Winter is Coming – Preparing Your Home for the Elements

 

As well as providing competitive home insurance quotations, expert advice and dedicated claims assistance, our property insurance experts have been busy putting together some very useful information to help protect your home.
With night’s drawing in, now could be a good time to review your home security as well as running a few simple checks to ensure your home is best protected against the elements.

Security
Barking dogs and CCTV are best deterrents, say ex-burglars Here’s how to avoid a home break-in, according to a panel of former criminals According to a panel of former criminals interviewed, burglars are most likely to be put off breaking into homes by CCTV cameras and barking dogs. Nearly half of the 12 former burglars asked said most thieves were opportunists simply wandering the streets. They would therefore avoid any difficult break-ins or ones which might attract attention. For that reason, installing CTV cameras are a good deterrent for home burglaries and car theft, while loud barking dogs, strong heavy doors, a switched-on TV and locked UPVC windows would also put off potential thieves. Surprisingly, burglar alarms were only thirteenth on their list of deterrents.

  1. CCTV camera
  2. Sound of a barking dog
  3. Strong, heavy doors
  4. TV that has been switched on
  5. Locked UPVC windows
  6. Cars parked on driveway
  7. Overlooking property
  8. Surrounding fences
  9. Gates outside the property
  10. Motion-activated security lights

It was also found that of 2,000 UK adults surveyed, 28% took no measures at all to protect their property. As a result, homeowners could be risking their most precious possessions.

The Elements
As well as security there are other things you can do to help prepare your home for the coming autumn and winter. Here are some things to consider

Testing your heating system.
You have probably not used your heating system much (if at all) over the summer period. Before you actually need heating, it is a good idea to test it to make sure your boiler is working, your radiators are warming up fully and there are no leaks or other issues.

Check gutters, gullies and drains
Now is a good time to check your gutters, gullies and drains are clear. A blocked downpipe with trapped rainwater may crack or shatter in freezing conditions.

Tree branches
Consider cutting back any low hanging branches which could cause damage in high winds.

Rodents
It’s surprising the amount of damage rodents can cause in a home, and as the temperature starts falling they will soon be looking for a new cosy hide away. Check your home for any holes or gaps where entry could be gained.

Smoke detectors & CO2 detectors
It is highly advised to regularly check all detectors in your home, but as you are doing other checks it’s a good reminder to check your detectors.

We hope you find this information useful. If you would like a home insurance quotations please call our office on 01708 730830.

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