From This is Money:
It pits the AA against domestic service companies such as HomeServe and British Gas. The first product is an insurance plan called Home Emergency Response, launched with insurer RSA. Annual cover costs £119.40 for AA members, or £143.40 for non-members.
It can help with emergencies such as pest infestations, lost keys, burst pipes or broken windows. Adding cover for boiler breakdown costs an extra £3 a month.
The emergency help will not be delivered by AA employees, but come from a network of specialist suppliers.
A second service called Home Assist is on trial in Hampshire and south-west London. Here, a uniformed AA employee will turn up at your home for an appointment to do plumbing or electrical work and you pay for the job by the hour.
The AA is also piloting a ‘handyman’ service in London aimed at homeowners who AA president Edmund King says ‘have jobs they never get round to doing, from putting up shelves to painting the garden fence’.
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