Winter in Australia can bring its own set of challenges when it comes to unpredictable weather. While the cooler months can mean severe storms are less frequent and less severe, they do still occur. There are some simple seasonal tasks that can help protect your home and business and avoid potential insurance claims. Here are some practical tips from the AIB Claims team to prepare for winter and safeguard your property during the colder months.

1. Inspect and Maintain Your Roof

Your roof is your first line of defence against winter weather. Regularly check for damaged or missing tiles, shingles or metal sheets. Ensure gutters and downpipes are clear of debris to prevent water buildup and leaks. It’s also wise to inspect attic insulation to avoid heat loss and condensation issues.

2. Service Heating Systems

Properly maintained heating systems are crucial for keeping your home or business warm and safe. Schedule regular maintenance for your heaters and chimneys to ensure they are working efficiently and safely. This also helps in preventing potential fire hazards caused by faulty heating equipment.

3. Secure Fences, Windows and Doors

Strong winds can cause significant damage to fences, windows and doors. Now is a great time to inspect them and ensure they are in good condition and properly sealed. Install storm shutters or use protective films to reduce the risk of glass breakage. Regularly check for any drafts and fix them to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.

4. Trim Trees and Remove Debris

Overgrown trees and loose branches can pose a significant threat during winter storms. Trim trees and remove any dead or weak branches that could fall and cause damage. Clear your yard of loose items that could become projectiles in strong winds, reducing the risk of damage to your property and surrounding areas.

5. Check Your Insurance Coverage

Review your home and business insurance policies to ensure you have adequate coverage for winter-related incidents. Understand what is covered under your policy and consider adding additional coverage if necessary. Knowing your coverage limits can provide peace of mind and help you prepare for potential claims.

6. Emergency Preparedness Plan

Create an emergency preparedness plan for your home or business. This should include emergency contact numbers, evacuation routes and a checklist of essential items. Ensure all family members or employees are familiar with the plan and conduct regular drills to stay prepared.

By taking these preventive measures, you can protect your home and business from potential winter damage and reduce the likelihood of insurance claims. At AIB, we’re here to help you stay safe and secure throughout the winter months. If you have any questions about your coverage or need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.

For more information and personalised advice, contact the AIB team for a quote or call us at 07 5409 4600