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19 February 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Checkatrade Launches Home Emergency Cover For Only £7.95 A Month

3 Months Free Introductory Offer Included.

SUMMARY

Checkatrade (http://www.checkatrade.com) in conjunction with Home Assistance UK Ltd announce the launch of Checkatrade Fast Fix Cover, an insurance policy designed to provide homeowners with a tradesperson on their doorstep, wherever possible, within three hours of an emergency occurring, regardless of the day or time for only £7.95 a month.

PRESS RELEASE

Checkatrade (http://www.checkatrade.com)  in conjunction with Home Assistance UK Ltd announce the launch of Checkatrade Fast Fix Cover, an insurance policy designed to provide homeowners with a tradesperson on their doorstep, wherever possible, within three hours of an emergency occurring, regardless of the day or time for only £7.95 a month.

The policy covers most household emergencies, including burst pipes, blocked drains and toilets, broken windows, security problems such as lost keys, heating system and power supply failures as well as leaking roofs. This removes the need for separate policies for different utilities.  For less than the cost of a cup of coffee per week, householders will be covered for parts and labour up to three times a year to a value of £1500 in any one year. 

The policy is the brainchild of Kevin Byrne, CEO and Founder of Checkatrade.com. Kevin recognised a need for this kind of policy after hearing of people who had experienced difficulty getting assistance in an emergency outside normal trading hours, even though they had household insurance. Kevin said “Most household insurance policies do not have provision for a trader calling at the time of the emergency occurring.  Too many times people have to bear with no heating, for instance, for days on end in cold spells because they, or their insurance company, cannot source a trader willing to carry out emergency repairs late at night or on a  public holiday. And if they can, they are charged an extremely large sum of money in order to do so. This policy takes the worry out of such situations.”

He has joined forces with Home Assistance UK Ltd, a division of Centrica, to provide this long overdue service. Calls to the emergency line will be handled by an operator 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and will not go to an automated service. As Kevin said “When you having water pouring from your ceilings at three in the morning, you do not want to be put through to an answering machine. You want to be reassured that your emergency will be dealt with quickly and efficiently.”

To find out more about Fast Fix Cover, people can call 0844 880 8006 or visit http://www.fastfixcover.com.

Checkatrade is a trading style of Vetted Limited, and Vetted Limited is an Appointed Representative of Home Assistance UK Limited, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

Checkatrade helps combat the UK's rogue trader problem by continuously vetting and monitoring local traders such as builders, plumbers and electricians. The idea was born in 1998 after a tornado hit the small West Sussex town of Selsey. Traders poured in from as far away as Liverpool and Manchester. Unfortunately, some ripped off the inhabitants of the town. Local businessman, Kevin Byrne, realised there was nowhere to check out the traders’ credentials and the company that became Checkatrade was formed.

Since then, Checkatrade has grown to include over 6,300 genuine trade members, growing by an average 120 new members every month, and, via the Royal Mail, distributes 5.9 million directories a year into communities throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset and Berkshire, while the website includes traders from across the UK.

CONTACT INFORMATION

PR / Marketing, Checkatrade
5 - 6 Sherrington Mews, Ellis Square, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 0FJ
Tel: 01243 601234
Fax: 01243 601246
info@checkatrade.com