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We all know that our homes are bound to face some hardship through the winter months, with rainfall, strong winds and other factors frequently coming into play. However, it’s easy to let your guard down once the evenings start to get lighter and the temperatures start to get a bit warmer.
There are a few traditions most people participate in as springtime rolls around every year. Spring cleaning. Checking your home insurance policy? Throughout this article, we’ll take a look at some valuable tips and routines for you to implement into your spring ritual. Spring into action!
Unfortunately, theft and other similar events can happen without warning, making it crucial to have security measures in place to help prevent such occurrences from taking place. Most importantly, you must regularly check your windows and doors, especially the locks. These are the first line of defence to reduce the likelihood of theft.
Additionally, burglar alarms are useful tools and should be checked every few months to ensure they’re in working order or whether the batteries need replacing. If you haven’t got these installed, then we’d recommend doing so to increase the security of your home.
Alongside these factors, it’s also helpful to use your common sense. Keep your wits about you. Never keep keys or other possessions in view of your windows and doors – it’s better to be safe than sorry! When opening windows and doors in the hotter months, always keep valuables stored somewhere safe. Last but not least, always remember to lock your windows and doors when leaving the property.
Every year, each house should be checked in some vital areas that can make all the difference. Springtime is no different to winter; the weather can always take a turn. Let’s look at some of these spots.
Any severe cracks or holes must be addressed as soon as possible to ensure your building’s structural integrity is sound. This is especially needed after winter weather has played its part!
With rainfall comes leaks. With leaks comes damp. This can all be prevented if your roof and ceilings are checked frequently. A specialist must fix any damage to prevent further damage.
Of course, autumn and winter weather will see leaves fall from trees and rain fall heavier than at other times of the year. Blockages from leaves and other debris combined with standing water can cause leaks and damage to your home. Get your gutters cleared, and you’ll limit the chances of this damage happening.
Accompanying the last point, you can reduce the chances of leaves, branches and dirt getting into your gutters by trimming trees and bushes on your property. The further back they are, the easier it’ll be to clear your gutters.
If you have a shed or an external garage, you need to check the locks are secure. Much like with your doors and windows, these structures need to be kept safe from any potential events before they take place, especially if they store anything worth money, like tools, bikes, or cars.
As the grip of winter loosens, and the promise of spring beckons, it’s crucial to ready our homes for the inevitable arrival of springtime showers in the UK.
Checking seals around windows and doors, as well as repairing any cracks or gaps, can prevent water from seeping into our homes. By taking proactive measures to prepare our homes, we not only safeguard our property but also ensure a smooth transition into the vibrant season ahead.
All of this, along with the points listed earlier on in the guide can help to prevent relying on an insurance policy as your only line of defence. However, in the event you do need to fall back on your insurance, it’s important to assess your policy.
Of course, these preventative measures only work so much when you may need an insurance policy to step in. Making sure you have everything covered is essential. This is why you should have your insurance documents stored somewhere safe, like in your eDocuments.
Many places, such as Source, offer eDocs as a viable option for accessing your vital insurance information. This digital choice of document access allows you to view your insurance details anywhere, anytime. To find out more, take a look at our blog post on reading policy documents here.
Ultimately, if you need to change your policy to reflect any life changes, all you have to do is call us at 029 20 265 265 or visit the rest of our website and use our Livechat feature. Alternatively, stay up to date with us by following us on Facebook and Instagram.