By their very nature, home emergencies strike when we least expect them. From a boiler failure to a leaking roof, and from a power shortage to a plumbing emergency, the art of sound home owning is all in being prepared for when these inevitable minor disasters strike. So have your plan prepared by following the steps below – you’ll be really glad you did when something goes wrong at the least convenient moment.
Look for a home emergency cover.
It can seem like an additional expense that many see as optional, but when something goes wrong, you’ll be glad if you’ve got home emergency insurance. It gives you a lot of extra peace of mind for a relatively small cost and is especially worth considering if you live in an older property. If you need an immediate repair, instead of worrying about the unexpected expense, you’ll be able to sit back and have it taken care of – which is especially reassuring in the winter months, when everything is more expensive. Make sure you choose a policy that covers boiler failure, drain blockage, and repairs to the roof. Comparing prices online makes it easy to see what cover you’re getting for your payment, and lots of monthly-fee bank accounts come with home emergency cover included, so this can be a smart way of doing it.
Know your local suppliers
If you don’t want to go for insurance, it can be a good idea to get to know your local suppliers. Plumbing Services, Roofing Companies, and others often advertise in the local papers or magazines and are well known by word of mouth – they will want it to stay this way, so are likely to do a good job and be more flexible if they’re only round the corner. So make sure you keep it local when you need a tradesperson, and make sure to take the advice of your neighbors as to companies they’ve used in the past. Knowing a reliable, local business is the key to getting household issues resolved smoothly.
Keep an emergency kit handy.
You are genuinely winning at ‘adulting’ when your house has an emergency kit! In times of sudden emergency, it pays to have supplies organized into one, easy-to-reach place, like a plastic storage crate kept under the kitchen sink. It should contain things like a battery-powered LED torch (with spare batteries), a wrench or 4 in 1 tool for power suit offs, a list of useful emergency contact numbers (your mobile phone battery will always die at the worst moment!), some candles, and a lighter or matches and even an emergency foil blanket or two in case your heating system goes down.
If you’re planning to make significant investments or renovations to your home, it always pays to be prepared in case the basics fail. A little time and money invested upfront will pay off in the long run, and you can sleep soundly at night knowing you are covered in case of any unexpected events!