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Hello Autumn!

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Taking some precautions before the winter weather kicks in can help prevent a claim, or for more extensive repairs later on down the line. Here’s 7 things you can do to prepare your house and property for autumn.

  • Clean out your gutters, making sure that down pipes and any outlets are clear of leaves and debris. You’ll also need to check and repair any leaking gutters. If a gutter is then blocked up with water, then this could freeze and pull away from the building causing further damage.
  • Inspect the roof for any broken, loose or missing slates/tiles/mortar or flashings and watch for any early signs of leaks or condensation on the ceilings – especially at the outer edges.
  • Cutting back trees that are close to your home means they are less likely to cause damage in a storm, as well as reduce the amount of leaves that drop into the guttering.
  • Getting your boiler serviced or inspected should always be included in any autumn MOT, as a boiler breakdown in the winter months is a grim experience.
  • It may come as no surprise that during the longer hours of darkness, there is an increase in the number of burglary claims made every year. It’s a good time to review your home security measures.
  • If you’re setting off for some winter sun, try to resist the urge to share news of your trip on social media, advertising an empty property to thieves.
  • Make sure you keep your contents insurance up-to-date and at a high enough level to cover all your belongings, should the worst happen.