Essential investments to make now to protect your home this winter

As a homeowner, it’s natural that you want your home to look good and stay in great condition – after all, it’s an investment and you need to protect it. Protection is important – you insure your home, lock it when you leave and maybe even have a burglar alarm installed. But what else can you do to protect your home, especially in winter which is when most things tend to go wrong due to the harsher weather? Here are the essential investments to make now to protect your home this winter.

Get your boiler serviced

Reduce the risk of being left without heating or hot water by having your boiler serviced and in good working condition for the cold months ahead. If we get a period of heavy snow and ice, you will need your heating on all day to prevent the pipes from freezing and causing havoc in your home, so make sure your boiler (which is the most prized piece of equipment in your home over the winter) is working efficiently and safe to use.

Order home heating oil

Protect your home from mould, mildew and damp by having the thermostat set at the correct temperature and the heating turned on every day. Order home heating oil now from for a great price and a convenient delivery date, in order to protect your home from the cold weather this season.

Lag exposed pipes

Water is often the cause of so much heartbreak over the winter, due to pipes freezing and bursting and causing all sorts of damage to homes. Invest in lagging material now and protect your home this winter by insulating your pipes wherever they are exposed. This will help reduce the risk of them freezing in the cold weather.

Fix leaks

Dripping taps, both inside and outside the house, need to be addressed ASAP, as water damage is expensive to repair and if there are taps dripping constantly it’s also a waste of water. Drips are only likely to get worse over time, so catch them early to prevent any long-term disruption (and added expense).

Clean gutters

Leaves, moss and other debris can fill up your gutters, especially in the autumn so now is the ideal time to clean your gutters out to protect your home this winter by having clean gutters for water to run freely through. Otherwise, you could be faced with wall and ceiling damage inside your home as the water will seep through here if it has nowhere else to go.

Check roof tiles are intact

Stormy weather can break or dislodge roof tiles which can be a disaster for your home. After any stormy spells, make sure you check your roof thoroughly and arrange for the tiles to be fixed or replaced as soon as possible.

Do some essential garden maintenance

Time to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into the garden chores. In the autumn, you need to rake in the leaves over your grass, cut back any overhanging branches which could cause damage to roofs or windows, and keep pathways clear for ease of access to your home without the risk of slipping.

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