Winter proof your property
- 11th October 2006
- Property Tips
How to safeguard your property against the ravages of the winter weather?
Jack Frost is here to stay well into the New Year according to Metcheck.com, who advises to expect very cold spells throughout the season. So don’t forget to -
Insulate your pipes
Are your pipes well lagged? Burst pipes are one of the most common and costly repairs that landlords’ experience.
Clean the guttering
As winter comes and autumn goes, your gutters could be clogged with leaves. Unless you clear these now, water could cascade over the edges all winter potentially creating more problems and stressing the gutters.
Check your roof
Each year it’s worth checking the roof for loosened tiles where rainwater could enter the property causing leaks, damp and rot. Also you won’t want tiles slipping and falling on tenants or neighbours.
Protect your assets
With the darker nights, do you feel your property is secure enough from break-in? Do you need window locks on downstairs - particularly basement rooms? Check with your insurer which locks comply with your policy.
Take out 24-hour emergency repairs insurance
Who wants to be disturbed in the early hours of these dark winter nights? Instead buy insurance that will deal direct with your tenant over a remedy, as well as cover the cost of the repair (subject to policy terms). Ask your letting agent.
Remember to look after tenants as well as yourself. How many of us forget to turn on the outside porch light before we leave for work? Arriving back in the dark we can avoid risking a missed step and twisted ankle by fixing up some exterior sensor lights. Illuminating the dark corners outside your property is also an excellent security measure, making it more difficult for unwanted intruders to enter your property unseen.
Burst pipes are one of the most common and costly repairs that landlords’ experience.
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