A guide to preparing your property for the winter weather

Spring isn’t the only time of year you need to keep your building clean and well-maintained; the winter weather can take its toll on your property, so you need to make sure that it’s safe and ready for whatever the weather has in store. In the winter construction firms are busier working on emergency issues, and it’s also harder for them to undertake work as the weather means staff can’t do many jobs, particularly if the work is on external issues. As such, it is vital that you keep your property safe and do everything in your power to identify and fix any issues it may have before the cold weather sets in.

Whether you’re a landlord looking to keep your property safe or a homeowner eager to ensure you don’t end up with a big bill, here are some of the best ways you can prepare your property for the weather this winter.

Clean The Outside As Well As The Inside

It’s always tempting to simply give the carpet a quick hoover and dust the surfaces then call it a day, but for a proper, thorough clean you need to make sure that the outside of your property is also taken care of. Windows, guttering and external spaces such as balconies and ledges all need to be kept clean so that you can quickly identify and solve any structural problems and reduce the chances of issues spreading or seeping into the building. After all, mould and other spores spread from the outside to the inside, so make sure that the exterior of your property is clean so that you can prevent any serious issues before it gets colder and harder to deal with them.

Check Your Drains

Blockages in your drains can be even more serious in winter, as build-up can occur quicker thanks to heavy rain, and the cold, damp weather can lead to mould and other issues. To reduce the chances of this happening on your property make sure that you check all of the drains in the autumn, and if there is an issue then find a quality drainage supplier. Somewhere like draindepot.co.uk is a good place to look as they stock just about every product you could need to fix and replace worn out drains before winter.

Fix Draughts In Windows And Doors

As the wind gets colder it’s important that you get rid of any gaps in your windows and doors. This will both save you money on your heating and ensure that the gaps don’t lead to bigger problems later on. For windows use sealant to keep the wind out, and for doors check that the wood has not warped, and that any plastic has not developed holes or leaks. Anything that needs replacing should be done as soon as possible, as it will be easier to do while the weather is slightly warmer, and you will be able to avoid the issue turning into something much worse.

Inspect All The Pipes

It’s common knowledge that pipes often freeze during cold weather, so turn off the water supply to any units or rooms that aren’t being used currently, and for those that are make sure that the pipes are in good condition. Replace any that are even slightly worn or cracked, as freezing could further damage them and lead to serious problems for your property.

Bleed The Radiators

Often if the heating in your property isn’t working properly then it’s a sign that your radiators need to be bled. The process is simple and involves releasing trapped air to allow hot water to fill the radiator and make the heating more efficient. This can be done by yourself or your tenants, and requires very little skill, but merely patience and time.

Service Your Roof

In winter one of the areas of your property that will take the brunt of the force from the wind and rain is your property’s roof, so make sure that you check that this is completely safe and fit for purpose in the autumn before the temperature really drops. You can check your roof yourself, but if you spot any serious issues then it’s important that you work with a professional roofing contractor who will be able to help you get your roof back in great condition before winter.

Be Prepared For The Worst

If anything does go wrong during the winter it’s important that you’re prepared, so take out a comprehensive insurance policy that will cover you for any loss of earnings you may have on lost rent should your property become uninhabitable, or that will ensure that you’re not left with a big bill if you’re a homeowner. Use a comparison site to ensure that you get the deal that provides you with the most comprehensive cover at the best price.