Is your property ready for winter?
As we are coming into the winter months, the nights are getting darker and the weather is turning colder, it’s worth taking the time to make sure that your property is ‘winter proofed’.
We would recommend that all homeowners, landlords and tenants consider how to look after a property during the winter months, but more importantly when a property is empty.
We would strongly recommend acting now to avoid winter damage and protect your property! For most properties it will be necessary to keep the central heating on low or normal settings to maintain a suitable temperature. Many energy efficient homes have loft insulation which restricts the rise of heat into the roof space. Leaving the trap door open can often help to reduce the risk of frozen pipes and bursts in the roof space.
If your property is empty, you may wish to consider turning off the water supply, shutting down and draining any central heating boiler, associated pipework and if applicable, roof storage tank. We would suggest that you also consult with your insurance company to ensure you are complying with the conditions of any policy.
Whilst this is general advice, the characteristics of each individual property may be slightly different. If you are unsure how to take appropriate measures to protect your property whilst the property is vacant, please do not hesitate to contact us as we will be able to put you in contact with a 3rd party specialist.