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Old 01-13-2011, 04:44 PM
 
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As I approach the one-year anniversary of my real estate closing, I have to decide whether to renew the home warranty policy originally purchased for me by the previous owner. Although I have had a good experience so far (two a/c units repaired over the summer and a toilet replaced), I wasn't sure I wanted to fork over $720 myself to extend the policy for another year ($425 for basic coverage plus several options).

Coincidentally, we began having problems a couple of weeks ago with our 20+ year old Thermador combination double wall oven/convection oven/microwave. The top oven, which also functioned as a microwave and a convection oven, worked fine, but the bottom oven only worked as a broiler. One of the heating elements was malfunctioning and it would not operate in regular bake mode. Not a major issue for us (especially since we don't cook often), but still something we wanted repaired.

A repairmen came out, and after diagnosing the problem, stated that he was pretty sure that parts were no longer available for this unit and that the home warranty company would be back in touch with me to discuss how to remedy the situation. I decided that I would wait until this was resolved before I decided whether to renew the warranty.

Well today I received a phone call from the company and I was given several options from which to choose. The first option was to have a specific KitchenAid unit put in that had similar features. The second would be a cash option and I would receive a check in the mail and then I could purchase whatever I wanted. The third option was a giftcard from Sears in the amount of the cash option plus a bonus of 5%.

I inquired about the amount of the cash option, fully expecting to be offered a few hundred dollars that would take into effect the depreciated value of my 20 year old oven. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the company would send me $2,714 which they said would be the cost of the KitchenAid appliance, plus delivery, plus installation.

Needless to say, not only did I choose the cash option, but I decided to renew the policy for another year.
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:54 PM
 
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My Home Warranty came in very handy.

First the heating unit went out and that was $ 1,500. My cost : $ 55 Deductible.

Then the air conditioner went out and that was $ 3,000 . My cost $ 55 plus I had to pay for the crane to put it on the roof That was 400-600... steep but well worth it.

Without the warranty I would had to pay the 3 grand for the AC and the crane

My Home Warranty was $ 375.00 a year . It was Old Republic .
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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My Home Warranty was $ 375.00 a year . It was Old Republic .
That's mine as well. BTW, the service call fee (deductible) is rising from $55 to $60 this year on new or renewed contracts. Still well worth the cost.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:29 PM
 
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Wow! I'm surprised.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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I'd still like to know if I can get a home warranty even though we've lived in this house for nine years.
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:35 PM
 
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Old Republic Home Protection - Home Warranty Service Here is there website, I believe you can. I too have them and have had great service. On the side note had also dealt with them as a contractor and they were the best ones by far to deal with and provided the most amount of money to the home owners.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:04 PM
 
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I have Old Republic as well and just renewed for $550 with Gold and two add ons for the washer/dryer because it makes an annoying squeak at the end of a cycle. I know they're about to go, but better to have that for an entire year to cover additional appliances, than pay for a brand new washer/dryer for $500.00+. The a/c unit has not been replaced, to my knowledge, since the home was built in 2002, so I'm sure that will be coming up sooner than later as well. I feel better knowing I have the coverage, just in case. I think it's a great thing to have.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:04 PM
 
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Any thoughts on National Home Warranty company?
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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I have Old Republic as well and just renewed for $550 with Gold and two add ons for the washer/dryer because it makes an annoying squeak at the end of a cycle. I know they're about to go, but better to have that for an entire year to cover additional appliances, than pay for a brand new washer/dryer for $500.00+.
I'm obviously a fan of home warranties, but I'm not sure the addition of the washer/dryer option is a good deal for you if you're dealing with relatively low-end equipment. You're paying $75 for coverage plus a $55 or $60 service call if something were to go wrong, and you're not even guaranteed to get a replacement; just a repair of your old equipment. You might be better not insuring the washer/dryer and just saving the $130 and use it toward the purchase of new appliances when necessary.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:48 AM
 
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I'd still like to know if I can get a home warranty even though we've lived in this house for nine years.
I would think so Buzz. Relatively low cost for you . I would give Old Republic a call
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