With the dark nights drawing in, now is the ideal time to do some final checks on your home for winter.
Not only will most home insurance policies require your property to be properly maintained for claims against weather damage to be valid, but you can also avoid expensive call outs when the weather changes. Age UK offers the following tips for things to consider checking to prepare for winter weather.
1. Roof tiles
Get a recommended tradesperson to take a look at the roof – now is the right time to check all the tiles are secured and everything is sealed correctly.
Now is a good time to check that the guttering is clear. Ensure any leaves or obstructions that have the potential to cause a blockage when the weather gets worse are removed, and pay special attention to the ends of the guttering or any junctions. If you are unable to safely look at the guttering around the home, ask a friend or neighbour if they are able to help or get in contact with a recommended tradesperson.
It is always tempting to wait until that first cold day of the year to turn a boiler on, but it’s better to check it is in good working order before this. Get the boiler inspected or serviced regularly by a registered professional and whilst they are there, ask them to check that all the radiators are in good working order.
To keep the home warm through the winter it is vital to have the appropriate insulation for the loft and cavity walls. Efficient double glazing can also help keep homes warm. In addition, it’s worth speaking to your energy provider to see whether you qualify for free energy saving home improvements.
5. Garden furniture
As the evenings get chillier and darker it is time to store away garden furniture, to avoid damage and wear and tear during the winter months. BBQs and garden furniture can often be expensive so it’s worth ensuring they are safely padlocked away in a shed or outhouse, if you are lacking indoor storage space.
6. Check cover
Dig out your insurance policy terms and conditions and check the small print to ensure you’re covered for incidents such as storm damage and burst pipes to help avoid any unexpected costs should the worst happen.
7. Finding tradespeople
Find reliable and trustworthy people to carry out your home's maintenance through TrustMark. Alternatively, the National Body for Home Improvement Agency and Handyperson Services may also be able to help.
- Useful information on home maintenance and advice on how to source further help is available from Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65 or by going to the Adapting your home section of the Age UK website by clicking here.
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