If you’re looking for a new home, you’d be wise to check whether the property is in a flood risk area or you could find yourself caught out terribly during the winter months.
New research from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has found that fewer than one in three people actually do some research to find out whether the property they’re interested in could be affected by floods, with house buyers more likely to check how easy it is to park and what the council tax costs are first.
Given that one in six houses across England and Wales are actually at risk of flooding from surface water, the sea or rivers, it would perhaps be very wise indeed to see what the chances of a flood are before you exchange contracts and sort out house removals in Bristol or elsewhere. You certainly don’t want any nasty surprises after you’ve moved in!
“Flooding is a growing threat that as a nation we have to adapt to living with. As the floods of last winter reminded us, being flooded is horribly traumatic and can leave people out of their home or business for months. Anyone whose property is at flood risk needs to be aware of that so they can take steps to protect themselves,” director of general insurance policy at the ABI James Dalton said.
New research from the Local Government Association has just this month (October 1st) found that more than 15,000 homes and businesses in the UK were flooded in just eight areas last year – so if you live in Leeds, Calderdale, Lancashire, north Yorkshire, York, Northumberland or Kirklees, you’d be wise to be on your guard.