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Old 07-04-2009, 05:17 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Can anyone suggest a good home warranty company for San Antonio? My current policy is about to run out and I'd like to find another company but I want better, local service providers. If there are any you can vouch for, please let me know.

Thanks.
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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We had American home shield for the 1st year and didn't extend it - wasn't worth it IMO.
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:11 PM
 
Location: 1604 & Potranco Area
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I agree...not worth it! My home inspector said the only time you get one is if the seller is paying for it...

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Old 07-04-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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The previous owners had a home warranty. They pumped a leaking a/c full of refrigerant and did bad work on a wax ring on a toilet. If I knew who they had I'd tell you. About all they were good for was highlighting stuff for the inspector to look over extra well.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:12 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I always use Best Home Warranty for my clients. They're usually very pleased with the service and coverage. Homepage - LandAmerica Home Warranty
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:55 AM
 
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I had First American last year (my realtor paid for it). It was ok, as far as warranty companies go. The only major repair was replacing a coil in my a/c, which turned out to be covered under the manufacturer warranty anyway, but at least I didn't have to hassle with the manufacturer myself. They have an online service request form, which is handy, when it works. I haven't bothered to renew, but I would probably use them again if I felt I needed a home warranty again.

Another option that might be worth exploring is getting separate coverage on your major items through an extended warranty company such as Square Trade.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & San Antonio, TX
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I would agree that for most homeowners with newer homes, a home warranty is probably not worth the expense (assuming you have to pay for it and not the sellers). However, when I bought my house last year it was 90 years old and almost all the "improvements" had been DIY jobs that the previous owners had done.

I definitely got my money's worth out of my warranty - replaced a leaking kitchen sink apparatus (that required removal & rebuilding of the entire countertop in order to get to the plumbing because of the way the previous owner had jerry-rigged the construction), repaired a leaking water pipe in the ceiling, replaced a broken window unit air conditioner, repaired/replaced low-flow toilet that had been improperly installed, etc.

Given the uniqueness of my situation, I decided to renew my home warranty and am quite happy with the extra peace of mind. Oh, my warranty is with Old Republic Home Protection. www.orhp.com
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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I have Allied Home Warranty. They've been alright but I'm thinking of canceling due to usefulness and budget constraints. Never use American Home Shield, google reviews and you'll understand.

The important thing to remember when using a home warranty is the age of your home. Most older homes will need extra work done along with repairs to bring installations up to today's code. These "upgrades" are almost never covered by the warranty. Be sure to ask specifically about your company's policy. The warranty will cover the cost of a comparable unit for replacement and the labor but you will be responsible for the "upgrades" and will be forced to use which ever company the warranty company sends to your door. All in all, if you put the cost of a policy away in a dedicated account each month, when something goes wrong, you'll have the flexibility to shop around for a competent repairman and fair prices.
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Old 07-10-2009, 10:21 PM
 
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We have Home Warranty of America and they have been great. 5 ton AC replaced with no charges and a dishwasher. We purchased a 4800 sq ft home that needed refurbished completely and the home inspector suggested we get a home warranty policy since the 3 AC's and the 3 hot water heaters were original .. 20 years ago!! The seller paid for the first year and we are paying the 500 to renew ... which is the premium upgraded warranty!! If you have older appliances it is well worth it. We will probably only renew until this 3 year project is completed!
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