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Not only are they fed up with freezing temperatures and lack of sunshine, homeowners and would-be buyers are worried about the impact of any flooding on their properties.
Many are already unknowingly living in a high flood risk area which significantly increases their chances of unexpected and costly damage to their properties, a survey by insurer Policy Expert found.
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Of the 5,443 people asked, 44 per cent did not know whether they lived in a flood risk area.
This is despite 95 per cent saying that they would never consider buying a home if they knew it was on a floodplain.
Survey data showed 44 per cent of people didn't know whether they lived in a flood risk area
Floods can have a devastating impact and are happening more often than ever.
Adam Powell, Policy Expert
Half of homeowners would think to clear gutters, drains and downspouts, and move electrical equipment high above ground level if a flood was imminent.
Additionally 85 per cent would know to seek out and place important documents upstairs.
A further 84 per cent would buy a supply of sandbags and plastic sheeting to protect their home if a flood warning was issued.
19 per cent of of homeowners claimed they didn't know how to protect their home from weather damage
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But 19 per cent admitted they would not know what steps to take to protect their home if heavy rains and storms hit – further increasing the potential scale of damage.
Adam Powell, of Policy Expert, said: “Floods can have a devastating impact and are happening more often than ever, all over the country. For that reason, it is vital homeowners are aware they could be at risk and have appropriate precautions in place.
Experts suggest homeowners should consider flood risks and insurance when buying
“It’s also sensible to check you have the correct level of insurance. While most standard home insurance policies cover you for flooding, nearly all insurers expect you to know if your address or your neighbours’ has flooded in the past.
“A good place to find this information is on the Environment Agency website. Its interactive postcode search tool will allow you to see how susceptible where you live is to flood, and how severe the risk is.
“However, what’s most important is being prepared. Being vigilant and taking precautionary steps before and after a potential flood can go a long way to mitigate the long lasting and costly damage it can cause.”
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