cost for these parts are $50-$150. Control boards cost generally from $100-$250. With these costs alone, you can purchase an agreement.

Standard gas ranges require fewer repairs. These stoves are very simple and can run for a lifetime without a repair. Moreover, of gas stoves can still be used even if you have a power outage. In this case, agreement is not recommended.

Electric Ranges

For electronic, self-clean, glass top stoves, a contract is always recommended. Parts on these stoves are usually pricey. Elements alone can cost almost $200; glass tops can cost $600, and controls up to $250.

In case you are purchasing a simple, basic coil type stove, repairs are fairly low-priced. In most of the cases these repairs can be done by the homeowner and he/she shouldn’t be worried about a repair agreement.

Gas Dryers

Gas dryers must be serviced by skilled technicians only. Sometimes heating problems are difficult to diagnose and can be dangerous if not corrected properly.

 

What you Should Know About Home Warranties and Extended Appliance Warranties

Do your homework BEFORE buying home warranty or extended warranty for your appliances or systems. Understand the “Terms and Conditions” of the contract, specially its limitations.

Be sure you know:

  • Any repair NOT covered
  • If you must get second opinions or price estimates before repair
  • The reputation of the selling agent
  • If the agreement contains a service repair cost “deductible” clause
  • If you have to take the appliance to the repair shop or it will be repaired in your home
  • If you will be reimbursed for consequential damage such as clothing or food loss resulting from freezer failure
  • If the agent is responsible for a repair when the necessary part is no longer available
  • If you can renew annually and what the cost is to do so

Asking the right questions BEFORE PURCHASING will prevent unwelcomed surprises!

 

Differences between Extended Warranties & Home Warranties

Extended Warranty

extended-home-warranties

‘Extended Warranties’ usually mirror your original home appliance warranty, offering repair, service and replacement of major systems and appliances within home that breakdown. Extended warranties can be provided by the manufacturer, the dealer where you purchased it, or third party. Manufacturers will generally let you procure an extended warranty at the time of purchase or during your warranty period. Since these warranties are offered by who made your appliance, so the service will generally be provided by the same people who provide the warranty work.

These service companies usually have the proper training for your appliance and are more knowledgeable about your appliance.  Dealer extended warranties will either service your appliance themselves or use an approved service provider. Either way, the service company must be trained for your appliance similar to the manufacturers extended warranty contract.

Third Party extended warranty is generally managed by a national company. One more thing that you should keep in mind is that some credit card companies extend the manufacturer’s warranty by a full year when you pay using one of their cards.

Home Warranty

Home warranties are all the time, a third party company and are a bit different than extended warranties. These warranties cover your entire home which includes plumbing, HVAC systems, electrical appliances and other items. The cost related with these home warranties is based on the items that are actually being protected and on the type of deductible or service fee you sign up for.

Home warranties can be procured any time without any age restrictions or an inspection of your home and equipment. In addition, sellers, builders and real estate agents provide these home warranties when selling their houses.

These home warranties need to be read very carefully. Home warranties have the most omissions and generally the highest deductible cost to the homeowner.

There are dozens of home warranty companies which do not perform the work themselves. They sub-contract all the work out to independent, generally local, service shops of all types.

 




Green Landscaping is a new trend of sorts and it causes the least harm to our nature so I suggest that you read on. You might already know that Landscaping is essentially the practice of improving the aesthetic appearance of a confined or set area by making use of colors, contours, trees, or plants, you name it. Altering the visible features of an area immensely influences the emotions of the people who constantly occupy that area.

Green landscaping

Over the years, Landscaping has become more than a hobby to many. With the rising amount of pollution and falling levels of energy resources, you may want to consider an alternate way of Landscaping. Why not adopt a method that will not only make your yard stunningly beautiful, but will also help you save the environment and conserve energy too?

That’s what Green Landscaping is all about. Green landscaping, also called as sustainable or eco-landscaping makes use of methods that do not harm the environment in any way. It uses less water, protects the natural vegetation by making use of native or naturalized species, manages the waste disposal efficiently and also optimizes energy usage. And guess what? The costs are much lower too! On the whole it offers healthier and inspirational spaces to people.

People who take up Green Landscaping are often called Green Landscapers, and trust me when I say this, they are not lazy, jobless people who took to Green Landscaping just to kill time. They are highly motivated and they don’t take environmental issues lightly. Green Landscapers treat their designs the way other people would treat Home Insurance, everything must be covered. Based on reading so far, if you genuinely want to start one on your own, do read the rest of the article.

Planning Green Landscape

1. Assess your property

Begin by assessing the site where you plan to start your green landscaping activity. Pay attention to the following:

  • Type of soil– Your soil could be acidic or alkaline. In certain cases soil may contain small amounts of lead, this could be dangerous if your little ones play in it. It is suggested that you get your soil checked. You can call the following number for details – National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD
  • Location– Inspect the other details of your site. Determine the amount of sunlight received, mark areas where underground utilities and overhead power supplies are present. Note the shape and size of the property and try to convert that into a map on paper.

2. Research and Plan

  • Brainstorm– Decide what you want your yard to be. It could be a play area, outdoor dining or maybe a bubble to save you from the rest of the world. It’s your choice and it could be anything. However if you plan to start anything that primarily involves plants and vegetation, you should make sure that your site receives ample sunlight. You can also mark the areas that do receive sunlight and use them exclusively for vegetation.
  • Research– If you already have some vegetation there, try to do some research to identify what species they are. It is also suggested that you identify what plants grow in your soil. If you wish to attract a special kind of wildlife, study their behavior and decide what should be put up so that they would flock into your garden.
  • Plan– Once you have gathered all the information, draw up a map and start working on it by breaking it down into manageable parts.

Creating a Green Landscape

The most basic form of Green Landscaping requires minimum effort. All you have to do is reduce the amount of solid waste and conserve water. Eg, you could simply create a compost pile instead of bagging your twigs and leaves.

Don’t see what’s the fun in the idea you just read above? Fair enough, here are some elaborate methods

  • Go green: Since Green Landscaping essentially involves plants ( thats’ a no brainer), make sure you have plenty of them. If there isn’t enough native vegetation, you could plant some after determining the behavior of your soil.
  • Restore drainage conditions: All plants require moisture to thrive well. However excess water may cause them to rot. So it is important that water does not collect at the base of your plants. If you want to incorporate a method that saves water you could try to water your lawn less during summer. You see, grass are programmed in a way that allows them a certain period of dormancy during the summer heat.
  • Promoting soil chemistry and biota: Plants are the keystone species in any garden. What you plant should not contradict the natural ecological profile. If you have your keystone species in place, everything will turn out right.
  • Say no to chemicals: Reduce or better totally avoid the use of chemical fertilizers in your garden. These chemicals tend to pollute the soil, water and air around you. You can always use compost instead. However if you are adamant that you need fertilizers, make sure you use them during fall and spring only. That’s the time it is most beneficial to plants.
  • Reduce emissions: I’ve heard the EPA say that lawn mowers, snow blowers, leaf vacuums and chainsaws are major contributors to the rising pollution. Try to use them as little as possible. You can try shifting to electrically powered tools. This will only reduce pollution as electrical tools also produce emissions. The best way out of this is to use manual tools. It will make sure that no emissions are involved and will also give you some amount of physical exercise. You can cut your gym bills by doing this one.
  • Waste not, Want not: As mentioned before never dispose off your solid plant wastes. They can be the best of fertilizers once they decay. Also avoid throwing around clipped grass and leaves, they can be major sources of water pollution. Recycle your garden pots and flats whenever you can. Try to share large tools with your neighbors. Most importantly save and conserve as much water as you can. Place rain barrels in your yard if you live in a region that receives ample rainfall.

The Bottom-line

 If  I were to write down all the details about green landscaping, I would easily use up an entire hard-disk (of one TB). It is not an easy task, but once you can get into the flow of it, it will be easy and highly rewarding. With the current rate of  fuel consumption, our environment is dying out fast. Nobody wishes to leave behind rotten goods for their children. Do what you can to save nature. Let’s adopt Green Landscaping and make this world a better place to live in.

 




For most people, buying a house is one of the most expensive purchases of their lifetime. As it is an expensive purchase, very often involving a person’s entire life’s savings, it is only natural that a homeowner will expect some additional protection.

Increase The Sale Price Of A Property

A home warranty or a home service contract is a form of service agreement that offers to provide discounted repairs and replacement services for household appliances. When paired with a property sale, it has been noted that homes sell faster and at higher prices. Recent market studies have confirmed that homes with home warranty sell 10% faster than those without. Over the years, it has become one of the incentives that home buyers eagerly expect when they make a purchase.

