Checking roofing tiles for damage is one precautionary measure homeowners should take to ensure their property is in good condition prior to the Christmas season.
Editor of Build It magazine Anna-Marie DeSouza explained many potential problems should be addressed ahead of the festive period and advised people to replace any roof tiles that are found to be broken.
Gutters should also be cleared of debris such as leaves of moss to reduce the risk of any blockages occurring, she suggested, adding exterior window sills ought to also be examined and repaired or replaced if found to be rotten.
Having the chimney checked and cleaned by a professional sweep is important for those who own a property featuring an open fire, Ms DeSouza concluded.
Following these precautionary measures may help prevent homeowners from having to make a claim on their home insurance, something that, according to research from M&S Money, has become more commonplace in recent years.
The data revealed a 200 per cent increase over the last three years in the number of claims submitted relating to damage caused by winter weather.