Autumn and Winter storms. How to prepare your home for gale force winds

News at Waterfords | 01/11/2023

Waterfords, trusted estate agent in Camberley, Chobham, Fleet and Yateley, share their top tips with homeowners and tenants on how to safeguard their property from damage as we seem to be experiencing a bumper season for storms in Britain this autumn!


Check your property and its immediate surroundings for obvious and preventable risks. 

This could include, but is not limited to large, overgrown branches, loose fence panels and fixtures and fittings. These things might seem harmless when the sun is shining, but add wind gusts of over 40mph to the recipe and they could pose harm to your property.


Keep your property well sealed externally

During high winds wind speed can vary greatly and place pressure on all elements of a building. Homeowners should ensure windows are fully closed to prevent them catching in the wind and blowing open, and inspect cracks near doors etc, covering them up where necessary.


Don’t forget the roof

The roof is without doubt the most exposed part of the home when it comes to high winds. Inspect the roof safely from the ground and if you spot any loose tiles or sagging material, ensure that you keep your distance from the area below until the winds have died down. A specialist should then be called before another winter storm hits. Our property management team can recommend trusted local contractors who can come and take a look.

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s a trampoline…

All sorts of weird objects can be picked up by high winds and turned into a dangerous missile in seconds. Avoid the foreseeable by ensuring all garden furniture, barbeques, toys and anything else you can think of is stored away in a shed or weighed down substantially – especially those trampolines!

Secure your fence
Make sure fence panels are fixed in place and garden gates are in good condition. You don’t want panels flying away or gates swinging wildly in the wind as they could cause injury or further damage to property.


Don’t forget about your car

Trim back any suspect trees near where you park and make sure your car is parked out of the way of these. If you are lucky enough to have a garage, use it so your car is one less thing to worry about.


Get cosy and enjoy the view

If you have followed the above advice, then it’s time to cosy up and do some storm watching from the comfort of your safe and secure home!


More Property Tips From Waterfords

For more local property tips, updates and a more detailed overview of the property market in Camberley, Chobham, Fleet or Yateley, get in touch with Waterfords. We are your trusted local estate agent and would be delighted to answer any questions.


Contact Waterfords Estate Agents:

Camberley: 01276 66566

Chobham: 01276 858589

Fleet: 01252 623333

Yateley: 01252 870222

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