Take heed of your property’s flood risk warning

24 February 2014

With the welcome arrival of spring, most of us will be looking forward to some improved weather conditions.
 
However, as we live in a country notorious for its erratic and often wet weather, and with the increase in floods in Britain over the last 10 years, it’s becoming more important than ever for home owners to look at the flood risks that properties might be prone to. Many ignore the flood warnings that their solicitors find when carrying out searches on their property. 
Even fewer potential buyers do their own research to uncover whether their potential property is in a flood zone, despite this only taking a few clicks on the Environment Agency website. 
In Britain’s capricious weather conditions, these warnings need to be taken much more seriously. Flood damage to homes can cost thousands of pounds in repairs and can take up to a year to complete.
 
When considering buying a property which is located in a flood zone, buyers should contact insurance companies to find out if their premiums will be significantly higher due to potential flooding or if their home will be covered at all. They should also factor in the cost of making alterations to the home in order to safeguard it from flooding.

With the welcome arrival of spring, most of us will be looking forward to some improved weather conditions.

However, as we live in a country notorious for its erratic and often wet weather, and with the increase in floods in Britain over the last 10 years, it’s becoming more important than ever for home owners to look at the flood risks that properties might be prone to. Many ignore the flood warnings that their solicitors find when carrying out searches on their property.

Even fewer potential buyers do their own research to uncover whether their potential property is in a flood zone, despite this only taking a few clicks on the Environment Agency website.

In Britain’s capricious weather conditions, these warnings need to be taken much more seriously. Flood damage to homes can cost thousands of pounds in repairs and can take up to a year to complete.

When considering buying a property which is located in a flood zone, buyers should contact insurance companies to find out if their premiums will be significantly higher due to potential flooding or if their home will be covered at all. They should also factor in the cost of making alterations to the home in order to safeguard it from flooding.

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