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Getting household repairs done during the summer ‘can save you a lot of money’

A number of homeowners, including buy-to-let landlords, across the UK are already thinking about winter despite the recent stifling temperatures with a record number of people looking to replace their boiler this summer.

According to Boiler Guide, enquiries for new gas boiler installations have increased by 44.5% over the past three months when compared to May-July 2018 suggesting many people are now more savvy to the potential savings of getting their house in order while demand for heating engineers is lower. 

With temperatures reaching record highs in recent days, not everybody is thinking about a new boiler and this seasonal decline often sees heating engineers struggle for business. 

But being prepared and making these repairs or installations during the summer can save hundreds of pounds for the exact same service due to lower demand.

Andy Barr, co-founder of Alertr, said: “Getting household repairs done during the summer can save you a lot of money. It’s best to have your boiler checked during the months you are less likely to use it, so that if anything does go wrong then you have time to get things fixed before the colder months hit. Wait until you need it and you’ll likely face long queues and higher costs due to demand.”

Barr also suggested that it is currently a good time to get your roof and guttering checked to ensure no leaks have sprung and you’re not left with broken guttering or leaks when the rain comes in. 

He added: “It is generally a lot nicer to do household repairs whilst the weather is pleasant, such as painting the house and garden fences.”

David Holmes, founder of Boiler Guide, agrees that it is good to see that more homeowners are not waiting until winter to get their boilers replaced. 

He commented: “It’s great to see that more UK homeowners are not waiting until winter to get their boilers replaced - we are all well aware of the high demands on repair people during the colder snaps of winter and the potential implications of a broken boiler.

“In some areas of the UK you can save up to £500 by replacing your boiler in August as opposed to November so it’s worth speaking to a heating engineer in the summer if you’re after a bargain. 

“Due to lower demand for heating engineer services in the summer it really is a ‘buyer’s market’ so make sure to shop around to get the best quote.”

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