In a recent survey conducted by the American Home Shield, it was clearly seen that homes sold with a home warranty sold faster and at higher rates. Following are the assertions from the study:

  • Average sales price of houses sold with home warranty was 0.91% higher than homes sold without warranty
  • The average number of days that a home with a home warranty stays in the market was 16.14% lower than those for homes without warranty.
  • The percentage of Sales Price to List Price was 96.7% as opposed to 96.1% for homes minus home warranty.

What makes home warranty increase the value of a home?

As mentioned before, home service contracts provide budget protection to the homeowner. When a buyer makes a purchase and receives a home warranty along with it, he also receives the following benefits. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits the buyer gets:

  • Protection against unexpected repairs and replacement costs
  • Repair services from qualified and skilled technicians if an appliance breaks
  • Saves the need to look for a trustworthy contractor as technicians are sent to one’s doorstep

If these points are not compelling enough, here’s a list of benefits that the seller will receive. Yes! This is a deal where people at both ends of the stick score high. Here are some of the seller benefits

  • Affordable liability protection.
  • Buyer will not bother the seller if appliances/ systems in the house crash
  • Increases the value of the property as buyer feels protected
  • Saves the need of chasing the seller as and when a damage occurs

In some cases, real estate agents often purchase transferable home warranty contracts for a property that is to be sold. Once the deal is closed, the protection becomes effective thereby reducing the agent’s liabilities.

From the points discussed above, it is quite clear that combining a home warranty with a home sale benefits both buyer a seller. Hence, a home warranty effortlessly increases the value of the property.

Different types of home warranty in a property sale

In a property sale, 3 types of home service contracts are commonly seen

  • Seller Home Warranty: A seller home warranty is one that is purchased by the seller during the time that the house sits in listing. It becomes effective as soon as the payment is made and protects the house during the listing period. It can be transferred to the buyer once the sale is made.
  • Buyer Conversion Warranty: This is a home warranty that is transferred to buyer. It becomes effective on the closing day.
  • Buyer Direct Warranty: Buyer direct warranty is purchased by the buyer or his real estate agent. It becomes effective on the day of closing or it can be purchased anytime within 90 days of closing.

When is a home warranty not ideal?

No matter how attractive a home service contract may seem, there are times where it is a bad deal. Here’s one such situation. A home, if it is new, stands very little chances of encountering appliance/ system crashes. Also, home warranty covers damages that occur due to regular use and wear & tear. Such damages are more likely with appliances that are over 4 years old. So, in cases where the home is new, a home warranty, no matter how attractive, could be unnecessary.

How to select a home warranty plan for your home that you plan to sell?

It is unlikely that a real estate agent would ask this question. Most agents have a company that they always rely upon for home service contracts. If you are a first time seller, we suggest that you talk to a few agents before picking a plan. Speak to your friends and family who have experience in home sales and related aspects.

Another option is to visit home warranty review websites. Such sites offer ratings and opinions from customers of home warranty companies. It gives you a hands on feedback about the big players in the industry. This is a very reliable option as user generated feedback is often the ideal way to decide a company’s quality.

Making the final decision – Sell with warranty or without?

From all that has been discussed here, it’s quite clear that, new homes don’t necessarily need a warranty plan. At the same time, it is advised that if you are first time homeowner, you should always have your newly purchased home protected with some form of appliance warranty.

In conclusion, homes that are not new and not under any form of protection are best sold with a warranty plan attached to it. In fact, when homes sold with a warranty sell faster in addition to being sold at higher prices. Nothing good can come out of putting yourself and the buyer at inconvenience. So, do visit some review sites and listen to the Vox Populi!!

Hope you found this helpful. Do share the article and help someone else too. Cheers!!




Home maintenance is an integral and expensive part of homeownership. Every homeowner worth his salt will swear that without proper maintenance of household appliances/ systems, the comforts of his home can be rendered ineffective.

It goes without saying that appliance repairs and replacements are costly. Not to mention the added trouble involved in looking for a trustworthy contractor and getting him to do the repair job at a reasonable price. While unexpected repairs can burn a hole in your pocket, preparing for them in advance may help you lessen the impact of the blow. Let’s see how you can efficiently manage home maintenance costs without hassle.

Home Maintenance Costs

Preparing the maintenance table

Step 1: Identify all the major appliances and systems in your home

The first and foremost step is to make a list of all the appliances and systems in your home. Follow this step by creating a table, you can use an MS Excel Spreadsheet or even a simple paper will do. Make 5 columns, mark the first one as “Item” and fill that column with names of all the appliances you own.

Step 2: Determine the date of manufacture

This is quite crucial. If you have the paperwork relating to the date of purchase like invoice, bills etc, it will be immensely helpful in determining the year in which the appliance was manufactured. Fill the second column with corresponding values of date of manufacture.

Step 3: Determine the life expectancy

Name the next column as “life expectancy”. Fill it in with average expected life spans of every appliance/system.

Step 4: Determine current age & years remaining

In the next column, write down the current age of the appliance. If you don’t know the exact year of manufacture of an appliance, use an estimate.

Deduce the number of years remaining for an appliances from the date of manufacture and the average life expectancy. If,for any component, the value of this field is less than or equal to 5, chances are high that that particular appliance/system may require repairs in the near future.

Step 5: Estimate replacement costs for each appliance

You can do some research online to find out about the cost of new appliances. Fill that out in the next column.

By now your table should look somewhat like this –

Appliance/ System Year of manufacture Life expectancy Current age (‘15) Years remaining
Refrigerator 2002 13 13 0
Dishwasher 2001 9 4 5
Air conditioner 2005 15 10 5
Washing machine 2008 10 7 3
HVAC heater 2000 15 15 0
Water heater 2009 12 6 6

Identifying failure prone appliances/ systems

Any appliance, whose years remaining value is less that 5 is likely to undergo faults and errors more frequently. Shortlist any such appliances and sum up values of their total replacement costs. The amount could be huge or reasonable. If it is huge, it is recommended that you purchase a home warranty plan to ensure budget protection.

Arrive at a conclusion

Once you make a table for every appliance/ system in your house, you will be able to predict which appliances will require repair services in the next 5 years. Avoid focusing on appliances that have more than 5 years remaining.

Look out for expense clusters. For eg, in the above table, both dishwasher and clothes washer have only 4 years remaining, which means they stand a chance to die during the same year. This could lead to an “expense cluster” as you will have to replace two appliances in the same year.

Achieving budget protection

If you feel that you will be encountering multiple appliance repair needs in the near future, we suggest that you invest in some form of appliance protection plan. Ideally, for any homeowner whose appliances or the home itself is over 4 years old, a home warranty is the best bet for budget protection.

These plans offer discounted repairs and replacements services. In most cases, the homeowner only has to pay nominal deductible fee ($40 – $100) for each service incident. Annual premiums for such plans are quite affordable too (around $250 – $500).

Home maintenance does pay off!

Like we said, without proper maintenance, even the best of homes will turn into an almighty mess. As the old saying goes, a stitch in time, saves nine, likewise timely maintenance could save you loads of money on appliance repairs later.

You can go through Home Maintenance Tips to become aware of the steps you can take to keep your home and its appliances healthy. You can also read about various Home Warranty Plans to secure budget protection and peace of mind.




Building insurance is a type of insurance most people don’t know enough about. This is the cover that provides for dealing with storm damage, accidents, malicious damage and a range of other things most people understandably prefer not to think about at all if they can help it. Building insurance is a type of “catchall” insurance, which covers damage to buildings which can run into very heavy costs for owners. So how do i insure a building? Read this article to get clear insight about building insurance.

Insure a Building

Buildings and risk management

This is a very versatile type of insurance, and it needs to be. Building damage can include some extremely difficult, capital-intensive issues that owners have to deal with quite regularly. It’s a form of investment protection, very common in commercial properties, to deal with the risks of businesses. If you own several million dollars worth of building, you need to know you’re properly covered.

The fact is that any type of building ownership includes a lot of basic risk management by definition. If you own rental properties, you’ll be well aware of the possibilities of damage from various sources, and the fact that premises really need to be maintained. Damage has to be fixed, and if that damage isn’t adequately covered, it’s money out of pocket upfront, a loss in any terms unless you have a very good homeowners insurance policy.

That’s not good business practice, and it’s exactly what building insurance is designed to deal with. For homeowners, the issues may be different, but the principle is the same. If you’re paying off a mortgage, and the budget is looking a bit fragile, the last thing you need is building damage running into thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. That whole scenario has to be covered, and covered properly.

