Autumn is a great time to start thinking about the best ways to protect and maintain your home ahead of the upcoming winter season. The weather is just beginning to change, the nights are growing darker, and many of us have, by now, switched the central heating back on. Winter coats are certainly making an appearance, and the summer is a distant memory. A few home maintenance tips certainly won't go amiss with unpredictable weather and unexpected home disasters often lurking around the corner.
Preparing your home during the autumn may sound like something only residents in the coldest countries need to do but come the cold winter months you'll be glad you put the extra effort in. Repairs and replacements on kitchen appliances, plumbing and boilers can be expensive and time consuming, with plumbers and engineers often becoming over-booked. This can mean it's not always easy to get one when something goes wrong.
The YourRepair home plan has been designed to cover you against this eventuality. If you're caught unawares by boiler breakdowns, burst pipes, or kitchen appliance breakdowns, our plans can get you back up and running with minimal disruption. By purchasing a plan and by following these simple home maintenance tips, you can make sure your home and family are covered against any breakdown blunders this winter.
Cold weather is one of the biggest concerns over the winter. The prospect of freezing pipes, and concerns that your home is sealed and secure when the temperature drops are both important considerations for homeowners. To make sure your home is well protected and your winter running costs are kept as low as possible, it's worth dedicating some time to carrying out the following over the next few weeks:
Being prepared for all possibilities can make your life considerably easier when things do go wrong. To make sure you are as prepared as you can be, your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms should be checked and the batteries replaced. This is particularly important if you have a gas fired boiler.
Accidental fires must also be prepared for, so replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and make a check of any fire extinguishers you have. It is also advisable to invest in other fire safety equipment such as a fire blanket, to be kept in your kitchen where the worst hazards tend to be.
By following these easy home maintenance tips, you'll be well on your way to keeping your home warm this winter. You can also prepare for the winter by carrying out routine checks of all your kitchen appliances, particularly your oven, washing machine and dryer, which are the biggest causes of accidental home fires. Check your kitchen and appliances for any damaged or loose wires and see that they are repaired immediately by a professional. Attempting to mend electrical issues without the proper training can be equally as hazardous and result in further damage or injury.
YourRepair Home Plan offers cover for all major appliances within your home, including many kitchen appliances and boilers. Our boiler cover includes an annual boiler service, unlimited electrical repairs and free replacements on boilers and home appliances under seven years old that we are unable to repair. We have a variety of plans to suit any budget, starting from as little as £2.35 per month, so it's well worth browsing our plans to see what suits you.
With unlimited claims and call outs, and no hidden extra costs, our home care cover plans have been rated 5* by 97% of customers.
For more information, call us on 0330 223 4422. Our trained advisors can discuss your cover requirements to determine the best home care plan for you. Contact us today so we can help you stay prepared this winter.