It is impossible to accurately predict the weather, but you can always predict that at this time of year your property needs a little more care and attention than usual. However, there are some routine items which if carried out in good time could help to minimize problems, whether the weather is just wet and windy or freezing.

1. Firstly, always check your rainwater goods are maintained. Clear out guttering and repair leaking joints or replace guttering if necessary. Also check down pipes are running freely and gulleys are clear.

2. Ensure that your central heating boiler or other form of heating has been serviced and is working correctly and efficiently. No one wants a nasty surprise in the middle of a cold spell. Plumbers and Gas Engineers are extra busy at this time of year, so that even minor works can take longer than usual to fix.

4. Be neighborly. If you notice problems with adjoining or neighboring properties, let your neighbors know as these may otherwise affect you.

5. Check doors and windows open and close securely and are water tight. Vacant properties require special attention.

6. Ensure you carry out regular internal inspections, particularly during periods of bad weather. If the property is vacant for, say, more than a month it may be necessary to advise your insurers, rather than find they will not honor a claim because they had not been fore-warned.

7. It is essential to turn off the water supply to any vacant property to avoid frost damage to pipework.

8. Check your post. It is essential to be aware of the position with the service providers and utility companies. They may continue to send letters, statements and bills to the empty property which are not collected. The result can be a dis-connected service and a headache trying to re-instate this when it is needed.

9. Be aware of the Legionella advice under new legislation. Run all taps and showers for at least two minutes, including outside taps. It is a good idea to change shower heads.

10. If in doubt, call in the experts. 

If you would like to discuss any point raised above or any other property related matter, then please contact Harcourts on 023 8063 7438, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or check our website at www.harcourts-property.co.uk for initial free advice. Our experience and continued professional development in the property market means that we can provide practical advice and a service which means your property is in safe hands.


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