Free guide for vacant property owners: protect against winter with the VPS Cold Weather Plan

"Follow this guide, it could save you thousands"

VPS, the UK’s leading vacant property specialist, has issued a timely guide to help landlords and owners of both vacant commercial properties and empty homes plan for the winter ahead.

“Damage caused by winter weather can cost thousands to repair.” Warns Anthony Owen, Managing Director of VPS. “Flooding from a burst pipe in an unattended property can go unnoticed for days, and the repair to a roof which has collapsed from heavy snow can run into five figures quite easily. These costs can often be claimed from an insurance policy, but not all claims will be met if a property has not been maintained properly.”

The ‘VPS Cold Weather Plan’ white paper has extracted the expertise of VPS’ very own property inspectors and site risk assessors – who make over 100,000 visits to properties annually – to distil their knowledge and pass it on to owners, landlords, facilities and estate managers.

“Although the UK and Northern Ireland have had relatively mild winters in the recent past, last year many parts of England experienced 63 days of air frost or more” explains Mr Owen. “In addition, the year before was the second wettest year on record.”

The VPS Cold Weather Plan outlines cases where the lack of adequate property maintenance has meant a failure in compliance with the insurance terms for a vacant property, leaving owners thousands of pounds out of pocket.

“I urge you to follow this guide, it’s free from the VPS website, and it could save you thousands.” Mr Owen concludes.

Contact Graham Sievers for more information

44(0)77 222 82 946 Mobile phone

graham.sievers@perfectlypicked.com

About the VPS Group:

VPS partner the largest insurance companies and site asset managers in the country, providing initial risk assessment, security, guarding, monitoring, clearing, cleaning, maintenance and preparation.  These services protect properties against unauthorised access and a variety of hazards such as arson, theft, squatting and unauthorised occupation. 

Technology:

In May, the VPS SmartTower CCTV was selected for the U.S. Government Security Platinum Award for Perimeter Security, alongside technology giants Samsung, Honeywell Security and BlackBerry.

In June, VPS launched Inspection IQ, an app that will allow totally traceable inspections for landlords, site owners and facilities managers. It has just been selected as one of Tomorrow's FM Top 50 products 2015.

At any one time, VPS secure more than 50,000 properties and sites, and employ over 1600 staff in locations across the UK and mainland Europe. They specialise in securing, maintaining and managing vacant property across a wide range of customer and industry sectors.

VPS secure more than 50,000 properties and employ over 1600 staff in locations across the UK, and mainland Europe. They specialise in securing, maintaining and managing vacant property across a wide range of customer and industry sectors.

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VPS secure more than 50,000 properties and employ over 1600 staff in locations across the UK and mainland Europe. They specialise in securing, maintaining and managing vacant property across a wide range of customer and industry sectors. Core building services cover the vacant, unoccupied and void property lifecycle from an initial risk assessment, to security, including guarding, monitoring, clearing, cleaning, maintenance and preparation. These services protect properties against unauthorised access and a variety of hazards such as arson, theft, squatting and unauthorised occupation. www.vpspecialists.co.uk/

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Mild winters a re a bit of a myth - there 63 days of air frost last year in England, when the temperature falls below zero. 2012 was the second wettest year on record.
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Flooding from a burst pipe in an unattended property can go unnoticed for days, and the repair to a roof which has collapsed from heavy snow can run into five figures quite easily.
Anthony Owen