It can be very easy to overlook or miss an important detail of cottage opening...or even not know where to start. I've created a handy checklist designed to help you.
Even if you don't close your cottage for the winter or if you are a local home owner, these tips will help you get your property ready for spring and summer up here in the beautiful Highlands.
Are you ready? Here we go...
- Do a walk- around visual inspection of your cottage – inside and out
- Visually inspect the power lines leading to your cottage & report any
damage to your local utility - have it repaired before activating your
- Take down any shutters and boards that may be on windows & doors
- Install any screens that were removed – patch any holes you find...
BEFORE THE BUGS FIND THEM!!
- Check your roof for any missing/loose shingles or any spots that
- Clean out your eavestroughs of winter debris and check for damage
- Check your wiring for damage from rodents – replace if needed
- If your cottage uses propane – check the tank, main supply line and
secondary supply lines
- Reconnect your water pipes, prime your pump and start it
- Re-fill your hot water tank – BEFORE you turn on the element!!
- If you used anti-freeze in your water lines, run water and flush toilets
before use to flush it all out – if you have an automatic ice-maker in
your freezer, throw out the first few batches of ice
- Check your foundation for any shifting
- Check your appliances for animal/rodent damage and nests before
turning them on
- Check any rodent traps you may have placed and put them away
if you have kids or pets
- Test your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors – if battery
operated – CHANGE THE BATTERIES!!
- Check the expiry date on your fire extinguisher – replace it if needed.
Get one if you don’t have one
- If you use a woodstove or fireplace, make sure you have dry wood for
burning on those cool spring nights that are still to come
- Clean out your woodstove and have your chimney cleaned
- Clean the whole place
- Check for any rodent entrances and close them up -
steel wool works well
- Check for poorly sealed caulking and weatherstripping –
replace if needed
- Check your deck, railings and stairs – repair/replace if needed
- Get the dock back into the water – check floats, rings, dock cleats,
loose boards, raised nails and tighten or repair as needed
- Check your trees for winter damage – trim back trees over buildings,
take down any hazardous trees
- Fix any potholes in your laneway
- Get the boat out and do a spring tune-up and cleaning
- Clean the bar-b-que and clean out the firepit
Now...this part is very important...
fire up that clean bar-b-que and get grilling! Treat yourself to your favourite bar-b-que feast. YOU DESERVE IT!
Part 1 of 2 of Cottage Opening Series.
Go to PART 2 - COTTAGE OPENING SERIES
If you would like to print this handy checklist to take up to your cottage –
click on: PRINTABLE COTTAGE OPENING CHECKLIST PART 1 of 2
for a printable PDF file.
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