British Gas out in the cold as HomeCall+ launches UK’s most competitive boiler breakdown cover Monday 8 September 2008 PDF Print • Evergreen cover delivers ethical and efficient major BG alternative • Full spectrum home cover with Rainbow insurance • Need it now? Lightning policy provides instant cover in an emergency - HomeCall+ beats competitors on like for like cover - No more astronomical bills for emergencies - Just £99 a year for boiler breakdown AND annual inspection - Regular boiler service helps keep emissions and running costs down - Comprehensive cover for ALL household utility breakdowns BRITISH Gas’ dominance of the boiler breakdown cover market is set to end as major rival HomeCall+ shakes up the market with its new Evergreen cover (see Editor’s notes). The new service, which costs just £99 a year, gives complete peace of mind and includes a full annual boiler inspection – meaning that policyholders’ boilers will be running at maximum efficiency. The annual inspection – in itself worth around £50 – is a double guarantee for policyholders. And if their boiler does malfunction, then an engineer will aim to be on site within two hours of the emergency call. Evergreen covers breakdown of both gas and electric heating systems – and at £99 is around a third cheaper than the most basic level of boiler cover from British Gas, which doesn’t even include radiators, pipes and hot water system. “The massive hikes in fuel bills are going to hit consumers’ pockets hard this winter, so protection against emergency tradesmen’s call-out charges is more important than ever,” says HomeCall+ MD John Williams. “Policyholders will be covered for all eventualities, and our annual boiler inspection means that their system is going to be working at maximum efficiency. Which means that their energy bills are going to be cheaper,” he says. The policy will pay out for the repair of central heating and hot water system breakdown up to a cost of £500 or, if the boiler is beyond economical repair, £500 towards the cost of a new one (see notes). This policy is also available to landlords at no extra cost - essential for complying with their legal requirement to provide gas safety certificates for their properties. This can cost around £65 alone so the extra benefit of a year’s cover is invaluable. HomeCall+ is also launching its Rainbow policy, offering full cover for just about anything that might go wrong in the home for one low annual payment of £120. It provides comprehensive cover for emergency repairs to electrical wiring, plumbing, drains, broken doors and windows causing a security risk, replacement of locks following loss of keys, pest control - plus boiler, heating and hot water system breakdown. And there’s even an option for those who decide to take the risk of going without boiler breakdown insurance. “We understand that, when it comes to insurance, there are those who would rather save the money for something else and just hope that nothing goes wrong,” says Williams. “With this in mind, we have combined the Evergreen and Rainbow polices to create our Lightning policy. This allows consumers to sign up on the spot, get their heating up and running again and buy themselves peace of mind for the whole year. “No waiting period, no hefty bill, no kicking yourself that you didn’t get insured before!” Lightning costs £199.99 a year – a premium of just £80 to cover boiler repairs up to a value of £300 plus £120 for the cost of the comprehensive Rainbow cover. Considering the average cost of a one-off boiler repair is £250 this represents incredible value. All policies allow unlimited claims, carry no excess and a no claims bonus of up to 30% discount. One call to the HomeCall+ hotline will bring a fully qualified Corgi or NICEIC registered tradesman to the door and our aim is to attend within two hours day or night for emergencies and by the next day for heating breakdown. “Our tradesmen are all fully vetted, experienced and helpful and all their work is guaranteed. You can’t say that of someone picked out in desperation from the phone book,” says Williams. “Many of our customers have come to us after going through the nightmare of trying to find a plumber or electrician in an emergency. With no guarantee that anyone will show up and the possibility of having to pay whatever it takes to fix the problem, It’s a no-brainer.” - Ends - www.homecallplus.co.uk Editor’s Notes: Summary of cover & costs: Evergreen – annual one-off payment of £99.00 or a monthly direct debit of £8.99 provides: • Repairs for breakdown of central heating systems and hot water failure to a value of £500 inc VAT for boilers up to 20 years old • Gas and electric systems • Annual 10 point inspection • Annual gas safety check • £500 towards a new boiler if the old one is beyond economical repair (Conditions apply) Rainbow – annual one-off payment of £120.00 or a monthly direct debit of £10.90 provides: • All the benefits of Evergreen policy • Plumbing emergencies including external drains and sewers to a value of £500 inc VAT • Electrical wiring emergencies to a value of £500 inc VAT • Control of vermin & insect invasion • Repairs to broken or damaged windows & doors posing a security risk • Loss of keys cover – up to £500 to replace locks Lightning – annual one-off payment of £199.99 or a monthly direct debit of £18.08 provides: • Immediate cover in event of an emergency • All the benefits of Evergreen up to a value of £300 • All the benefits of Rainbow up to a value of £300 After 12 months Lightning customers are invited to renew for Evergreen or Rainbow HomeCall+ is a stand-alone household emergency service provider set up in 2005 by John Williams. The company has become the number one consumer choice, offering a comprehensive service for householders at very affordable prices. The company also provides a range of policies for professional and private landlords and commercial concerns. Media enquiries: John Williams, Managing Director HomeCall+ Tel: 01254 505010 Sharon Nicolson, Operations Director HomeCall+ Tel: 01254 505010 Cathy Tully, Consultant David Andrews Media Ltd Tel: 01273 774109 / 07747 196854 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org David Andrews, Senior Consultant - Director David Andrews Media Ltd Tel: 01273 774109 / 07941 255855 Email: email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Homecall + in the following categories: Home & Garden, Personal Finance, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.