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Old 08-08-2017, 07:02 AM
 
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I know there are many opinions on home warranty; in particular, many people who think getting one is a total waste of money.

However, we are buying into a situation in which we think it would be beneficial for us (at least for the first year).

Do you have a home warranty company that you would recommend?
Or one you would avoid?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:44 AM
 
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Alot of these home warranty companies have their horror stories along with people that have had no problems with them, as it seems to go on what type on contractor they send out to you, as one of the biggest complaints with Home Warranties is the contractor is just there to get their fee and do a poor job troubleshooting the issue. They will always try to state neglect on your end as to why they will reject the claim (this is one of the biggest complaints I have run across) while researching alot of these companies.


I have asked around about this myself and this one seems to be pretty good from what I hear, since you can use your own contractor, but I have no clue what they cost per month.

https://aphw.com/home-warranties/warranty-services/


Considering you will be paying $40-60 a month for one and there is probably a $75-125 deductible if you have to call them out, unless its a big ticket item like HVAC or an expensive washer dryer or fridge, it might come out cheaper to put $75-$100 a side per month in a home repair fund.
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Old 08-08-2017, 12:31 PM
 
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I had First American the first year I had my house (came with the house).

I thought they sucked.

When my air conditioner broke, the sent out some contractor from Conyers (I live in Duluth) who came in an unmarked car. It took 3 days for him to come. Then when he got there, he found out I needed a new capacitor. Had to go order one and came back 2 or 3 days later to install it. Ridiculous when you consider what most people do is call CoolRay or Estes or something and they come out the same or next day. They also carry things like capacitors in their trucks so they can fix common problems like this without having to order a part.

I've since had my capacitor replaced again, by CoolRay. It cost about $150, I think. So that's really just $75 more than the deductible for the warranty service call. And I got it same day, so that's $75 pretty well spent. Plus no premiums.

I understand the appeal of home warranty companies, but in my experience they will hold things together with twist ties and duct tape before they will ever replace something and they use the crummiest contractors in the biz.
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Old 08-08-2017, 12:31 PM
 
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We use American Home Shield. For the price, it has been worth the money.
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Old 08-08-2017, 05:50 PM
 
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I think I had American Home Shield when I first bought my home. I think they are fine for the first year. My real estate agent made it a requirement at closing for the seller to pay for.


I have had friends get a new dishwasher that broke after they moved in. I was able to call them to fix my stove, but they totally blew me off for a plumbing issue that I had.


Once I got settled and had handymen or services that I personally trusted, I much preferred that and they resolved my plumbing issue that the vendor from AHS said was too big or out of scope.
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:29 PM
 
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I would highly recommend reconsidering purchasing a home warranty, they are garbage IMO. you get the most cut rate contractors who don't care at all.
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