Building insurance basics

The best approach to building insurance is to take a long hard look at your needs and then start shopping around for insurance that covers your needs. You’ll probably be surprised to hear that online buildings insurance is quite easy to get, complete with upfront quotes and adjustable cover, which can be tailored to your needs. This is the new paperless insurance, bureaucracy-free to the extent that it’s possible to be, and it’s getting a lot of market share because it’s highly efficient for both private and business purposes.

The shopping around needs to include:

  • Clear understanding of policy values. This is critical. Ask questions, and you’ll get straight answers. The insurers need informed customers, particularly about cover values. Sales and quality are now inseparable in this highly competitive industry, so expect good offers and good information.
  • Clear policy operation values: How a policy is operated, including outlay on premiums and policy variations is often critical, particularly to people having property portfolios to manage. Efficiency pays off in time and value, so go for the best you can get in these areas.
  • No “grey areas”. Best practice in insurance includes Product Disclosure Statements, and these statements are comprehensive. Read them.

Buildings insurance is easy to get and easy to manage. Stay in front of the issues, and your cover will do the rest.




While appliance protection plans are always a wise purchase if your appliances are older than 4 years, you still have to make sure that you chose a home warranty company that has a good reputation. It has been noticed that companies sometimes deny our claims on vague grounds, often quoting fine print from the contract. One major such reason stated for denying claims is lack of maintenance.

More than a handful of customers have reported that their claims were denied stating that the device was badly maintained. While it is understandable that customers feel cheated, we still have to realize that since contracts explicitly mention that lack of maintenance issues are not covered, we can’t expect the company to repair such devices.

Claim Denials for Right ReasonsHome Warranty Claim

Let’s take a look at a story that happened sometime back. A lady bought a home warranty contract thinking that she’ll get some budget protection. Her appliances were well over 4 years old. She briefly breezed through the contract and assumed that except for damages due to hazards, thefts and some explicitly mentioned perils, every other damage was covered. One day, her radiator breaks down. She informs the home warranty company and they send a tech to take a look at the device.

The tech finds out that the device was never serviced for quite a bit of time which eventually led to its breakdown. He innocently reports to the same to our lady who gets mad at the tech and the company. The lady then decides to write about this incident on the internet without realizing that the fault could be on her part. She did not get her devices serviced nor did she read the contract carefully. The company’s reputation suffered due to her carelessness.

Claim Denials for Wrong Reasons

Now let’s take a look at another story. Yet another lady bought a home warranty contract from a company that was not really famous nor did it have a good reputation. She paid her premium and she was a good housekeeper who regularly got her appliances serviced. She turned to her warranty company when her refrigerator malfunctioned. This company then sends over a tech who diagnoses the issue to be one caused due to lack of maintenance. The lady was distraught. She was sure that the issue was something else but what choice did she have? The company in question here, operated without ethics and refused to repair a damage that was legit. This incident too leaves the lady furious and in a position where she would definitely bad mouth the company.

So you see, like a coin with two sides, the home appliance warranty industry too has a good side and a bad side. There are cases where genuine claims were denied just so that the company can make a profit and there were cases where the denial was genuine and the customer could just not accept it.

We understand that nobody wants to encounter such unpleasant experiences. We can’t make these warranty companies behave themselves, so what we can do is to make sure that we don’t associate ourselves with companies that have a bad reputation or are fraudulent.

Improve your Claim Approval Rates

Here’s a list of things you can do to avoid any disputes and conflicts

  • Always, we repeat ALWAYS pick a company that has a good reputation. Consider multiple options, read online reviews, talk to your friends and family, visit the company’s office if possible before you zero in on a company.
  • Never ignore the documents. Always read the policy booklet and the contract thoroughly. You can get someone to look at it as well, just to be on the safer side. Before you sign, make sure that you understand how the plan works and what is excluded and included in the coverage.
  • Pick a company that has a round the clock customer support.
  • Some companies recommend a home inspection prior to signing the contract. They do so, so that pre-existing issues can be detected. If the company does not conduct an inspection, it could be a potential problem. In future, they may deny your claim saying that it was a pre-existing issue. To save yourself, get your home inspected by a professional inspector even if the warranty company does not recommend one.

The bottom Line

We are a team of likeminded people who built HomeWarrantyReviews.com to provide genuine feedback about the industry to its customers, so we are not here to praise the industry or cover-up their mistakes. In the time that we spent here, which is over 9 years, we have come to realize the following:

  • Not all feedback and stories provided by customers are completely true
  • Not all companies are rip-offs
  • Most of the unpleasant incidents reported  occur due to a lack of understanding between the customer and the warranty company.
  • Fraudulent companies exist and one must practice caution so that they don’t end up being cheated.
  • Good experiences are often unreported.

If you keep all these points in mind, we’re sure that your experiences with the home warranty industry will be a pleasant one. Cheers!




Here at HomeWarrantyReviews.com we deliver thousands of new, free-to-read, customer reviews and ratings of home warranty companies each year, along with several Complaints.  Best of all, we don’t charge companies or our website users anything for those reviews and ratings!  Our service is still free after nearly a decade online, and we’re proud of that.  Our readers have come to know us as a place where a home warranty shopper or customer can find what they need on the internet.  Our reviews are objective, and though we do edit them to ensure that fake reviews or ones which lack value for readers don’t clutter up the website, we never make it possible for a home warranty company that is not keeping its promises to customers to cover that up by paying to have negative reviews hidden or removed.

CRP- How it Works!

 

We keep things real here, and our readers can tell by the mix of positive and negative reviews for each company.  And whether you’re posting a review in order to have your voice heard or shopping for a reliable home warranty company, the work we do here and the value we provide through our free service is immediately impacting tens of thousands of homeowners.  Reviews are only part of the way in which we help our readers and the home warranty companies who keep the industry alive and growing. That’s what keeps us doing what we do.

One of our lesser known services is our Complaint Resolution Program, and it not only serves customers in need of a way to resolve their negative experiences but also helps companies manage their online reputation, ensuring that the occasional mistake by one of their employees or contractors doesn’t result in a lost customer.

The Complaint Resolution Program is extremely simple for both sides of the relationship between the home warranty company and the customer.  There is absolutely no charge to use it, and there’s no obligation on the part of the company or the customer to use it.  It’s the best of both worlds.  But how does the Complaint Resolution Program, or CRP as it’s also called, work?

Making the problem known to someone who can help is how CRP works.

If you’ve visited many reviews websites online today then you are probably already aware of the trend toward companies posting responses to customer complaints.  Sometimes these responses appear to have a real, positive effect on the customer’s level of satisfaction.  A company might not have been fully aware of the problems the customer encountered with a home warranty claim or another service.  The company might have had a bad apple that poorly represented them to the customer or mismanaged the claim process.  Anything can happen after all.  So responses from companies sometimes lead to meaningful reactions between the parties, and problems get solved.  But other times a response from a company feels more like a defensive maneuver.  You’ve probably seen some of these yourself.  The company posts the same response under every negative review, and there seems to be no sign of resolution among any of the reviews.

CRP Process Flow

When a customer takes the time to post a complaint on an internet reviews website, the party posting the review typically has probably traveled through the company’s various routes of complaint resolution, but not always.  At times, a negative experience begins and ends with one person on the company’s team or their repair contractor.  And those situations might be resolved in many cases with action from people at the company who are higher up in the decision-making processes.  This is where the CRP process can really help the company and the customer.

When a user posts a review on HomeWarrantyReviews.com that has a low rating, the website prompts the author of the review to decide if he or she would like to have another chance at seeking resolution of the problem.  This very simple and free, and most of all optional, offer to the consumer is where the CRP process starts.  If the customer decides that it’s worth trying once more to resolve the problem then simply selecting to participate in the CRP is a single click away.  Once opted into the program, the customer will be able to correspond through private emails, hosted by HomeWarrantyReviews.com, with the company.  And the company representative assigned to handle CRP cases will be able to help the customer, sometimes with greater problem escalation abilities than the average customer service representative.

While this process is going on, the negative review is not visible on the website.  And this part is important to both parties.  Sometimes when we’re upset we make hasty remarks.  Later we regret those same remarks.  So for the customer and the company CRP presents a cooling off opportunity in which the consumer has the chance to have a problem solved before the review is out there for others to read.  If the problem is resolved then the party who wrote it may choose to not have it posted on the website.  In that case, the company’s reputation is saved a blemish, and the customer is afforded a chance to successfully resolve a problem.  Both parties win, and neither are out an additional dollar for the service.

Building a team of problem solvers can lead to a better company reputation.

Companies that use the CRP are not just solving one-off problems for their customers.  In some cases, they’re opening a new, cost-efficient, window to customer feedback.  Any company which pays for customer satisfaction surveys or other third party consultative services related to reputation management knows how costly these services can be.  What if a company could find a way to get the same kind of feedback without an additional expense?  Now they can.

