Much like Voldemort’s name, the sound of the word ‘winter’ makes us all shiver. But as the days begin to get shorter, and the temperature starts to drop, you can no longer run away from the fact that winter is coming. We’d all love to hibernate and escape the often brutal British winters, but unfortunately not all of us can run away to holiday homes in the south of France. If you’re stuck here like the rest of us, it’s important that you prepare your house for the oncoming storm. Rain and snow, especially in such vast quantities, can cause a lot of damage. So, by following the steps below, you can ensure your home remains strong and stable through the winter months.
Prepare your garden
You won’t be able to spend time out in the garden, unless you either want to be soaked through or frozen solid, so the summer and autumn months are perfect to get your garden in order. Simplicity is best when it comes to maintaining a tidy winter garden, so prune bushes and get rid of any unnecessary plants or plant pots. Reducing clutter is important, as anything that can be picked up the wind could potentially crash into your house or greenhouse and cause damage, so batten down the hatches and prepare for the worse!
Repair your roof
The summer and autumn months are great times to fix any issues with your roof. During the winter months, heavy rain or snow can expose issues with your roof, especially if there are any damage to your roof tiles or supporting structures. But don’t worry, you won’t need to do any of this yourself. When you hire a roofing company, they will purchase all roofing materials that are needed, and will combine this with the overall cost of the job.
Organise your garage
We keep a lot of our stuff in the roof or in our garages, and although this might not be our best china or most expensive collectables, this stuff is probably relatively important. A lot of this stuff may be kept on the floor, and so is susceptible to damage when heavy rain causes flooding, especially if your garage is at the bottom of a sloping driveway. So maybe use a lazy summer or autumn sunday to organise your garage and ensure your items are kept safe.
Fix window sills and door frames
Rain is a common occurrence during the winter, especially in the North, and the South, and the East. . . and the West. Rain can find its way into any small hole around doors or window sills, and can cause water damage to the surrounding walls. And so it’s important to shore up your defences and make sure that the seals around your window sills and door frames are air tight.
Check your home insurance
During the winter months, problems can crop up in the home, making in a popular time for making home insurance claims. It’s important to ensure your home insurance policy is sorted out and up to date. This may also be a good chance for you to assess whether you can save money. You can compare home insurance with companies like Compare the Market, MoneySupermarket and Confused. Hopefully you won’t end up having to make a claim, but it’s good to have that peace of mind during winter storms.
As long as you follow these steps, you’ll be less likely to come across any sudden and unmanageable disasters. And also, don’t say things like, ‘it’s been quite mild, hasn’t it?’ because that’s just asking for trouble!
Thanks for reading.