Preparing your home for winter

The nights are drawing in and the temperatures are dropping, so it’s important to start thinking about what you need to do to prepare your home for the winter months ahead. Here are some simple things you can do to ensure you’re ready:

Check your boiler

Ensure you get your boiler checked before the winter months arrive; no one wants to get to winter and find out they have no central heating.

Make sure you use seek Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out your service – visit the Gas Safe Register website to find a qualified engineer near you. This also ensures that you know of a certified engineer in your area that will be on hand to sort out any potential issues with your boiler or central heating as soon as they occur.

Clean the gutters and drains

It may be the last thing on your mind, but it’s still essential. Leaves and mud can block your drains so much to the point of placing your roof and walls at risk of leakage. Ensure they’re clear from this possible build-up to limit the risk of water damage.

Get insulation

According to the Energy Saving Trust, around a quarter of heat in your home is lost through the roof, so insulating your loft is a nice place to start (if you have one). Also about a third of your home’s heat is lost through the walls, so consider cavity wall insulation as well. The government has various energy grants so check them out to see if you can save any money in the process.

Keep your pipes protected

An effective way to protect your pipes this winter is with a foam layer called lagging, which helps prevent them from freezing and bursting. Also remove any vegetation that’s appeared as this can also cause damage.

Gain cover

It’s important to be covered in case any winter-related damage occurs. Check your home insurance policy that it offers enough protection that you would be covered in the event of any fire, theft or flood. Accidental damage like storm damage isn’t included in most home insurance policies but you may be able to add it on if you wish.

Get the best energy deal

It’s worth checking whether you’re on the best possible energy tariff as this could be another potential money-saver. Make use of price comparison websites like MoneySuperMarket or GoCompare to compare deals and find the best one for your property.

Compare The Market's energy comparison tool is also worth looking for some more helpful information about switching tarrifs. 

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