Thursday, August 20, 2015

Don't Forget To Prepare Your Home For Winter

It might be the summer right now, but in just a few short weeks winter will be upon us - a depressing thought, I know. If you own your own home, it’s crucial that before the winter sets in you ensure that your home is properly prepared.

The winter might seem a while off, but trust me, the cold weather will be here before we know it. Don’t make the mistake of leaving it until you see the first frost on the ground to prepare your home for winter, the sooner you prepare, the better.

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To help you with this, I thought that I would share my top winter preparation tips with you, below:

Check that you have adequate home insurance

The first thing that you should do, when it comes to preparing your home for winter is call your insurance company. Get in touch with your insurance provider and double check that your policy is up to scratch and covers winter damage. Winter damage should include floods, wind damage and ice damage.

If your home is affected by flooding, and your carpets are destroyed, you’ll be able to find comfort in the fact that you have insurance cover. Your insurance should cover the cost of any damage so that you won't be left out of pocket.

Look out for any issues with your home

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Spend some time expecting your property, look around the interior and exterior of your property and try to spot any issues. Things like cracks in the walls, broken roof tiles, and cracked windows are important things to look out for. These types of things can cause all sorts of issues when the weather becomes colder.

If, for example, you notice that a couple of the tiles on your roof are damaged, have a look at residential roofing at You should be able to use this website to work out what the best option for your roof would be. It’s important to get your roof fixed, as it could cause water to leak into your home, if not.

Get your boiler checked

Did you know that you should have your boiler checked at least once a year? This is because a boiler that isn’t checked can waste energy and could also leak potentially deadly carbon monoxide into your home.

If you have a boil in your property, make sure that before the winter, that you have it checked. Make sure that you hire a professional plumber to check your boiler, to ensure that it is properly checked.

Check your home’s insulation

If you want to try to conserve energy this winter, it’s crucial that your home is as well insulated as possible. When it comes to working out how well insulated your home is you need to look at the type of windows you have, as well as the insulation you have.

If you aren’t sure how well insulated your walls and attic are, you can get in touch with an insulation company who can come out and find out for you. Many of these companies also offer low-cost insulation, so if it does turn out that your home lacks insulation, you can get that fixed.

If you want to ensure that you home is properly prepared for winter, starting your preparation now is a good idea. All you need to do is follow the tips above, and you can ensure that your home is as ready for winter as possible.

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