Building the CRP was all about giving our reviewers and the companies they review a more productive experience and ensuring that the good companies don’t wind up looking bad, simply because of mistakes or unidentified problems that the company should be working to resolve for future customers as well as current ones.  We set out to build something that would help all the people we serve, the companies and customers alike.  And in the process, we aimed to help even more people, particularly the ones who will have a better customer service experience as a result of companies taking an active role in learning from their customers’ complaints.

HomeWarrantyReviews.com didn’t invent the concept of complaint escalation or creating specialized teams at companies that specialize in helping the most unhappy customers.  But we did bring the missing piece to the reviews process on our website, and we believe it makes all the difference.  Once you create a forum where unhappy customers can receive help from the most specialized customer service representatives at home warranty companies then the next step is for the companies to seize the opportunity to use that forum to its full potential.  We believe that companies that use the CRP the best are ones that empower their teams to react to the complaints received through the CRP in a way that satisfies reasonable customers who have honest and fair objections to the way they were treated by the company or those the company allowed to represent them, repair contractors included.

Companies that use the CRP are in a unique position in which they can not only reduce the number of bad reviews they collect on our website but also increase customer retention.  And keeping customers is something that companies that post a boilerplate response to complaints online probably are not doing.

Participating in the Complaint Resolution Program (CRP) is easy.

Maybe you want to learn more about the CRP – Q & A and how it works to your benefit. But if you’re already sold on the idea then here’s what you need to do.

If you are a company representative then you can send us an email at [email protected], to address your queries for CRP enrollment and we’ll help you get started with the quick setup process.  Your company will need to designate an email address to receive the CRP case notifications and new customer correspondence notices at.  And you’ll need to make sure that you have team members checking that email inbox very regularly.

If you are a customer who has had a bad experience with your home service contract or home warranty, and you’d like help resolving the problem then please use the search box below to find the company you want to be contacted by.  If that company is not participating in the CRP then you can email us at [email protected], and we will forward your request for help to the company representative we have on file.  We will also let them know that it would have been great if they’d been participating in the CRP, so your problem could have been dealt with more quickly today.

 



Here is a list of most read articles about home warranty on our site. Enjoy your reading and provide us your feedback!

Articles

Home Appliance Warranty Plans – What is appliance protection plan and how does it help homeowners

Extended Home Appliance Warranty – Things you should consider before buying an extended appliance warranty policy.

FAQs on home warranty plans – This section covers most frequently asked questions about the protection plan

Five Types of Appliance Protection Plans – Covers various kinds of warranties such as appliance warranty, manufacturers warranty, extended warranty, sellers warranty, home service contract etc.

How to choose a home appliance warranty plan – This article explains how to choose a home  warranty plan and the service provider company.

Is home warranty necessary for buyers and sellers – Explains if home warranty is needed for sellers as well as buyers.

Average appliance repair costs – Provides a list of average appliance repair occurance percentages to help you decide whether you need to participate in a home warranty program.

Home warranty quotes – Home warranty quotes, coupons and deals

Is home warranty really an insurance? – Not necessarily. This articles explains why you cannot bank on home warranty for all your repair and replacement needs.

Home maintenance Tips – How to take better care of your sweet home

How to pursue insurance claims – How to pursue a claim when the service provider company is acting tough on your claim.

An Open Letter to Home Warranty Industry – An open letter written by someone who worked in the home warranty industry for a long time. Author provides an insightful view of the industry. The views and opinions expressed are author’s own.




Weichert Realtors announced the launch of its new Claim-No-Claim Home Protection Plan. This home protection plan, provided through HMS Home Warranty, now includes coverage for unknown pre-existing conditions, lack of maintenance and jetted bathtubs in addition to the coverage already provided by the previous protection plan.

Weichert

Its Financial Services said it is committed to offering its clients ‘best-in-class’ products and services. “The innovative Claim-No-Claim Home Protection Plan is a unique offering within the industry and lives up to the expectations we have for branded products.” said Bill McMahon, vice president for Weichert Financial Services.

Founded in 1969, Weichert Realtors has grown from a single office into one of the nation’s leading providers of homeownership services by putting our customers first. With nearly 18,000 sales associates, Weichert services all key markets in the U.S.

Unlike most home warranties, the Claim-No-Claim Home Protection Plan provides value to homeowners whether or not they make a claim. Buyers can have peace of mind knowing they are covered should something go wrong. However, the plan also provides value to those homeowners fortunate enough to not need any repairs. Buyers who have not submitted a claim during the first nine months of their initial year of coverage are entitled to a heating or air conditioning maintenance visit valued at up to $100. More details can be found at Weichert Gold Services or by contacting your local Weichert Realtor.

A premier upgrade option has also been added to The Claim-No-Claim Protection Plan. This optional coverage addresses disposal or removal of defective equipment, recapture or reclaim of refrigerant, permits and mandatory systems upgrades as a result of size and code violations.




As a landlord, legal responsibility is a bigger issue for you. You need to guard yourself against the losses that can potentially crop up to your properties and in general financial health. What if your occupant is hurt on the rental possessions? You want to be sure that if you are prosecuted, you have the adequate insurance to lend you a hand.

Insurance Landlord needs

As a landlord, you should guard your income stream and that’s your rental income. If the structure is adequately spoiled then it is not possible for the renter to dwell in your property, so you require a protection to your rental income so as to meet your obligations, together with the mortgage on the property, if any. This is where you have to reflect carefully on what your exact needs are and purchase the right coverage.

Take heart! While it may sound scary, insurers have previously designed policies for the landlord’s requirements. Always remember that there will be a dissimilarity in these policies, so you will have to verify the fine print and choose the one that suits your situation. By shopping around, you will get a better idea of what is obtainable in coverage and at what price.

Essential Insurance for Landlords

There are some forms of insurance you can take to make your life simpler and less of a burden. Here is a list of essential insurances that a landlord must have:

Get a Home Warranty

Landlords most likely take issue with this one, as it appears to take money out of their pockets-especially those with the ability to do repair work themselves. However, you can draw a better class of tenant if they recognize that there’s a warranty in place. (i.e., they won’t have to hunt you down and request you to come by to make repairs). Besides, it will free you up to truly manage your belongings as an owner rather than just a handyman. To end with, a home warranty policy will pay for itself with one or two repairs.

To get an estimate of home warranty costs for your rental properties, visit our home warranty price quote section

Landlord House Insurance

If you possess a home then you likely know the significance of ensuring that it is properly protected. Having the correct insurance for your property is a good step towards making sure that you have the guard you require. Landlord house insurance is essential for anyone who possesses a home. The key to home insurance policies is ensuring that you receive the best price for your insurance.

Below is a list of ways by which you can decrease the rate of your insurance policy.

  • Security System– If you set up a right security system that can sense fires or thieves, then you can find a reduced rate on your insurance policy.
  • Increase Deductible– You can ensure to pay a lower amount for your insurance plan by increasing your deductible payment. The deductible is the payment that you are required to pay once you make a claim on your insurance plan. Make sure that you find a good deductible rate for yourself.
  • Remove Potential Hazards– If you stay in an area that is bounded by trees then likely you have a high risk of a fire occurring. By clearing the trees you may be able to save money on the insurance. Based on the circumstances you may have to shell out a higher premium for your contents house insurance.
  • Find the Right Lender– The best way to save money on your landlord house insurance is to gaze around. Start a search online and hunt for different companies that provide reasonable insurance for your home. You can obtain free online quotes for house insurance from different companies but make sure that you get comprehensive quotes for your insurance. Get the details of the coverage and don’t be fooled by any company as the offer really low prices because they normally have high deductibles and bad coverage.

Landlords Contents Insurance

Many landlords believe that they do not require any insurance for the contents in their buildings. They hold the impression that these contents are taken care of by the building insurance they procured. However, that is not the actual case. To get the contents covered, they will have to spend extra in landlords’ contents insurance. Some landlords even feel that the contents will be covered by any insurance policy the tenant holds. But the actual fact is that the policies bought by the tenants will only cover possessions of the tenants and not that of the landlord.

If the landlords truly worry about the contents for which they put in a huge amount of money, they must procure landlords contents insurance. In this way, they can expect to get some reimbursement for the items in case they are damaged. Having no insurance for these items will leave them totally destructed if they face any incident causing damages.

Umbrella Insurance Policy

It’s called “umbrella insurance as it is intended to give liability protection beyond when the liability on other policies has been exhausted. Depending on the insurance company, you can obtain an umbrella policy with an extra one to five million in liability protection.

