Check your boiler
The last thing you want is your boiler breaking down in the middle of a cold snap, heavy snowstorm or on Christmas Eve. If it hasn’t been checked in a while, arrange for a professional servicing for some peace of mind.
Where’s your stopcock?
Make sure you know where your stopcock – the device that manages the water supply to your property – is in case you suffer a burst pipe and have water leaking all over the house. The stopcock is usually in the kitchen underneath the sink. Here are 2 ways you can prevent burst pipes:
- Insulate your pipes
- Run your heating regularly to keep things ticking over
Think about insulation
Insulating your home can help you save money over winter – and throughout the year. If you don’t have loft and wall insulation, you may want to consider having the work done. Consumer champion Which? estimates that loft insulation could wipe up to £250 each year off your heating energy bills.
Check your insurance policy
Ensure your home insurance policy is up-to-date. Does your policy cover you for winter damage? Make sure you know what’s covered and consider an insurance add-on if you need it.