Well that was a fantastic bank holiday weekend, and lots of us were out in our gardens for the first time. But memories can be short, and it’s easy to forget the bad weather we’ve had over the last few months. Without wanting to put a dampener on it all, now’s the time to think about protecting houses against the slings and arrows of the next onslaught of bad weather.
Not just homeowners: landlords too
This isn’t only advice for homeowners: landlords should put plans in place as well. Landlords’ insurance claims can be even more complicated than domestic ones, and it’s important they can demonstrate they’ve done everything they can to protect their properties.
And of course, landlords can’t just do this on the spur of the moment. They have to arrange access and timings with their tenants, so they need to plan carefully. Our advice is: there’s no time like the present.
Here are some simple steps landlords and homeowners can take to help protect their properties against whatever the autumn and winter may throw at us later in the year:
- Clear out gutters and drains to make sure rain water will flow away rather than overflowing, and check that gutters haven’t worked loose. Also make sure airholes are clear.
- Check your roof: look for loose or damaged tiles.
- Check fences for damage and reinforce or replace if necessary.
- Check the insulation on your pipes both inside and outside the house.
- If you have trees, then check their stability and trim branches which have been weakened. If necessary bring in a professional to assess them, and make sure they are pruned regularly.
Apart from that, enjoy the good weather – for as long as it lasts.