Umbrella Insurance gives an added layer of liability coverage. It’s isn’t just for rich and famous. Whether it’s an incident on your policy or a serious auto accident concerning costly medical bills, you can find yourself liable for damages that exceed the limits on your homeowners, auto or boat policies. A pricey judgment is the last thing you want to be anxious about.

Landlords habitually handle different types of policies, but one of the most significant and frequently unnoticed types of insurance is the umbrella insurance policy.

Consider these factors if you are not sure if you would benefit from procuring umbrella insurance or not.

  • Rentals– Though you carry an independent fire policy for each home, umbrella insurance can help you protect in case your tenant or tenant’s guest are injured on a rental property.
  • Vacant land-Your vacant land can be used by neighborhood children to play. If one is hurt it could result in an expensive lawsuit. In such situation, umbrella insurance can offer additional coverage.

Taking no notice of these insurance policies is not recommended anytime. The consequence of such ignorance could lead to serious losses that will be hard to recover. On the contrary, landlords are strongly suggested to make an investment in such policies that will save them a lot of money in case of any accidents.




Adding to a long list of home warranty companies which have entered the home service contract space only to quickly exit, Stanley Warranty announced recently that the company is immediately terminating its services.  Visitors to Stanley’s website see this message:

Stanley Warranty

The company’s closing may come as little surprise to those who are aware of last year’s announcement of an investigation into the new company’s business practices.  In June 2015 New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs announced that it had filed a complaint against Stanley Warranty, LLC, alleging that the company had committed acts contrary to its contractual commitments to its customers.  Among the state’s specific complaints against the company were alleged offenses that specifically involved Stanley’s home service contract customers.  Stanley also operated a business unit which provided consumers with extended service agreements for motor vehicles, commonly called auto warranties.

Here’s a quick analysis that we can provide to readers seeking more information about Stanley Warranty’s abrupt closure and the precedences set by other companies that pulled this same move in recent years. Come back to HomeWarrantyReviews.com for updates as we learn more about the fallout from Stanley Warranty’s announcement.

This Isn’t The First Time That A Home Warranty Company Has Gone Belly Up

Like Sensible Home Warranty did in 2014 when it closed shop, Stanley provided no apparent warning to their customers that pre-paid services would not be provided, though at this time it’s still unclear to HomeWarrantyReviews.com whether the company contacted customers via telephone or postal mail prior to closing its doors.  It’s also not known yet whether Stanley’s failure to uphold its commitment to any pre-paid customers will compound the company’s problems with New Jersey’s consumer agency.

Another company in the home warranty space that closed its doors in 2014, Colonial Home Warranty, sought bankruptcy protection.  Through bankruptcy, the company appears to have been able to escape financial responsibility for unfulfilled service contracts and repair bills from their contractors.  Whether or not Stanley Warranty will seek similar protection is not clear at this time.

The Signs Were All Over The Place That Stanley Warranty Was Trouble

Reviews for Stanley Warranty, also known as Stanley Safe Club, here on HomeWarrantyReviews.com are almost entirely negative.  The reviews reflect an apparent trend of the company not honoring its promises to customers or contractors who performed repairs on its behalf.  Many of the worst reviews mention repair contractors pursuing payments from the homeowners after Stanley Warranty failed to fulfill its duty to make those payments in a timely manner.

On its Better Business Bureau page, Stanley Warranty already had an F rating prior to the announcement of its cessation of services to its customers.  On Yelp, a recent review includes a comment about a refund check from the company to the customer, who had canceled services ahead of the expiration of the contract period, being denied due to insufficient funds.  That review was created in December of 2015, leading to the obvious question whether or not Stanley was insolvent well before it closed its doors in 2016.  Interestingly, reading past reviews on Yelp leads you to at least one claim in 2014 that Stanley Warranty had announced on its company website that it was closing.  And no matter how far back in time a reader travels on Yelp, the story seems to be consistently poor, one unhappy customer after another.

Perhaps the most insulting element of this story is that Stanley Warranty sold its service contracts with a promise of zero service fees.  Anyone familiar with the home service contract industry knows that most companies charge a fee, paid by the customer to the service provider, at the time of a service call.  For a company to offer competitive rates with no service fees is a pretty compelling deal for consumers.  And many of the consumers lured in by that deal are now left with every required repair being paid entirely out of their own pockets, despite having paid well in advance for home service contracts from this company.

What Happens Next May Not Be Good For Stanley Warranty’s Pre-Paid Customers

The home warranty industry has a history of companies like Stanley Warranty popping in and out of the space and taking loads of customers’ money out the door when the companies fold or burning up the money received from customers through mismanagement and unhedged risks.  Consumers who have been buying home warranties for years probably recognize some of the company names, ones like Arkidus, Sensible Home Warranty, Colonial Home Warranty, and  Certified Warranties Corporation.  All of these companies have something in common.  They sold home service contracts right up until the day they shut the office lights off and locked the doors.  

This may be the single biggest black eye that the home warranty industry has received in the last decade, and it just keeps happening.  As if companies being able to enter an industry that is so much like insurance, often undetected by the state agencies that regulate their industry, improperly funded, and perhaps even criminally intent on defrauding their customers is not enough, the end result of the companies is consumers left with financial losses sometimes amounting to thousands of dollars in service contract fees paid in advance.  All too often the regulators in the states where the customers live are powerless to retrieve those customers’ funds, and even when bankruptcy courts are involved the individual consumer is usually out of luck when liquidated assets are divided up among registered claimants.

In a nutshell, the chance of Stanley Warranty’s customers seeing refunds is very, very slim.  It’s quite likely that this story will end the same way it did for customers of Sensible Home Warranty in 2014 when that company disappeared overnight.  But that should not stop consumers willing to do whatever they can to seek justice.  Readers who wish to pursue legal action should immediately seek advice from an attorney, preferably one with experience with defunct service contract companies.

What’s A Nice Homeowner To Do?

If there’s any worthwhile piece of advice we can give to our readers who are shopping for a home warranty company it’s this:

Do your homework!  Despite it not always being easy to do, consumers must research companies in the home service contract space before making a purchase.  Here’s an example of the kind of detailed reporting available to consumers trying to evaluate the financial health of companies selling home service contracts in the United States.  That article by Warranty Week is an excellent resource.  Keep in mind that if the home warranty company you choose is using its sales to finance its claims then you can probably count on two things happening.  One, the company will do whatever it can to avoid paying your claims.  Two, the company will eventually get into hot water and close up quickly in order to try to avoid the owners bearing personal responsibility for the actions of the company.

Be safe out there.  And if you are a Stanley Warranty customer who would like to share information with other readers in the same boat as you then please share your story in the comments section below.




Life is certainly unpredictable, you cannot control the outcome but surely can prepare yourself through careful planning and minimize the risk and be on the safer side. Insurance is one such protection mechanism which covers major expenses with an understanding that you will pay a smaller fee as a premium.

Insurances

An insurance is a contract in which an individual receives financial protection or reimbursement against losses from an insurance company against the payment of a premium.

We have an inherent need to protect ourselves and our family, so why not buy insurance and secure the unknown future. According to needs you have various insurances. Some are a must while others are worth. Here is a quick tour into the world of insurance policies.

Insurances That You Cannot Miss To Have For Your Home And Family

Life Insurance

As the term suggests you are insuring your life with a certain amount. It is an insurance that pays out a sum of money either on the unfortunate death of the insured person or after a set period.

Benefits of a Life insurance

  • Risk Cover – Insurance ensures that your loved ones continue to enjoy a good quality of life against any unforeseen event.
  • Planning for life stage needs – Life Insurance not only provides for financial support in the event of untimely death but also acts as a long term investment which can reap benefits once it reaches a maturity period.
  • Assured income through annuities – Life Insurance is one of the best instruments for retirement planning. The money saved during the earning life span is utilized to provide a steady source of income during the retired phase of life.
  • Tax Benefits-Insurance plans provide attractive tax-benefits for both at the time of entry and exit under most of the plans.

Health Insurance

It is a type of insurance coverage that pays for medical and surgical expenses that are incurred by the insurer. Health insurance can either reimburse the insured for expenses incurred for illnesses or injury or pay the care provider directly.

  • Protection against rising health expenses – Life Insurers through riders or stand alone health insurance plans offer the benefits of protection against critical diseases and hospitalization expenses. This benefit has assumed critical importance given the increasing incidence of lifestyle diseases and escalating medical costs.
  • Provides peace of mind – You don’t have to worry about the huge bills when you visit the doctor or an unfortunate accident or an expensive surgery your insurance will take care of unpredictable medical needs.
  • Regular health checkups – Insurance gives you various benefits and one of such is that you can avail regular health checkups and keep a tab and stay healthy.

