HomeServe USA Offers Tips on Minor Home Fixes to Protect Your Major Investment

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HomeServe offers tips on ways homeowners can protect their major investments

According to a study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the market for aging-in-place is continuing to grow in popularity among homeowners. More homeowners are choosing to remain in their homes as they age instead of opting to move.¹

This finding reinforces the need to protect one of the biggest investments for consumers— their house and property. Because more homeowners will be remaining in their homes for longer periods of time, the importance of protecting their house and property is vital. Simple preparations like servicing heating and cooling system units (HVAC) and purchasing extra protection plans can help safeguard homeowners against unexpected home emergency repairs and the related costs.

"One challenge of home ownership is that the potential for expensive repairs is always out there," says Tom Rusin, CEO of HomeServe USA, a premier provider of emergency repair service plans. "While unexpected problems can never be completely avoided, there are measures homeowners can take to protect their home now, and avoid costly repairs later.”

HomeServe USA offers a few tips:

Check your heating system:
To ensure your system runs as efficiently as possible, replace air filters at the beginning of each season, and ideally every 90 days. This will keep air cleaner, reduce energy consumption and extend the overall life of the HVAC system. Consider tune-ups and heating system coverage not generally covered by home insurance.

Curb unanticipated expenses with extra protection:
Many homeowners often don’t know where their utility company’s responsibility ends and the homeowner’s begins. Homeowners are often surprised to find out they are typically responsible for repairs to the pipes and wires in and around their home (as the local utility is usually not responsible for these or for emergency repairs). Home emergencies such as ruptured water lines cause damage to a homeowner’s property.

It is important for homeowners to look closely at their home insurance policy and check if their utility company offers an emergency service contract. If not, signing up for a separate emergency repair service plan that covers gaps in your home insurance policy may prove to be beneficial in the long run. These plans can range from exterior water and gas lines to plumbing and drainage systems to complete electrical and heating/cooling configurations.

HomeServe USA offers affordable emergency repair service plans in partnership with more than 26 utility companies, to cover plumbing, electrical and HVAC system emergencies and repairs not typically covered by homeowner’s insurance. HomeServe also offers plans directly to customers under the HomeServe USA name. Most recently, they are offering directly to homeowners in Kansas, Indiana, Minnesota, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, New Jersey, Louisiana, Texas, Washington and Oregon water service line protection plans, starting at under $5.

Prevent excessive energy bills:
Air infiltration through gaps and cracks is one of the leading causes of energy loss in homes. Purchasing air sealing and insulation products is one of the most cost-effective ways to get the highest return on investment for the home because the monthly amount saved on heating and cooling bills often exceeds the cost for these improvements. In addition, air sealing and insulated siding is a building material recognized by both ENERGY STAR®and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

About HomeServe
HomeServe USA Corp (HomeServe) is an independent provider of Emergency Repair Service Plans. The company was established in the US in 2003 and has grown to protect over 1.1 million homeowners across the US, and now Canada, against the expense and inconvenience of water, sewer, electrical and other home emergencies. HomeServe dedicates itself to being a customer-focused company offering best practices in customer service and marketing. For more information about HomeServe, please go to http://www.homeserveusa.com, follow us on Twitter@HomeServeUSA, or on Facebook at facebook.com/HomeServeUSA.

Editorial Contact, HomeServe: Beth Crisafi/Kyle Kuhnel/Melissa Rodriguez, Gibbs &Soell Public
Relations, 212-697-2600, bcrisafi(at)gibbs-soell(dot)com or kkuhnel(at)gibbs-soell(dot)com or mrodriguez(at)gibbs-soell(dot)com
Myles Meehan, 203-356-4259, HomeService(at)homeserveusa(dot)com

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