How Much Could Maintaining Home Appliances and Systems Cost in 2014

TotalProtect Home Warranty shares average cost of annual repairs and replacements; warns most homeowners aren’t prepared.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (March 11, 2014) — If a major home appliance or system unexpectedly breaks in 2014, do most homeowners know how much it would cost to repair or replace, and do they have the funds set aside? According to experts at TotalProtect, a home warranty company that aims to make home ownership easier, the answer is a resounding no and it could spell trouble for many in the coming year.

“Our research shows more than 60 percent of homeowners feel that an expense of more than $2,000 would be devastating to their household finances, yet the annual cost of repairs is often much more,” said Steve Burnett, general manager and senior vice president of TotalProtect. “In addition to the financials, there is a great deal of stress that comes with finding the right service provider and trusting them to perform the job effectively and honestly.”

According to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and a Bloomberg report, the average age of consumer durable goods is the highest since 1962. This means homeowners are keeping their appliances longer than ever before – an average of 5.3 years – increasing the chance they could break from routine wear and tear.

“The best way to ensure financial stability is proper planning, said Emilio Escandon, CPA, principal-in-charge of the Northeast Region Tax Practice of national accounting firm MBAF. “Setting aside a designated amount each month so you are covered in the event of a major crisis is preferable as opposed to hoping for the best and then having to incur an unplanned expense. It’s a healthy budgeting habit and provides peace of mind simultaneously.”

“A home warranty is a great option for those who want to budget throughout the year and avoid a large, unplanned expense,” added Burnett. “The truth is, things break. Homeowners should ask themselves, ‘can I withstand these costs?’ If the answer is no, now’s the time to put a new plan in place.”

About TotalProtect Home Warranty:
TotalProtect Home Warranty provides a full selection of reliable home management plans. Consumers can purchase home warranty services directly from the company at In business since 1978 and headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., TotalProtect is a division of Cross Country Home Services.

Media Contact:
Sloane Fistel
Cross Country Home Services
1625 NW 136th Ave.,
Sunrise, FL 33323

Oprah Winfrey’s Ambassador of Hope and Excuse Removal Expert Feature on Deanne DeMarco’s Radio Show

Host Deanne DeMarco interviews special guests Oprah Winfrey’s Ambassador of Hope Marala Scott and Excuse Removal Expert Karen Gridley on Thursday’s episode of “Today’s Inspiring Women.” Noon Pacific on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Network.

Tempe, AZ, March 10, 2014 – Success by overcoming adversity and eliminating excuses is a winning combination in the next episode of Deanne DeMarco’s high energy show, “Today’s Inspiring Women.” (

Deanne DeMarco’s guests next Thursday March 13 2014, for her weekly program on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Radio network, are two very inspiring women.

During the hour-long broadcast DeMarco, who has herself enjoyed twenty years of success as a career coach and entrepreneur, will interview Oprah Winfrey’s Ambassador of Hope Marala Scott and excuse removal expert Karen Gridley.

Marala Scott is a Best–selling, Award-winning Author, Motivational Speaker, and Ghostwriter who spends her time Teaching to Forgive, Inspiring to Live. Her efforts earned her the unique honor of being named an Oprah Winfrey’s Ambassador of Hope recipient, in addition to The Sunny 95’s 20 Outstanding Women You Should Know. Marala speaks from unimaginable experiences. She shares them with considerable passion, which translates into heartfelt truth. Her life-altering memoir, In Our House: Perception vs. Reality tells of her horrific childhood. Surrounded by Inspiration, shares her journey of healing through faith, personal growth and understanding relationships. Her passionate and honest words will challenge you to become a better, stronger, more passionate version of you!

Deanne DeMarco will be exploring Marala’s path to success through forgiveness. Marala will be sharing her five steps to overcome any adversity and how to use your personal history as a powerful tool for personal and professional success.

Deanne DeMarco’s second guest is Karen Gridley who coaches and teaches individuals and teams to think the way they want to act and act the way they want to think. As a former scientist and a Recovering Excuse Maker herself, Karen gives practical tools for business professionals to address everyday life and business challenges. Her clients refer to her as a unique blend of the head and the heart. Audiences gain insights and get into action with her dynamic, personable, down-to-earth, humorous and matter-of-fact approach. She is the author of Embrace Your Rights and the creator of The Recovering Excuse Maker Prayer. Karen partners with professionals from a variety of fields who value work-life balance, personal leadership skills and high-performance to create success in life and in business

Deanne DeMarco will particularly want to know how to stop making excuses, and what are the most common reason’s why we make excuses. Karen will be sharing her TWA strategy that is simple enough we can all stop making excuses and get on with business.

Deanne DeMarco herself has used her innovative strategies—drawn from successful experiences as a scientist, college instructor, management trainer, Fortune 500 manager, author and entrepreneur—to help business executives and individuals break through personal and career roadblocks.

DeMarco says, “Each week I introduce extraordinary and inspiring women who may not yet be household names but are business and entrepreneurial rising stars. Marala and Karen are leading the way. I’m thrilled to have them on the same show. Learning to overcome adversity and removing excuses, what a winning combination.”

“Today’s Inspiring Women” airs Thursdays at noon Pacific / 2 PM Central / 3 PM eastern on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel Radio. To access the show log on to: All shows will be available in Deanne DeMarco’s Content Library on her Today’s Inspiring Women Website.

About The Host:
Deanne DeMarco’s career has revolved around helping people break through boundaries and career roadblocks. She is a career coach and has a strong business background with expertise in medicine, education and utilities. As a medical scientist she was on the original three-member team that first discovered the cancer link to second-hand smoke (published in the Lancet). As a corporate trainer her management coaching program won national recognition from Training Magazines Top 100.  For more than 20 years she has helped managers and individuals advance their careers. Today, she continues her work as an executive and individual coach. She conducts fun, interactive workshops and seminars and is a keynote speaker at business and association meetings around the world. For more information please visit: or call 1-708-836-0118 or 1-866-91-COACH.

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