Winter Proofing Your Holiday Home

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By AdFeatures | Monday, December 03, 2012, 14:13

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Much like your regular home, you’ll want to keep your static caravan or holiday home secure and in perfect condition. Aside from taking out adequate insurance, we’ve listed some simple steps that you can take to prevent damage over the winter months. However, before you begin working your way through this checklist, double check what kind of maintenance services the site management offer. Operators like Haven provide a great package of care for caravans on their sites, which means that they do all the hard work so you don’t have to.

In the meantime:

Preparation:

  • Open all of the doors and windows to give your holiday home a good airing before locking it up for the winter. While they’re open, check, and give all the seals and locks a good clean.
  • Defrost and empty the fridge, unplug it and prop the door open to prevent any smells or mildew building up.
  • Remove all your foodstuffs; even dried foods can be attractive to mice. Tinned food can be left in cupboards, but to prevent cans leaving any rust rings, stand them on a sheet of paper.
  • Empty all of the internal bins.
  • Remove soft furnishings so that they can be cleaned and refreshed; if left behind they can become musty. If you choose to leave curtains up, keep them open and do the same with any cupboard or wardrobe doors; this shows potential thieves that breaking in is a waste of time.
  • Remove any electrical or expensive items that might attract thieves.

Maintenance and Security:

  • Place bowls of salt in each room – it may sound odd, but it will absorb moisture from the atmosphere and prevent damp from getting into your walls or carpets.
  • Don’t be tempted to close the air vents; they are there to ensure air is circulated and closing them will cause condensation to form inside.
  • Turn off the gas and electric at the mains so that you don’t run up any unnecessary bills.
  • Turn off the water at the stopcock and run the taps to make sure the pipes are empty; frozen pipes can burst and be costly to repair as can the damage to carpets or walls the water they’ve spilt can cause.
  • Pour a little anti-freeze in your toilet bowl and cistern, the chances are it won’t freeze over but it won’t hurt to be careful. Close the toilet lid.
  • Put a squirt of WD40 in each door and window lock. This will prevent any mechanisms seizing up and mean that you don’t have to wrestle for access when you return in the new year.
  • Leave internal doors ajar to allow air in your static caravan to circulate, and pull heavy items or furniture such as sofas and beds away from the walls a little.
  • Make sure any guttering is clear of leaves to allow rainwater to flow freely away from the roof.
  • Make sure any plants or weeds that grow around or underneath your van are removed to discourage wildlife and creepy crawlies from moving in for the winter.

Similarly, while holiday parks are quiet, this is a great time to upgrade your holiday home and check out other static caravans for sale, so think about how you’d like to start your 2013 holiday season and prepare your holiday home for it now.

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