TheHouseShop.com carried out research, to get estimated costs for emergency callouts in the two weeks over Christmas and New Year. Recent data shows that landlords requiring services such as window repair, tree surgery, boiler engineers, and plumbers, could see a price increase of between 20% – 50% for emergency repairs over Christmas.
Stephen Jury, spokesperson for home services marketplace, Plentific.com, had this to say: “Over the holiday period, plumbers, electricians and other tradesmen will often charge more than their usual fees, especially for emergency callouts. With the cold snap here, December will be a busy month and there will be a higher demand for quick fixes. If you are unlucky enough to need a callout around Christmas, you’re likely to end up paying as much as 50% more.”
This is a major concern for landlords because not only could they be faced with higher costs for an emergency repair but it could become more expensive if the problem is more complex to fix, such as replacing a broken boiler. An expensive emergency repair over Christmas could seriously impact a landlord’s finances when taking into account that they will be paying for their self-assessment tax returns in January.