Top tips for tenants at Christmas
Mulled wine, presents and… burst pipes? Christmas is a time for celebration, but there are also a number of things you need to keep in mind to avoid any unexpected challenges over the festive period.
If you’re leaving your property over the Christmas period…
- Security is key – the festive period is a prime time for thieves. Ensure all doors and windows are locked to prevent easy access into your property. It’s also a good idea to not announce on social media that you’re going away for weeks and your home will be empty.
- Unplug electrical appliances – not only will this save you money, you’ll avoid fire risks by unplugging small electrical appliances, such as Christmas lights. You don’t need to worry about unplugging large appliances such as your fridge freezer.
- Turn your water off – by turning off the water supply at the main stop cock you’re minimising the risk of any potential leaks or burst pipes.
Leave the heating on low to avoid burst pipes
When the temperature drops to freezing, pipes can expand and contract resulting in problems - such as slow leaks - likely to get worse or for the water to freeze and pipes to burst. Leaving the heating on a constant low temperature (at least 13 degrees Celsius) means the water will remain at a constant temperature as it flows through the pipes.
Check your smoke alarm
Everything should be in working order, but it’s always a wise idea to double check. Not only will this ensure your safety, but might also save your Christmas dinner!
Check you’ve got emergency numbers
Find out the contact details of who you need to contact in case of an emergency such as losing your keys or a broken boiler. Your landlord or letting agent should be able to supply this to you.
Be careful with fires and candles
Christmas is a time of year when we all like to create a cosy atmosphere. Make sure that candles and fires aren’t left unattended – even if you’re just spending a couple of hours in another room, it’s better to be safe.
Consider your insurance needs
As much as you prepare, things can always happen that are out of your control. Whether it’s guests spilling mulled wine on your carpet or the unfortunate event of thieves breaking into your property, by ensuring that you’ve got adequate insurance you can remove the worry, should the unexpected happen. As a tenant, you may want to consider Tenants Liability Insurance, which covers you against accidental damage to the furniture, fixtures and fittings in your home that are provided by your landlord.
During the festive period it's likely that the value of the possession you own could go up (if you're on Santa's 'Good List' that is) so you may want to consider Tenants Contents Insurance, which also provides cover for the possessions that you own. If you already have insurance in place and do receive any high valued items, you may want to check whether your insurance automatically provides cover for the item. If you do need any help or have any questions you can call our tenants insurance team on 0800 035 8258