It’s finally time to open up the cottage! While this is a sure sign that summer is on the way, it also means that you have a lot of work ahead to get the cottage ready, especially if you plan on renting out the cottage during the summer months. It takes a bit of extra time in the beginning to get the cottage opened for the summer, but being organized will ensure that the opening weekend goes smoothly. Continue reading this blog for a helpful checklist of things to do to open up the inside and outside of the cottage in the spring.
Exterior of the Cottage
Once you arrive at the cottage, it’s time to start your inspection. Here are some tips for inspecting the exterior of the cottage:
- Check any potential issues that you identified when you were closing the cottage at the end of last season.
- Check all power lines and phone lines.
- Look for any signs of break-ins or vandalism.
- Do a walk around and check the entire exterior of the cottage – roof, siding, windows, doors, deck and patio.
- Look for signs of pests.
- Make a list of landscaping work that needs to be completed.
Interior of the Cottage
Now that the outside of the cottage is taken care of, it’s time to focus on the interior:
- Check any potential issues that you identified with the interior when you were closing the cottage at the end of last season.
- Look for water leaks.
- Plug in all appliances and make sure they are working correctly.
- Inspect for pests, especially mice.
- Start the water system – Consider having it inspected by a professional first.
- Make a list of supplies that you will need for the season (flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, etc.)
- Make a list of things that need some TLC or require repairs.
Most cottages have unique quirks and features that require special attention on opening weekend. If you’re new to cottage life or if you’re unsure how to turn on your electricity, your water, or any of the other systems in your cottage, consult a local professional who can help make sure you have a smooth start to the season. If you’re shopping for insurance for a new cottage or seasonal property, one of our agents would be happy to help you look into your options — please contact us today to get started.