Auto Insurance

It is an insurance for all your automobiles against theft and accidents.

Benefits of Auto- insurance

  • With a high cost of living there is hardly much room for savings in case of an emergency. Unfortunate auto accidents are the kind of emergency situations that can easily drain your bank account. A premium according to the specified period can be of a great help.
  •  Even in case of a minor accident with no injuries, cost of paying for another person’s vehicle and your own can burn a hole in your pocket and an insurance is a friend in need to bail you out in such a situation.
  • It helps you in case of automobile thievery, you can claim the insurance with some existing terms and conditions whereas getting the complete value might not be possible.

Home Warranty

A home warranty is a contract for repair and replacement of major home appliances such as refrigerator, washing machine, garbage disposal etc. on payment of a premium.

Benefits of home warranty

  • Saves you huge cost of repairs
  • A Home Warranty will repair or replace any covered item. It adds value to your property and benefits everyone from a buyer, seller to homeowner has an advantage.
  • Assures you peace of mind

Home Insurance

This insurance covers the home including the structural elements as well as the valuables inside the home. However, you can claim this insurance only where there is a natural disaster such as flood, fire etc. Please note that this does not cover the appliance repair and replacement costs.

Benefits of home insurance

  • Protects your biggest investment that is your home in case of natural and manmade disasters.
  • Covers accidental damages to your interiors and exteriors as well.
  • Takes cares of any third party damages and legal issues if any incident occurs while in your property.
  • Assures you peace of mind and gives you a feeling of safety and security.

Often Home warranty and insurance are thought to be similar but they are completely different in the coverage they provide. Home insurance is a must to have whereas home warranty you can choose to get.

When it comes to insurances you have a plethora of options to choose. From travel insurance to disability insurance etc, you can choose and plan according to your needs. All insurances have advantages and disadvantages but insurance no matter which protects your peace of mind. While buying insurance always make sure to do a background check of companies you are dealing with and read the reviews and fine print thoroughly.

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Future is unpredictable yet securable therefore get insured stay assured.




HVAC Maintenance Checklist

 

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HVAC appliances are one of the most vital components in a home. Naturally, unexpected crashes and breakdowns of HVAC units disrupt a peaceful living. And once they crash, boy! They are really expensive to repair (or replace).

Any homeowner, in his right sense would therefore make sure that the heating, cooling and ventilation units are well taken care of and maintained. For all of you who are wondering how to extend the life of your HVAC appliances, this checklist is just the right thing for you!

Monthly maintenance routine

Yes, all HVAC appliances will do well if you give them some basic cleaning every month. Ensure that you do the following two steps at least once a month.

  • Check thermostat settings
  • Clean out the vents, replace filters, and keep it dust free as much as possible

Annual maintenance routine

The U.S. Dept. of energy advises homeowners to carry out a maintenance routine at least twice a year. This ensures that the power consumption is optimized and hazards are avoided. Here are the steps that you should carry out yearly to ensure healthy running of your HVAC appliances/ systems.

  • Hire a professional inspector to perform checks on your HVAC units
  • Hire a professional to clear the air ducts
  • Re check and tighten all electrical connections
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Use suitable lubricants to lubricate moving parts
  • Clean the area around HVAC units and ensure that it always remains dry

If you think that these tasks are difficult and that your warranty plan will save you, here’s some incentive for you to get going in the right direction.

Home Warranty Companies usually DO NOT cover damages caused due to lack of  maintenance. Which means that if your system stops working and the technician diagnosis says that the damage was caused due to lack of maintenance, your claim may be denied.

If that is not compelling enough, here are some more things that will happen if you are careless about HVAC maintenance

  • Excess power consumption. Man! those electric bills are going to shock you (literally)
  • Unclean machinery heats up abnormally, this leads to fire hazards.
  • If vents are clogged with debris or other particulate matter, efficiency of the system drops
  • If you don’t monitor your gas/ fuel connections, health issues and fire hazards may happen

Appliances and systems in our home and around us help us lead a happy and easy life. So it is only fair that we do for them at least a fraction of what they do for us. Take good care of your appliances, don’t use them roughly and above all, purchase a home warranty plan to protect your budget against unexpected appliance crashes.

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With over 185,300 active Realtors in Los Angeles, selecting the right one to assist you with the sale or purchase of your home can be daunting. You will want to find someone who is proficient in buying or selling homes in your surrounding area in L.A as well as in your price range.

Best Realtors in Los Angeles

Below is the list of the top 5 Realtors in Los Angeles by their gross sales volume in dollar amounts and some other relevant information so you can feel confident when making decisions about buying or selling your home.

Brad Korb

Top Realtor Brad Korb

For more than three decades, Brad has focused his attention on helping families attain their goals of buying or selling a home in North Hollywood, Studio City, Burbank, Glendale, Tujunga, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Valley Village, West Hollywood, Van Nuys, and the wonderful and diverse surrounding areas. He listens to his clients’ needs patiently and then puts together the best strategies for reaching the results they want. He believes that true success comes from making objectives for what matters most in life. Whether he is with his family or assisting his real estate clients, Brad enjoys positive results owing to his unique ability to visualize a goal and make an effort for achieving it. This determination is what continues to take his career as a realtor to new levels of success. With over three decades of experience, Brad is an unmatched resource for all things from the real estate market to community services.

An alumnus from California State University-Northridge, Brad’s specialties include home sellers, home buyers, 1031 tax deferred exchanges, short sales, investment properties, first time home buyers, bank foreclosures, multi- residential homes, single family residences, condominiums, townhomes, downsizing, and relocation. The owner of The Brad Korb Real Estate Group, Brad and his team of  realtors have attained an incredible success for clients by offering services that go well beyond the average realtor. “We are very excited to have been endorsed by real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, from Shark Tank, and also being ranked #1 locally by Wall Street Journal.” He believes that relationships with clients are based on accountability, dedication, loyalty, and clear understanding of client needs. There are three teams within the Brad Korb Real Estate Group. The listing team members concentrate fully on marketing client’s homes on every available marketing podium such as Internet, TV, and Radio. The buyer’s team is elite coached and sell up to 10 times as many homes yearly compared to an average realtor. The concierge team manages internet inquiries and phone calls along with the chat service on the website. Besides, Brad is also an owner of RE/MAX In Action and Civic & Social Organization Professional. He has received the following real estate industry awards:

  • #1 Realtor in the Valley (RE/MAX) Top 10 Realtor for California for 6 years (RE/MAX)
  • 2010 Best of Business Award (SBCA)
  • 2015 Best of Burbank Realtor
  • 2015 Best of Burbank Reader’s Choice
  • 2014, 2015  REAL Trends Best Real Estate Agents Award
  • 2014 Best of Trulia Top Agent Award
  • #37 in the country in 2010 (RE/MAX)
  • #1 Team in Burbank (RE/MAX)
  • Top 100 Team 2003 (RE/MAX)
  • Top 100 Team 2004 (RE/MAX)

Additionally, Brad is also proud to hold the following certifications sponsored by the National Association of Realtors (NAR):

  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) – the highest designation awarded to sales associates, recognizing professional accomplishments in both understanding and education
  • Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) – Brad has an in-depth understanding of complex issues in today’s dynamic real estate industry and understanding of foreclosure avoidance options available to homeowners. He can provide solutions, specifically short sales, for homeowners facing market hardships.
  • e-PRO – Brad is dedicated to making the most of today’s technology to help with your real estate needs

Brad’s interests include spending time with family, fishing, reading, Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball, Los Angeles Lakers Basketball, traveling, reading, concerts, and working out.

When you and your family are set to make the important decision to move, contact Brad Korb who is always focused on What Matters to You.

 

Jesse Weinberg

Best Realtor in Los Angeles

Jesse Weinberg is widely acknowledged as one of the Los Angeles’ leading realtors, focusing on the highly competitive Westside neighborhoods. With over a decade of experience in Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, and Venice, Jesse is a well-recognized member of Southern California’s brokerage community. He analyzes 20-30 new properties in person each week and can locate just the right home to match any search standards or set a precise value for a sale. His background in Business Administration and a decade of sales experience results in innovative strategies that make the most of his clients’ opportunities and aid them to reach their financial goals.

