With autumn well and truly underway, it’s no joke that winter really is coming. This means that it’s the perfect time to prepare your property for the colder months ahead.
Although it feels like the temperatures have plummeted already, they are only set to drop further, so you need to make sure your property is ready for the winter – whether you’re a landlord, homeowner or tenant.
This autumn checklist will help your property hold up in the harsher season:
Make sure the heating works
It’s highly likely that you’ve not had the heating on for a good few months and, although you might be holding onto the hope that winter’s not yet underway, you’ll soon be turning the knob. But, if you wait until it gets really cold before switching the heating on, there’s a chance that you’ll get a nasty surprise when you do and it doesn’t work.
It’s wise to turn your heating on now and check all of the radiators, bleed them if necessary and then switch them back off, safe in the knowledge that they’re in working order for when you need them.
Clear the gutters
Blocked gutters can cause pipes to overflow, leading to damp in your property. During the autumn months, blocked gutters are a common problem, as leaves falling from the trees can clog them up. Make sure you clear them regularly.
Check the roof
While you’re sorting your gutters, take the time to check the roof. If you have any loose tiles, it’s a good idea to repair them now, before a nasty storm or particularly strong winds make the problem much bigger and more expensive to sort out.
Service the boiler
If you’ve not had the boiler serviced in a while, now’s the time to do it. Find yourself a local engineer that you can rely on and make sure that the boiler’s working before it needs to be used constantly.
It’s a known fact that around 25% of the heat in a home escapes through the loft and about 35% through the walls. The right insulation can significantly reduce this. Cavity wall insulation can help to stop heat escaping from the property, by filling the gap between the two walls. Newer homes should already have this, but, if yours doesn’t, it’s worth getting it fitted.
Get the chimney swept
A cosy open fire is one of the best things about the winter, but don’t throw any logs onto yours until you’ve had the chimney swept!
Switch your energy provider
In a few weeks’ time, you’re likely to be cranking up the heating, turning on the lights a lot earlier and spending more time at home – in short, your energy bills are going to soar. Why not take the chance to reduce your bills while you can by switching provider?
Get the right insurance
Suffering loss or damage to your property during winter is particularly disheartening if you find that you didn’t have the right cover to begin with. Landlords can be sure that their properties are protected with Just Landlords – we offer the widest Landlord Insurance on the market, with 40 essential covers as standard. Get a quick quote here: https://www.justlandlords.co.uk/landlord-insurance
Winter can have detrimental effects on your property, but it pays to be proactive – follow these steps this autumn to best prepare yourself for the colder months.