Many home owners struggle with the decision of purchasing a home warranty plan. You're probably already paying a mortgage, and likely utilities too. So it's understandable if adding another monthly payment is unappealing. But investing in the safety of your home with a home warranty could make a huge difference in your family's financial security and peace of mind.
Consider your appliances
When considering a home warranty, it's important to first think about your systems and appliances. How long has your washing machine been washing and your air conditioner cooling? You may be surprised that decades of use aren't necessarily required before a breakdown occurs. According to the Huffington Post, 25 percent of front-loading washing machines and 20 percent of dishwashers break within three to four years.
While home insurance will typically cover appliances in the case of theft, fire or other disasters, they will not cover problems caused by normal wear from use over time. If your appliances are several years old or get a lot of use, a warranty could be a critical investment.
Consider your finances
While new appliances are less likely to break down or have problems, you can't predict just when you'll run into problems. So whether your home and systems are old or new, it's important to consider your finances. While a monthly fee may be unappealing, did you know that the San Francisco Chronicle reported that in 2013 the cost of a new gas furnace was anywhere from $1,700 to $12,500? Or that Consumer Reports magazine reported in 2010 that tests showed that top-loading washing machines that cost less than $500 don't wash well? That means you'll be looking at a bill of more than $500 to replace your model if it breaks. If you're at a financial position where you can't afford that kind of lump sum payment, you might want to give a warranty some serious thought. Chicago Now reported that if one of these major repairs would break the bank, you should probably consider purchasing a home warranty.
When it comes to home warranties, you want to work with a company that you can trust. With a plan from HMS, you'll know up front just what your warranty does and does not cover. Let us help you choose an affordable plan that will protect your family and your home from problems and failures with your major systems and appliances.
THE INFORMATION IN THESE ARTICLES IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON THE PROPER MAINTENANCE AND CARE OF SYSTEMS AND APPLIANCES IN THE HOME. NOT ALL OF THE TOPICS MENTIONED ARE COVERED BY OUR HOME WARRANTY OR MAINTENANCE PLANS. PLEASE REVIEW YOUR HOME WARRANTY CONTRACT CAREFULLY TO UNDERSTAND YOUR COVERAGE.
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