Don’t wait until the weather changes for the worse before making sure your property is protected. There are nearly 200,000 insurance claims each winter due to frozen pipes and water damage.
• Does your tenant know what they should do to prepare the property for winter?
• Are you adequately insured?
• Do you know what your insurance company’s requirements are if your property is empty?
• Are your water tanks and pipes properly lagged?
• When was the last time your boiler was serviced?
• Can your outside tap be isolated?
• Does your heating have a frost thermostat?
• Have your gutters been cleared?
• Can the stop tap be easily turned off?
• If your property is empty, have you asked your agent to put the heating on low or arrange for the system to be drained?
If you’re going away during the winter period, have you :-
Reported any dripping taps to your agent or Landlord?
Advised your agent or Landlord on how long the property will be empty?
Similarly, don’t forget to…
• Leave the heating on low continuously for the period you’re away.
• You could leave the loft open to keep the roof space above freezing point.
• Make sure that outside taps are isolated and drained and don’t have anything attached to them.
• Do you know where the stop tap is?
• Leave the key with someone who can regularly check on the property for you.
Area Lettings Manager at The Property Centre, Gillian Critchson, advocates a proactive approach and the avoidance of many problems by simply planning ahead. It’s devastating when a property is flooded or water damaged, plus you could lose valuable income if the property becomes uninhabitable.