How to maintain an unoccupied property during the winter months

Leaving a house empty during winter can leave you feeling anxious, but check these five things and you can be more confident that your property will be prepared for anything winter can throw at it.

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Turn off the water

To stop water from freezing and bursting your pipes, turn off the water at the mains. Next, drain all the water already in the system by turning on the taps and waiting for them to run dry. Make sure you also drain the toilets, washing machine and dishwasher.

Clear out bottled water

Any water inside your property can freeze, so take out any bottled water or water in vases, and remove any liquids that might be at risk of freezing, such as beer or paint.

To help you keep track of what’s in your home and needs to be moved out in winter, property inventory software from a supplier such as inventorybase.comcould help. Such offerings can help you complete regular checks of your property quickly, as you’ll be able to see what should be in the property and its state at your last visit, so you can understand whether anything is deteriorating because of the weather.

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Set the thermostat

Keep a low level of heat in your property to stop anything from freezing inside and keep it feeling dry. Make sure your boiler is serviced, then turn the thermostat to a low number. Check the heating regularly to make sure it is still working to keep your home comfortable.

Background heat should help prevent problems from condensation forming on cold surfaces such as your windows, walls and ceilings. Improving insulation and installing draught proofing can also help cut condensation.

Check the roof

The Residential Landlords Association says that keeping gutters clear and ensuring your roof is intact is an important way to stop your unoccupied property suffering water damage in winter. Look out for slipped tiles and get them fixed promptly. Remove any possible sources of problems, such as trees falling on your roof, by trimming them back before winter.

Sort out your insurance

To top it all off, make sure you have unoccupied home insurance so that if anything does go wrong, you can afford to make repairs quickly before any more damage is done.