Opening Your Cottage This Spring
It's officially June which means it’s that time of the year that you pack up for a weekend get-a-way up to the cottage for some R&R (if you haven't already). However, after a long winter away from the cottage, you may be a bit nervous to what you might expect to see. Here are a few tips to help make opening the cottage a breeze.
Before you go:
- Make sure you have all current insurance documents for your cottage, boat, trailer and other.
- Contact your hydro and phone companies to have all of your services turned on.
- Prepare a contact list for your insurance, hydro, and water companies.
- Pack extra, food, clothes, batteries, safety kit, tools and cleaning supplies.
- Check the weather- be prepared for what mother nature may bring.
When you arrive:
- Do an overall inspection of the outdoor property this includes:
- Power lines
- Phone Lines
- Chimney Stack
- Under the cottage – posts, pads, beams
- Do an overall inspection inside your cottage this includes:
- Cupboards, closets, dressers for mice and other small animals
- The ceiling and walls for water leaks
- Outlets, switches and power cords
- Plumbing and waterlines
- Indoor fireplace or heater
- All kitchen appliances (fridge, freezer, oven, dishwasher and other small appliances)
- Inspect fire extinguisher
- Inspect fire and smoke alarms
- Inspect carbon monoxide detectors
- Insure first aid kit and supplies are stocked and up to date (bandages, medication, bugs spray, sunscreen, etc.)
Sit back relax and enjoy!
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