Opening Your Cottage This Spring

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Opening Your Cottage This Spring

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 
  • Trees 
  • Roof 
  • Chimney Stack 
  • Deck 
  • Dock 
  • Siding 
  • Windows 
  • Screens 
  • 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) 

Safety: 

  • 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! 

For further information: http://www.cottagetips.com/tips/cottage-opening-tips/ 

 

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