As we now enter the winter months and the cooler weather has well and truly started, it is a timely reminder to prepare your property! Below are some tips on what you should be having checked and maintained in preparation. Spending the time and money now, can save you down the track.
1) Check and Clean the Gutters
Gutters can quickly fill with debris, especially over the Summer and Autumn season. Team that up with heavy downpour and you have a real risk of flooding, internal water leaks and general damage.
2) Service the Heating Systems
Now is the time to have your heating systems serviced, as this will ensure it runs efficiently which will reduce the need for costly repairs and increase the life of your system. Now is also the time to clean out the fireplace or combustion heater, including the chimney and flue.
3) Ensure your Smoke Alarms are Compliant
During winter, people generally use a greater amount of electrical appliances, including heaters, clothes dryers, electric blankets etc. It is therefore extremely important to ensure that all of your smoke alarms are working properly. Regular testing of smoke alarms and changing of the batteries (if necessary) is prudent to the compliance of your smoke alarm.
4) Ensure that you have adequate insurance –
A study conducted by Quantam Market Research found that in Australia, 1 in 10 Australian homes are underinsured.
Some are also caught out by what is and isn’t covered in a standard insurance policy. For example, water damage is often separate to damage caused by flooding, and flooding isn’t always mandatorily covered in a standard policy, so make sure you ask!
Make sure your home and contents insurance is up-to-date, covers all extreme weather events relevant to our climate, and is based on a recent valuation of your property.
Once you have completed the above tasks and know that your home is now prepared for Winter, you can rug up, relax, and make the most of this beautiful time of year in our region.