Jesse’s track record is unrivaled – he has sold more properties in Marina del Rey than any other agent for the last 5 years in a row! He believes that every client and every property is different, yet his goal remains the same: to surpass expectations in the course of a transaction as he works toward a preferred price and time frame. A Licensed Real Estate Agent at Keller Williams Realty, Jesse and his skilled team of realtors have built a thriving real estate empire. Jesse Weinberg & Associates delivers impeccable service and has effectively sold and leased more than 600 properties in the last decade with a very high customer service rating. The team has represented over 700 sales and 300 lease transactions – directly benefiting their clients by saving them time and money.  The seasoned real estate experts provide a robust database of skilled buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants to the clients, resulting in a seamless offer-to-close process, shorter listing periods, and access to off-market opportunities. Jesse’s passion for real estate has earned him the following:

  • #1 Sales Team Nationwide for 2013 & 2014 by Keller Williams Realty, out of nearly 100,000 agents
  • #1 Sales Agent for (All Brokerages) in Marina del Rey in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • #1 Sales Agent for Marina Pointe Drive in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • Ranked Top 200 Agents Nationwide by Wall Street Journal and Real Trends (Top half of 1% of 1 million agents nationwide)
  • Named one of America’s Best Real Estate Agents by Real Trends in recognition of incredible results in 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Top Los Angeles Seller’s Agent, ranking in the top 1% of 31,459 agents
  • A Condo Expert, ranking #7 of 31,459 agents
  • A Townhouse Expert, ranking in the top 3% of 31,459 agents.
  • A Single Family Home Expert, ranking in the top 19% of 31,459 agents

His specialties include Buyer’s Agent, Listing Agent, and Property Management. His loyalty and amiable attitude have led to a network of repeat and referral business. He is well-read and keeps up with the latest market trends and economic news. His transaction volume each and every year surpasses the last!

 

Danny Mahelka

Experienced Realtor in Los Angeles

Danny brings over two decades of experience to every transaction, where he focuses in the Greater Los Angeles area from Downtown to the beaches, North Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and everything in-between. As a motivated Realtor and Associate Manager, his proficiency has led to a lucrative and productive sales career with special emphasis on single family and condominium sales. Danny and his team always look out for clients’ best interest and deliver exceptional customer service in all areas such as marketing, escrow, and inspections. A consistent leader and a top sales producer, Danny is in the top 2% of all Coldwell Banker agents countrywide. Before moving to Coldwell Banker, he held a position as a commercial real estate agent with Silverstone Development Group, focusing on sales and leasing of commercial properties.

Danny accomplishes his goals by ensuring each property has a separate Business Plan on how, why, and to whom he is going to sell to. “It is specific, targeted and deliberate. Our specialization and full Business Plan marketing approach to selling property is a dedicated approach that is effective and relevant in today’s real estate market. We consistently win recognition from our peers and earn accolades from our Clients,” says Danny. His specialties include Representing Buyers, Representing Sellers, First-Time Buyers, Short Sales, Foreclosures, Relocations, Luxury Properties, Commercial Real Estate, Rentals, Condos, Resorts and Second Homes, Lease-to-Owns, Investment Properties, and Appraisals. His sprawling network, unmatched client service, outstanding sales production, and proven marketing tactics have made him recognized by Coldwell Banker from 1996-2012.

An Alumnus from Santa Monica College, Danny’s interests include reading and jogging. His professional appearance, integrity, communication and negotiating skills would ensure you a smooth and stress-free sale or purchase. “Relationships are about connecting, and I invite you to contact me about your real estate needs”.

 

Fredy Rodriguez

Awesome Realtor in Los Angeles

Selecting a right real estate agent is the first step in purchasing or selling a home. Fredy Rodriguez has been a licensed real estate agent in California for 15 years and is present with Fanthom Realty. Fredy’s coverage area includes Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, Palm Desert, Coachella, Garnet, Palm Springs, and Thousand Palms. A top real estate agent listing website ranks Fredy as one of the top 2% of agents in Cathedral City for effectively selling homes and as one of the top 8% of agents for single family homes. “From suggesting mortgage lenders to explaining signing papers, I am here to make this normally daunting experience a smooth and successful transaction. My goal is to assist you in finding that perfect home.” Whether you want a big backyard or a 3-car garage, Fredy and his team find you that special property.

One of Fanthom Realty’s leading realtors, Fredy is recognized as a hardworking and trustworthy individual whose passion is to assist his clients in real estate transactions from inception to conclusion. Through his hard work and willingness to learn, he continues to beat his own records, year after year. His specialties include short sales, foreclosure, buyer’s agent, first-time buyers, and investors; financial (loans), and life insurance. Equipped with sufficient knowledge and expertise, he has received several awards and recognition such as:

  • Diamond Club No.1 Top Producer for 2015
  • Multi-Million Dollar Producer for 2014 and
  • Worked as a District Director of Fathom Realty from 2013 to January 2016

Fredy’s credentials and certifications include the following:

  • Council Of Real Estate Services (CRS)
  • Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI)
  • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR)
  • Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS)
  • Certified Broker Price Specialist (CBPS)
  • Five Star Institute, REO Certified
  • Five Star Institute, Short Sale Certified
  • Five Star Institute, Lease To Own Certified
  • Federation of REO Certified Expert (FORCE)
  • e-PRO Certified
  • Green Certification
  • Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA) Certified
  • Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES)
  • National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) member
  • Life and Health Insurance Licensee
  • RES.NET Certified

An alumnus of Palm Desert Community College, he is interested in networking with other realtors and seeking clients to assist them in the home buying and selling process. Fredy runs by his slogan “Under Promise and Under Delivery”. His only purpose is to earn referrals which are the life of his business. Contact Fredy Rodriguez if you have any questions or concerns about financing options, current listings, or the market in general.

 

Lynette Williams

Most sought after Realtor in Los Angeles

Lynette Williams has been a full-time real estate expert since 1997. As a practicing attorney, she specializes in real estate sales, development, and construction. Her other areas of practice include estate planning, contracts, and business structures. Her previous experience as a financial analyst, an insurance agent, and marketing coordinator gives her the talent to assess your real estate needs including financial analysis, tax strategies, legal ramifications, insurance requirements, and marketing strategies. She has also served as an officer in the United States Army. A graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Florida College of Law, Lynette’s goal is to offer the first-class service and build long-standing relationships with her clients. She works meticulously with the highest standards of professionalism to serve her clients’ needs. By implementing new tools and techniques and incorporating innovative concepts, she assists her clients to get the most of their home in the minimum possible time.

Lynette’s real estate record epitomizes her commitment to her clients. She has a record of selling more than 97% of all her listings with them being on the market an average of 19 days. 51% of all her sales have come from listings. She is equally dedicated to working with first-time buyers and buyers moving from their present homes. She especially comprehends the needs of the first-time homebuyers and is focused on their long-term real estate dreams. While most realtors look for new business from the general public, Lynette focuses her time on her existing clients and referrals. She has obtained the following designations and certifications:

  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
  • Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR)
  • Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI)
  • Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR)
  • NAR’s e-PRO

Lynette lives in the Los Angeles and loves going to movies, flying airplanes, real estate investing, rehabbing properties, reading photography, concerts, plays, and dining out. She is a member of the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Los Angeles Bar Association, Toastmasters Int’l, and the California State Bar Association. Lynette is also involved with the 99s Club and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

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An offshoot of Home Warranty, Structural Warranty is a legal agreement between the builder of the home and you – the owner. Structural Warranty functions basically in the case of new homes, wherein the builder assures that the home he has built will have no structural defects for a period of ten years after its construction. His claim is covered by the company which offers him warranty coverage for the building, at times additionally including workmanship and internal systems.

Top tips for Structural Warranty for Newly constructed homes

The system functions just like Insurance, but covers defects which may occur due to age and wear and tear, not natural disasters or unforeseen circumstances. Like the Home Warranty covers the items in a home – its appliances, wiring and plumbing systems, interiors etc. – Structural Warranty covers elements like the foundation, girders and beams, roofing, and flooring.

What is Structural Warranty?

Before the purchase of a home, it is advised for either the new owner, seller or realtor to purchase Home Warranty, in order to establish a relationship of trust and confidence in both parties involved. Just as a Home Warranty leaves the new owner knowing that his home and all that is in it is secure for at least a year after its purchase, Structural Warranty establishes the same sense of security in the buyer of a new home straight from a builder.

It is rather simple – all structural defects are now to be fixed by the company that the Warranty has been purchased from or by the builder offering the warranty himself, and as long as the terms and conditions are met, neither the builder nor the new owner is liable.

Is Structural Warranty Necessary for me as a Buyer?

We see before our eyes appliances, electrical systems and plumbing leaks occur every once in awhile – but most of the time structural damage is noticeable only after it is too late. Given that large parts of the US are known to have soil that expands with seasonal changes, statistics show that more than 25% of all buildings in the country experience some kind of structural damage during the first decade of their life, almost 10% of this being major and often irreversible.

