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Cold weather can often be the root cause of maintenance problems around the home and a new survey* conducted by the AA revealed that 22% of householders had a domestic disaster last winter, costing them on average £555.56 to fix.
To combat these costs, the AA has launched Home Membership; a set of products aimed at helping homeowners with emergency and routine repairs around the home – from tripping electrics to broken boilers.
According to the survey, the most common type of fault in the home was central heating-related, accounting for 58% of all repairs. The second most common was a leaky roof (15%), followed closely by blocked drains (10%) and damp (10%)
With one in nine surveyed forking out £1000 or more to get their problem fixed, Tom Stringer, Head of AA Home Membership thought it was the right time for the AA to expand their expertise in the home:
“Even relatively minor jobs can actually be quite expensive, once you add call–out charges and labour. With AA Home Membership, we want to help take the hassle and expense out of organising these routine repairs at what is often a busy time of year.”
As autumn draws near and temperatures drop, Mr Stringer believes the change could potentially leave central heating systems and plumbing vulnerable.
He continued: “Our research showed that, by far the most common thing to go wrong in the home was the boiler or central heating. While we can't control the weather, we can put adequate protection in place to take away the pain of organising costly repairs, with the same excellent AA service you get at the roadside.”
*Research carried out by the AA/Populus Home Panel amongst 1631 adults aged 18+ on 22 August – 4 September 2013.
25 September 2013