HomeSource Joint Managing Director Pia Vogel says giving loved ones a Home Assist membership for Christmas is an ideal way or reducing family stress and the costs of dealing with household emergencies.
"A blocked drain could cost $180 and getting locked out after hours could cost $300. Home Assist gets the problem sorted quickly and only costs $145 a year," she said.
"It's an ideal gift for those living alone or who are elderly and takes the guesswork out of finding a reliable, qualified tradesperson who will turn up at the appointed time.
"While we like to think of Christmas as a family time the reality is that one in four Australians live alone. We have an aging population and that means one in three women aged over 65 are living solo. So it makes sense to give those you love a Home Assist membership,"
“Living alone means all the household responsibilities fall on the one person. Home Assist provides a support network for retirees and other Australians who live alone. The average retiree lives on an annual income of around $22,380 and 43% do not have the skills to DIY. When unexpected household problems do crop up it's important to find a solution to the problem before it becomes a dangerous and more costly issue.
"Home Assist covers members for four call outs a year for plumbing, electrical and locksmith problems. Home Assist operators assess each call, and organise qualified tradespeople to fix the problem within two hours. A Home Assist membership covers the cost for the call out fee and the first half hour of labour.
"By buying an annual membership as a Christmas present, you are giving your loved one a gift of financial security and independence. It's a great way to take care of those you love especially if you do not live close by. You can be confident that a reputable and qualified tradeperson will deal with their emergencies in a professional manner.
"It's a present that lasts a whole year and it gives you, not just your loved ones, peace of mind," Ms Vogel said.