I had a nightmare over Xmas and New Year as one of my oldest boilers decided to pack up. Just what you need on Boxing Day a text from your tenant to say that they have no heating or hot water and Happy Xmas!
Therefore the boiler scrappage scheme might just have come at the right time.
Unlike my initial fears the scheme hasn't been farmed off to a few large and very expensive providers like British Gas and their corperate cronies. Providing a landlord can get a quote from an approved installer then they can access the scheme. It really does seem that this is a genuine £400 off the price of a boiler. It's suddeness has probably caught boiler companies off guard so they have not been able to inflate prices although I doubt that the demand for A grade boilers will mean that there will be very little discounting available to landlords to drive down prices.
My other concern was not having bought a boiler for a couple of years that A grade boilers would cost an arm and a leg. Not so according to my plumber. It's possible to pick one up for £800. My idea would be see if I can get one for between £700-800. Remember most plumbers often try to 'make' a little on the boiler so sourcing it youslef could save you £100 or so.
So despite my initial sceptisism the boiler scrappage may well be a flyer.
The question is wether there will be sufficient magic vouchers to go around to satisfy demand.
I'm getting my request in early just to make sure.
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