• Clear any leaves covering drains.
  • Check gutters are not blocked with leaves, bird nests or grit from roof tiles. Clear any blockages.
  • Secure or replace any loose roof tiles.
  • Use Secateurs and Pruners to prune and cut back nearby trees and bushes to reduce the risk of falling branches and leaves blocking drains.
  • Repair gates and fences to protect against damage from storms.
  • Check your damp course is free. Clear away any debris or piles of leaves that may bridge your damp course.
  • Check the timer on your central heating is working properly.
  • Fit lagging to your pipes, tanks, cisterns and outdoor taps to prevent freezing.
  • Make sure your loft insulation is thick enough and in good condition.
  • Check and fix any dripping taps.
  • Make sure you known where your main stop cock is, so you can shut off the water supply if there is a flood.
  • Locate your fuse box and ensure you have spare fuses.
  • Make sure you know how to switch off the mains supply if necessary.
  • Keep a torch and batteries in an easily accessible place.
  • When cleaning the house before visitors come look up at the ceiling and coving to clear any cobwebs.

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