(OT) People just don't respect home warranty plans

I used to work for a home warranty company and it was amazing the amount of complaints that would come in, as if homeowners were expecting their $400 premium investment to turn into a pot of gold somehow.
Never mind that a disturbing proportion of homeowners are too busy to read and understand the terms and conditions of the policy, or they get sucked into dealing with dishonest real estate agents who are too busy to explain that "Well, you have to pay additional amount for the well pump coverage".
Of course, some of the contractors are bottom-feeders as well, but I don't think the sampling of contractors affiliated with any warranty company is significantly different from a typical sampling of contractors from the Yellow Pages.
Now home warranty plans are greatly helped by the wave of McMansion Developments in which the HVAC goes out within 5-6 months of each other on the whole entire block (say, 10 years after building). Wow, what whopping good equipment that was installed in the first place, probably some crap like Janitrol or Carrier.
And then even a few (thankfully not a majority) homeowners expect their bottom-of-the-barrel Caloric range to be replaced with Viking equipment! Or a Maytag refrigerator with a Subzero!
And then I loved the H/O's who shell out $800,000 for some 2K square foot disaster-waiting-to-happen and then get all ancy because they can't afford a new furnace. WELL IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD A NEW FURNACE THEN YOU CAN'T AFFORD AN $800,000 McMoneypit to begin with.
But then I also dug the occasional homeowner who had a Renewal policy (!) and then asks some really ignorant questions that he/she should have figured out 15 months ago when he/she first closed and got the warranty policy, and then mouths off, "Oh these home warranties are shit, I don't even know why I renewed." Well, DUH, why DID you renew?
Cheers, The Warranty Stud
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The Warranty Stud wrote:

Of course they do, that is exactly what they were lead to believe by the salesmen who are on commission and likely are getting more of that $400 than the home owner will ever see back.
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wrote:

Lots of warranty companies are rip offs, they tend to be one time purchases by design so the company has no long term interest in customer satisisfaction, just PROFIT:(
I sold a home a couple years ago and bought the warranty for the new owner, to be nice and help sell house.
Although nearly every appliance was BRAND NEW except the urnace which I had serviced.
My experience was that everyone involved in home selling was a JERK, espically the home inspecors.
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Weren't able convince the buyer at the end of the first year that they had to pay the renewal fee? Didn't try hard enough ruin the buyers credit rating with an unpaid contract they never saw or signed?
I guess your now busy selling used cars that were only driven by little old ladies to church...
Oh yeah, blow me.
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No, they were expecting your company to provide the service they contracted to provide.
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No... They expect jackasses like you to do your job and repair problems when they happen.
I can hear my neighbours jetted tub two doors down. It's not installed to spec. Yet for some reason the warranty company thinks it's fine, even after two plumbers identified a whole whack of problems with the installation.
If folks didn't have to fight tooth and nail for even the simplest issues, you might have a leg to stand on.
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That and if he hadn't cut off both his legs with a circular saw.
Jade
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I was one of the "lucky" ones, I got a home warranty when I moved in from the seller, I discovered a leaky pipe, the first plumbing company that was sent out to look at it and decided not to fix it because they though it would involve tearing out hardwood floor. They had the insurance company send me a check to buy out the issue, and leave me with the problem. I got sent 400 bucks and told, sorry, can't help you. Now, here is where the lucky part comes in. The first company to look at the leak did bother realizing that they could access the leak thru the wall in the sunken den on the other side of the wall. I fixed the leak with some pvc joint compound and a $2 elbow fitting. Took me 1 1/2 hrs to put everything back together including the drywall.
I think I made out okay.
But really the home warranties are crap, if you get anything out of them its the lowest quality stuff, and the contractors that work for them only do so because they can't develop a reputation of quality on their own to continue to find work. Case in point the plumbing guy that came to my house.
Dave
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When I first started in this business, I got started doing work with a couple of warranty companies. The first one was with the local utility company. All they were worried about was getting the customer taken care of no matter what. They then farmed out the warranty to a true insurance company. Boy were things different. Thye wanted to decline as many repairs as possible, all kinds of small print. Then I tried a real estate warrany company. I did 2 jobs for them and then told them no more. They wanted bandaids on everything we did. They paid paupers wages to the contractors, they would make customers wait for hours or days for approvals, and billed them like $50 to boot. Seing it from the contractors end of the equation, they are snakes. It is a crap shoot, they want your money hoping nothing will break and if it does they do everything they can to cut corners or decline repairs, and you are hoping things will break under warranty hoping they will get replaced or back to in condition of usefullness.
My $.02
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