The clocks went back last Sunday which means its officially Spring – at last! Whilst we wait for the daffs to bloom and the Easter bunny to appear, make sure you get your property #springready. Whether it’s your primary residence, investment property or holiday home, don’t fall foul of invalidating your property insurance. Taking a few precautions to get your home ready for spring will ensure minor problems don’t become disasters further down the road
Kick-start your spring cleaning by starting with your home’s windows. The ice from winter causes window sealant to crack, break or completely fall away. Before the spring showers begin rolling in, reseal the exterior of your windows with a high-quality polymer such as caulk, silicone or adhesive sealant tape.
If you have a traditional fireplace, you will need to seal off your chimney. Most people think closing the vent is sufficient for sealing the chimney, but this still enables the cool to escape. It also allows birds, insects and other creatures into your home. Not only will this help with the cost of your electricity, but it helps keep you from needing to file an insurance claim for damage resulting from an improperly sealed chimney.
In the spring, animals search for nesting areas. If you have unsealed accesses beneath your home, you could be left to deal with torn insulation, broken pipes and faulty wiring when animals begin looking for a place to call “home.” We advise you to check any exterior access that lead to your attic, as well any crawl-space beneath your home.
The last step in prepping your home for spring remains the most important: check your roof for any exterior damages. If you notice faulty shingles or other areas of concern, you need to consult a roofing company to have the issue repaired immediately. Any roof damage will quickly develop into a huge problem during a large spring rainstorm.
If you are concerned about your insurance cover, or if the winter has taken its toll on your property, give us a call to make sure you have the right level of cover. Communication is the key to not falling foul of invalid insurance, we are here to help.
Of course, it’s not all about the maintenance chores – there are many ways you can spruce up your home or rental property from the long winter to make the most of the longer brighter days ahead.
Clean outside light fittings and check all bulbs are in working order. If any need replacing, opt for energy efficient alternatives to reduce your electricity bill.
Give your home a little TLC. Clean or touch up paintwork, wipe down uPVC windowsills and doors, re-stain woodwork and replace door furniture to give your home’s exterior a fresh new look.
A pressure washer will perform miracles on paths and patios that need bringing back to life. You could also use this opportunity to repair or replace broken flagstones or paving.
Plant hanging baskets or tubs to the front of your house. This will brighten up your outside space and a well-placed floral tub or shrub can hide any unwanted features, like drain pipes or bins. Pruning overgrown shrubs can also spruce up a garden in an instant.
Clearing out any leaves and winter debris that could cause a blockage – with Spring comes April showers, and this small task can prevent any unwanted water damage.
After all your hard work you deserve that Easter Egg!