Landlord Maintenance Insurance: Top Tips for Lowering Your premiums

Commercial Property Landlord Insurance

Every winter, the cold, wet and stormy British weather makes it crucial for landlords to take proactive steps to ensure their properties remain safe and secure through the coldest months. Flooding alone is estimated to cost the UK insurance industry over £1.5 billion a year, making landlord insurance for flood risk areas indispensable.

Here at KGJ Insurance, not only can we help you find the perfect landlord maintenance insurance package, but we’ve also put together this blog full of landlord insurance tips aimed at helping you protect your investments and bring down your insurance premiums by demonstrating a ‘prevention before cure’ attitude.

 

KGJ’s Expertise in Property Protection

 

With over fifty years of experience in commercial property insurance, KGJ has a long-standing reputation for offering bespoke solutions and insightful advice on property protection. As an independent broker, we pride ourselves on offering unbiased guidance that aligns with your needs.

Our understanding of the challenges faced in winter, combined with our extensive knowledge of insurance solutions, ensures you receive industry-leading advice and peace of mind when seeking your cover with us. On top of robust, bespoke landlord maintenance insurance, here are eight extra tips to help you protect your properties this winter and maybe even lower your insurance premiums.

 

1. Winter Maintenance Checks

 

As winter approaches, perform a comprehensive property inspection. Focus on critical areas such as the roof, tiles and flashing, ensure guttering is clear and secure, inspect brickwork for any cracks and check that doors and windows are properly sealed. Ensure drainage systems are clear.

 

2. Adverse Weather Preparation

 

Adverse weather conditions can swell up with little time to prepare, so anticipate the extremes in advance. In areas prone to heavy snowfall, consider reinforcing the roof structure. If you have issues with dampness, a dehumidifier can help as an accumulation of moisture over time can turn a small issue into a significant repair. In flood-risk zones, invest in sandbags and waterproofing measures. If your property is exposed to high winds, secure outdoor objects and reinforce windows.

 

3. Frozen and Burst Pipe Avoidance

 

Ensure all piping, especially in unheated areas, is well insulated. Tenants should also maintain a consistent, moderate temperature within the property, especially during severe cold spells. As always, the most cost-effective solution is taking preventative measures before a problem grows.

 

4. Extra Boiler Maintenance

 

It’s a legal requirement for UK landlords to schedule an annual gas safety inspection to guarantee safety on appliances like boilers, but extra voluntary servicing could be a good move too, particularly on ageing boilers, as it can prevent sudden pipe and heating issues during the colder months.

 

5. Good Communication with Occupants

Set up straightforward procedures for reporting any property issues, and ensure occupants know who to contact in emergencies such as boiler breakdowns or roof leaks. Proactively inform them about their role in winter property care, including the importance of timely reporting.

 

6. Security Measures

Burglaries are more common in colder months, so consider installing motion-activated lights, CCTV and a robust security alarm. It’s also essential to ensure all doors and windows are equipped with strong, reliable locks. If your building will be lying empty, it can be specially insured as such.

 

7. Insurance Check

 

Ensure your landlord maintenance insurance comprehensively covers winter-specific incidents. KGJ can assist in evaluating your current coverage and suggest necessary amendments or additional protection, ensuring that your property-related financial interests are safeguarded through the colder months.

 

8. Create an Emergency Plan

Of all our landlord insurance tips, this is the easiest and cheapest to implement and can have such a positive impact on timely issue resolution. Creating an emergency plan not only ensures safety but also helps minimise property damage and associated costs. A well-prepared emergency plan is essential and should include clear instructions to the occupants for handling common winter emergencies like power outages, heavy snowfall and water leaks. Provide a comprehensive list of emergency contacts, including plumbers, electricians and your property management details.

 

 

Landlord Maintenance Insurance: We’re Here to Help

At KGJ we’re committed to ensuring landlords have all the tools and knowledge they need to protect their properties. Our decades of experience in bespoke insurance solutions mean we’re well-equipped to help you protect your property not only for winter but all year round.

If you have any questions or need further assistance with your landlord insurance, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact us on 01384 390909 or send us an email at enquiries@kgjinsurance.com for personalised assistance and independent advice.

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