Tradesmen could help with winter property audit

Homeowners have been advised to carry out a winter audit on their property – something specialist tradesmen may be able to help with.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has urged people to consider the state of their home as the cold and wet weather sets in.

It suggested there is plenty of potential for damage to be caused, so putting a building in with the best chance of beating the conditions is a worthwhile move.

Property owners are unlikely to realise the extent of damage until snow and ice melts away, so getting it right before it arrives is to be recommended.

Keith Denholm, Allied Surveyors Scotland and Rics Scotland Residential Property Professional Group chair, said: “Think roof, walls, floors, windows and doors. These need to be improved and repaired by sealing and insulating better where possible, ready for further freezing weather conditions.” this week revealed Apple iPhones and iPads are the most wanted items among burglars, perhaps making an investment in home security a worthwhile option.

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