It isn’t always about how reputable the builder is, in fact, the more reliable the builder the higher the chances are of them investing in warranty for the homes they have built. Years after a deal is signed, sealed and delivered, a matter like soil expansion that is out of the hands of both the parties can spring up, making Structural Warranty the only way to guard against massive expenditure out of your own pocket in the future. Studies show that the warranty is most often claimed 4 to 7 years after a home is built to completion.

The Builder’s Perspective

Settling Terms of the Deal

The chances of an individual investing a sum as large as the cost of a home in anything else in his or her lifetime is very slim, making this purchase one that could develop complications if not done right. Builder’s offering Structural Warranty for the home they have built can not only assure the buyer of their expertise but also give them a legal document to go back to in case frivolous lawsuits or complaints are lodged. Like in the case of any two-way agreement, responsibilities, terms, and conditions are clearly outlined.

A Middleman

If a third party company is used to establish a warranty, then any complaints, disputes or discussions will be handled by them – until the point of reconciliation. This saves time and discomfort for both parties involved, especially the builder.

Value of the Home

If you happen to be a builder with larger holdings or varied properties and houses, then the value of each building is sure to increase if Structural Warranty is added to the mix. Use it as a marketing strategy, one that is true to every word and will help you build lasting relationships with your clients.

How Structural Warranty Works

Structural Warranty functions according to the guidelines of the Housing and Urban Development department of the US, which stipulates particular criteria within which a company must cover damages. Larger builders may choose to provide their own Structural Warranty schemes to the buyer, while builders without a department to handle such claims or smaller building agencies may choose to use third-party warranty companies. Even more so than Home Warranty claims and structures, Structural Warranty coverage and insurance backing vary drastically from builder to builder and company to company. If you happen to be a part of the decision making of who to choose, make sure you do your research and pick a coverage that is extensive and appropriate to your home.

What Structural Warranty Covers

If you go through a Structural Warranty contract or guide, you will notice one important point – the extremely specific and near legal language used to describe what that particular company or builder covers. Structural Warranty owes this specificity to regulations set by the Housing and Urban Development Department of the US, as well as to the builders’ need to protect themselves from futile claims and lawsuits.

Due to each Structural Warranty being unique (much like Home Warranties state-wise laws), we will get into what the warranty covers in general. Know that this isn’t ironclad, and you have to cross check the terms and conditions with your builder.

As a whole, third-party companies offer two kinds of warranty, one which accounts for any damage to the structure of the building from the moment the deal is closed between the builder and buyer. The second stipulates that the company will only begin to cover damage to the home 3 to 4 years post the sale, implying that any structural damage before then is up to the builder to fix.
Each company usually has a base plan and other additional perks that you can choose to opt for.

The basic coverage usually covers the following:

  • Beams, Pillars, and Columns
  • Girders and Lintels
  • Foundation of the home
  • Masonry arches
  • Roof beams, and framing systems
  • Flooring
  • Walls and partitions that bear the load and contribute to the building’s structural validity.

The last of these, load bearing partitions, are often accompanied by the additional coverage of non-load bearing partitions. These claims are almost purely cosmetic, and certain Structural Warranty companies do assure the fixing of these, keeping in mind the original material integrity of the home.

Integral to any warranty and insurance difference, Structural Warranty doesn’t cover any damage due to natural disaster, accidents or unforeseen circumstances; anything that is covered under insurance, basically.

Lastly, any structures added to the original home – an extension, outhouse and detached garage space for examples – would not be covered. If the need is felt, the builder could then purchase a separate Structural Home Improvement Warranty.

The Cost

Individual state laws in the US tackle Structural Warranty in different ways, making the cost different in each state as well. On an average, if the basic warranty is purchased, then it shouldn’t cost more than 1% of the purchase cost of the home. In most states which are positioned in low-risk areas (minimal soil expansion, etc.), the price is only about half a percent of the home’s price, whereas in high-risk zones the price can go up to 1.5% to 2%.

When looked at it in terms of a median example, while Structural Warranty would cost anywhere between $500 and $1500 for ten years, the repair in case of structural damage could be between $50,000 and $100,000; Structural Warranty being about one percent of the estimated repair budget.

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If you are shopping for a home warranty, also called a home service contract, and you live in Florida then you probably know you have lots of options. But how do i find the best home warranty companies in Florida? What are the top rated companies in this state? These are valid questions. Let’s get down to answering them.

Florida is often called the sunshine state, and this is justified by the weather there. Orlando, one of the most popular vacation destinations in the U.S., typically still sees high temperatures near 80 degrees Fahrenheit in November, according to weather website, Intellicast.com. Warm climates like that can really push air conditioning systems to the limit of the systems’ optimal performance standards.

Home Warranty Companies in Florida

Running the A/C year round results in much greater wear and tear and more frequent maintenance requirements. What does this have to do with choosing a home warranty company? Well, if your home is located in one of the warmer parts of Florida then your air conditioner may be one of the most expensive pieces of equipment covered by your service contract. So it’s important to choose the company that offers you the best coverage for that system.

HomeWarrantyReviews.com ranks companies based on user feedback. And that’s important because it means you’re getting honest evaluations rather than biased ones based on how much the home warranty company pays to the reviewer. In the state of Florida here is the list of top companies based on the current standings on the website at the time this article was written (September 2015).

  1. American Home Shield
  2. The Home Service Club
  3. 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty
  4. HSA Home Warranty
  5. Select Home Warranty
  6. Home Warranty of America

Chances are you’ve considered some of these companies during your search for a home warranty company. As top companies in the home warranty industry these are names that you’ll see in many states and regions in the country. But yours isn’t just any state. If it was it wouldn’t be a magnet for retirees, beach goers and vacationers of all ages, would it? As a Florida homeowner you need to know that the company you choose will come through for you when the temperature inside your home is equal to the temp outside. Let’s focus on air conditioning for a moment.

1. American Home Shield (AHS)

AHS has loads of positive feedback in their recent reviews, but two in particular stand out. During the month of September two customers rated AHS five stars for air conditioner repairs. One customer remarked that when AHS found that all of its contractors were booked to help other customers the company told the homeowner to call any local contractor who could do the work on short notice. That sort of customer service could possibly mean the difference between your air conditioner being fixed quickly or waiting days for a qualified technician to be available.

2. The Home Service Club (HSC)

HSC also has some very positive review comments and ratings from consumers who specifically mentioned the air conditioner as the reason for the service call. In one review the homeowner remarked that the repair to the air conditioner would have cost a fortune if not for the service contract from HSC. While this may seem like anecdotal feedback, it’s important to note that not all companies reviewed on HomeWarrantyReviews.com have positive feedback from customers who had problems with air conditioning systems.

3. 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty

This company has some very positive reviews from customers whose air conditioners were serviced recently. Not one of the recent air conditioning related reviews had less than five star ratings.

4. HSA Home Warranty

In recent reviews for HSA Home Warranty there are three extremely positive reviews involving air conditioning system repairs. The customers not only were happy with the repairs but also with the speed with which the repair technicians were sent out by the home warranty company. With air conditioning being so important, the time it takes to get a technician to the home is one of the most important aspects of home warranty services.

5. Select Home Warranty

Out of six recent reviews which specifically mention the air conditioner being the reason for the service call, five of those are extremely positive. The one dissatisfied customer was upset due to a problem with the expiration and renewal period of the home warranty.

6. Home Warranty of America

HWA has six recent reviews that involved air conditioning. While it’s possible that even more of the reviews involve air conditioner issues, we will focus on these six. Five of the six reviews were highly positive, all earning the maximum number of stars from the reviewers. The one unhappy customer was a landlord who felt the technician sent by HWA did not make the correct judgement regarding the problem with the air conditioning system problem.

Are you starting to see a trend?

It’s not coincidence that these first three companies have overall high ratings from customers in your state and in other states. And though the companies deserve credit for the satisfied customers it’s important to note that the contractors they work with are also a big part of those good customer experiences. That leads us to the next point to consider. What type of contractor coverage do these companies have in your area?

If you live in a densely populated part of Florida then chances are any of these top rated companies will have sufficient contractor coverage to cover any repair needs that arise in your home. But if you live in a more rural part of Florida you’ll want to keep in mind that each contractor network is different. Be sure to ask about the local contractor coverage when you speak with a company about a home warranty price and coverage quote. And also be sure to ask if the company will allow you to choose your own contractor in the event the company’s network contractors are unavailable to help you or don’t have the right skill set to fix whatever is broken.

The good news is you live in a state with lots of great companies to offer you a home warranty. The bad news is you may have a hard time choosing a company due to all the options available. If that should happen then be sure to come back here to read the most current reviews for each company you are considering.