17 September 2016

Is Your Home Ready for the Incoming Cold Weather?

The winter may not be here yet, but soon enough the temperature will drop, and the sun will be replaced by wind, snow, and rain. As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your home is prepared for winter. It might take some time and effort to get your home winter ready, and may even cost a small amount, but it’s more than worth it.

If that’s the case, then why do so many of us fail to get our homes winter ready? Believe it or not, the number one reason many homeowners don’t take the time to prepare their homes for winter is because they don't know how to do it. The good news is that once you know the best steps to take, it’s not too hard to get prepared.

Double check your home insurance policy--

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The winter months is the time that you are most likely to need to use your home insurance to make a claim. So it makes sense to contact your insurance provider now, to ensure that everything is up to date on your policy. The last thing that you want after your home has been flooded is to be told that your policy is no longer valid. That’s why it’s so important to double check your policy and what it covers. As well as the basics like fires, break-ins, and natural disasters, ask about burst water pipes and storm damaged roofing. After all, the more you’re covered for, the better.

Have you heating system and boiler checked over--

Not only should you get your heaters checked over to ensure that they’re working properly, but also, to see if you could cut your energy costs. You see, boilers that aren’t properly maintained have a tendency to waste energy. Meaning that your energy bill could be higher than it should be. So it’s worth contacting a specialist from a company like KMA Heating & Cooling or another local expert, to come and check them over. By doing so, any issues should be found and fixed, so that your heating doesn't break down in the midst of the cold weather.

Clear out the guttering and trim trees and bushes--

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As the leaves start falling off the trees, they’ll land in your home’s guttering, causing it to become clogged. During the winter, if your gutters are clogged, water won’t be able to pass down them. This will mean that it will run down your home and may cause small cracks to form in the exterior walls and foundations. This can lead to all sorts of issues, including damp. So it’s worth clearing your gutters out before winter sets in. It could also be worth trimming any trees or bushes that are close to your home. This is because these can drip water onto your walls or property’s foundations, causing problems.

If you want to ensure that your home is winter ready, you need to take the time to make a few checks to it. This will help to ensure that when the colder weather sets in, your home is as prepared for it as possible.

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