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Avoid being left out in the cold this autumn

Tuesday 1st October 2013

Domestic disasters can prove costly for many landlords, especially during the wintry weather. In fact, new research by AA Home Membership reveals that 22% of householders had a domestic disaster last winter, costing an average of £555.56 to fix.

The findings, from the AA/Populus Home Panel, reveal that the most common type of breakdown in the home is central heating-related, accounting for a huge 58% of repairs. The second most common fault was a leaky roof (15%), followed by blocked drains (10%), damp (10%) and burst or leaking pipes (8%).

Repairing these problems is not cheap and can eat into an investor’s buy-to-let returns, highlighted by the fact that one in nine households had to fork out £1000-plus on repairs last year.

Tom Stringer, Head of AA Home Membership said: “It’s unfortunate that wintry weather can cause damage in and around our homes. Freezing temperatures can affect central heating systems and plumbing, but also other things can go wrong too.

“Quite often you find that what might seem like a relatively minor job can be quite pricey once you factor in call-out charges and labour. A faulty electrical socket or a leaky radiator may be more of an annoyance than an inconvenience, but can regardless be expensive to put right.

“Our research showed that by far the most common thing to go wrong in the home was the boiler or central heating which also tends to be the problem we’re most often asked to help with. It’s one of the last things we want to break down in the winter and is likely to be one of the more expensive things to fix, too.

Which of the following is closest to the problem(s) you experienced last winter?

 

Problem

Percentage (of those who need a repair)

A problem with the boiler or heating

58%

Leaking roof

15%

A blocked drain

10%

Damp

10%

A burst or leaking pipe

8%

Damage to the garden (trees, sheds etc)

7%

Flooding

2%

Pest infestation

2%

A smashed or cracked window

2%

Other

17%

How much did it cost (or how much do you expect it to cost) to put this right?

 

Cost of repair

Percentage (of those who needed a repair)

Nothing

30%

Less than £50

12%

£50-£99

11%

£100-£499

22%

£500-£999

5%

£1,000-£4,999

9%

£5,000-£9,999

2%

I didn’t get it repaired

2%

Don’t know

8%

Average

£555.56

 

              

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