As winter draws in the weather conditions can cause damage to your home, but with a few simple tips, you can prepare for the cold months ahead.
Test your heating
Before the weather gets too cold, it is important to check your heating is working, and that all your radiators throughout your home are working.
Check your windows and doors
Although it is important to open windows for 20 minutes a day to allow air to circulate and prevent condensation and mould, it is worth checking your doors and windows aren’t letting in any draughts, as this will help you reduce your heating costs.
Contents insurance is designed to help protect your possessions. No matter how careful you are, there’s always a risk that your belongings could get broken or damaged or stolen, so home contents insurance can help provide peace of mind should the worst happen.
PCH do not cover your contents as part of the tenancy agreement so it’s a good idea to consider what a home contents insurance policy would cover you for in order to make an informed decision on whether your need it.
Find out more about contents insurance.
Know where your stopcock is
It’s always useful to know where your stopcock is in case of an emergency, and you have to turn off the water to limit any damage. It’s usually underneath the kitchen sink.
Make a power cut kit
Just in case, it’s always useful to have an easy to locate kit of essentials should you need them in the event of a power cut. You might want to include things like torches, candles and blankets.
Prepare your garden
With high winds usually prevalent around this time of year, it’s always important to either put away or secure down anything that could be blown away and damage your home. Sweep up any leaves and ensure your garden is clear and tidy.
It’s important to make sure you get the right amount of ventilation in your home – as this stops condensation and mould growing. Do things like keep the lids on your saucepans while you’re cooking, make sure all extractor fans are on while cooking or washing and open the windows in each room for about 20 minutes a day to allow air to circulate.
Visit our website to see more information on helping with damp and mould.
Crime rates in the UK are generally higher in the winter months, make sure the locks on your doors and windows are working and in good condition.