The AA is to come to the rescue of home-owners, as it already does for drivers, by helping out with home emergencies and DIY tasks.
The emergency breakdown company will be launching a new service this month where a fleet of handy men and women will drive to UK homes and fix leaky pipes, boilers, fit new bathrooms and kitchens, put up shelves or fix dodgy electrics. In fact, anything which the home-owner feels they can't do themselves will be covered by three new arms of the AA.
AA Home Emergency Response will go to burst pipe and boiler emergencies and will be offered as part of an insurance package for £9.95 per month to existing AA members. Those who are not members will pay £11.95.
AA Home Assist will send out qualified tradesmen to help out with electrics, plumbing and kitchen or bathroom fitting. This will be charged at an hourly rate, plus materials.
AA Handy Squad will also be available to offer assistance with small DIY jobs such as fitting curtain rails, new doors or hanging pictures. This will also be at an hourly rate.
The AA have been quick to point out that the new service will work under the same conditions as the breakdown service. The tradespeople will still turn up in the familiar yellow vans and the same call centres will be used. There will be no call out charge and a 24 hour help line will be in operation. While existing AA members will be targeted, the service is open to all of the UK. Members will get a discounted rate, however.