Age UK urges Hertfordshire residents to consider home checks before clocks go back
PUBLISHED: 10:06 25 October 2016
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As the clock change approaches, charity Age UK Hertfordshire is urging residents to ensure their homes are prepared for winter.
The clocks are changing on Sunday, October 30, marking the end of British Summer Time and the beginnings of darker evenings and colder weather.
Home maintenance is a requirement of most home insurance policies for any claims against weather damage to be valid. Age UK therefore encourages homeowners to check the exterior and interior of their homes are ‘winter-proof’.
The charity recommends making a checklist of DIY jobs and, if necessary, booking a tradesperson to tackle the more complicated jobs sooner rather than later, when emergency call outs may be more expensive.
Residents are advised to check pipes, windows, roofs and gutters, as well as getting the boiler serviced, around this time of year to save time and money in the months ahead.
Wendy Ronan, of Age UK Hertfordshire, said: “Preparation is essential when it comes to protecting your home and reducing the chance of having to fork out for urgent call outs when the weather gets even colder, which can prove expensive.
“There are a number of worthwhile checks homeowners could think about in advance of the winter months which could save them time and money in the long run.
“It’s also worth digging out your insurance policy terms and conditions and checking you are covered for incidents such as storm damage and burst pipes in advance of winter.”
Alongside checking the small print of your building and contents cover, Age UK offers the following tips:
* Roof tiles – Get a recommended tradesperson to take a look at the roof to check all the tiles are properly secured and everything is sealed correctly.
* Guttering – Now is a good time to check that the guttering is clear. Ensure any leaves or obstructions that have the potential to cause a blockage when the weather gets worse are removed, and pay special attention to the ends of the guttering or any junctions.
* Boiler – It’s important to get your boiler serviced regularly by a registered professional and while they are with you ask them to check that the radiators are all in good working order too.
* Insulation – To keep your home warm over the winter it’s vital to have the appropriate insulation for the loft and cavity walls. Efficient double glazing can also help keep more heat in the home. It’s worth speaking to your energy provider to ask if you might qualify for free energy saving home improvements.
For further information about Age UK Home Insurance, call 01923 252947 or visit Age UK Hertfordshire, 122 Exchange Road, Watford, Herts, WD18 0PL.