(PRWEB) April 30, 2013
TotalProtect, one of the country’s leading home warranty products, recently conducted an extensive national survey and found 65% of consumers had to repair or replace a major appliance or home system last year. Of the 1,059 respondents who needed repairs spent an average of $840 and those who had to make a replacement spent an average of $1,200. More than 35% of the survey respondents had both a repair and a replacement; and air conditioners were among the top named system to be repaired or replaced.
TotalProtect is a consumer product owned by Cross Country Home Services (CCHS), one of the country’s leading providers of home warranty products and maintenance plans. These findings are especially relevant as the hot summer months approach. The statistics coincide with CCHS’s own data that shows their call volume increases in the summer due to air conditioner repairs or replacements needed. The company staffs up in the spring so that they are well-equipped to handle this increase while continuing to deliver the prompt and high-level service that is their hallmark.
TOP 6 REPAIRED ITEMS IN THE HOME
Air conditioner 18.4%
Plumbing system 14.2%
Heating system 12.2%
Water heater 9.9%
TOP 6 REPLACED ITEMS IN THE HOME
Water heater 9.6%
Air conditioner 9.3%
Source: Survey conducted by TotalProtect.com. Results based on responses from 1,059 homeowner respondents located in the continental U.S. Reproduction of this survey available upon request.
Staffing Up for the Summer
CCHS has recently announced it will hire 130 new employees in the first two quarters of 2013. There will be 90 new hires at the company’s customer service facility in Anderson, S.C. and 40 at their headquarters in Sunrise, Fla. CCHS currently has more than 600 employees and operates its call centers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most of the new positions will be dedicated to customer service and authorizations.
“A home warranty can provide valuable peace of mind to families when a major appliance or home system unexpectedly needs to repaired or replaced. You know you’re covered,” said CCHS president Sandra Finn. “We know that a broken air conditioner or heating system can be disastrous for a family, so we’ve made sure our customer service and response protocols are such that we’re always prepared to be there when our customers face these kinds of emergencies.”
Other Survey Findings
TotalProtect released other findings from the survey earlier this year. One question asked consumers what the biggest challenge is to having a major appliance or home system repaired or replaced. The results: 56 percent said finding a reliable repair person was their top concern. Fear of being scammed by the repair person ranked second on the list with nearly 35 percent noting the concern; and scheduling the repair and finding time to meet the repair person tied for third at 26 percent. Read more here.
The survey also asked consumers what dollar amount for an unexpected home repair would push them off their “personal fiscal cliff.” The results: more than 60% said that less than $2,000 would be devastating to their household finances. Read more here.
For more information about TotalProtect, visit http://www.totalprotect.com.
About Cross Country Home Services
Cross Country Home Services, Inc. (CCHS) is dedicated to making home management easy by offering a full selection of hassle-free, cost-effective home solutions, including warranty products and maintenance plans. Since 1978, the company has built a reputation for excellence and today is one of the nation’s leading providers of these products and services. Consumers can buy home warranties and home maintenance plans directly from CCHS or through select affinity partners in mortgage, banking, insurance, real estate and utilities industries. Products include some of the industry’s best known brands, including TotalProtect Home Warranty, Home Protect Warranty and HMS Home Warranty. The company’s customer care staff is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is dedicated to ensuring the highest level of service. Homeowner needs are quickly resolved through a national network of over 40,000 service providers, the largest in the industry. Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., CCHS is a member of the Cross Country Group. To learn more about CCHS, please visit http://www.cchs.com.