Some Top Tips if your Property is unoccupied in winter

This
year we have had a fairly mild start to winter but it is inevitable that the
cold spell will hit at some point and it might be worth planning ahead now to
prepare for it.

Last
winter a client had a major leak at their property following a burst pipe. The
client had already moved out and the property was sat empty – they were only alerted
to the problem after the neighbour spotted water pouring out of the upstairs
window. Luckily they had left a key with their estate agent who went to the
property to turn off the water supply but the damage was already significant –
collapsed ceilings, wet carpets and a lot of mess to sort out.

Some
pointers to think about, especially if your property is left empty for periods
of time:-

  • Make
    sure a spare key is left with someone, such as your estate agent or a
    local friend or relative.

  • Ensure
    the property is regularly checked – it would be worth asking a friend or
    relative to pop in every day

  • Make
    sure you know where your stop cock is and let others know

  • Keep
    contact numbers up to date so you can be contacted in an emergency.

  • Make
    sure your insurance policy is still in force

  • Double
    check any additional terms and conditions your insurer might have for
    empty properties to ensure your policy remains valid in the event of a
    claim.

  • It
    will be a condition of your insurance policy to prevent loss or damage and
    keep the property in good repair. Consider keeping the heating on and
    check the boiler and heating are in good working order

  • Ensure
    pipes and water tanks are lagged

  • Consider
    keeping the loft hatch ajar so warm air can circulate any pipes in the
    loft

 Dawn Brogan, Glanvilles, Havant

Dawn Brogan : Glanvilles

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