Taking some precautions before the winter weather kicks in can help prevent a claim, or for more extensive repairs later on down the line. Here’s 7 things you can do to prepare your house and property for autumn.
- Clean out your gutters, making sure that down pipes and any outlets are
clear of leaves and debris. You’ll also need to check and repair any leaking gutters. If a gutter is then blocked up with water, then this could freeze and
pull away from the building causing further damage.
- Inspect the roof for any broken, loose or missing slates/tiles/mortar or
flashings and watch for any early signs of leaks or condensation on the
ceilings – especially at the outer edges.
- Cutting back trees that are close to your home means they are less likely
to cause damage in a storm, as well as reduce the amount of leaves that
drop into the guttering.
- Getting your boiler serviced or inspected should always be included in any
autumn MOT, as a boiler breakdown in the winter months is a grim
- It may come as no surprise that during the longer hours of darkness, there
is an increase in the number of burglary claims made every year. It’s a
good time to review your home security measures.
- If you’re setting off for some winter sun, try to resist the urge to share news
of your trip on social media, advertising an empty property to thieves.
- Make sure you keep your contents insurance up-to-date and at a high
enough level to cover all your belongings, should the worst happen.