How to close your summer cottage?
The task seems daunting to the average cottager. But, it’s not so bad. Here’s a check list to make things easy for you.
- Make sure you have your security system in place.
- Void all water pipes to avoid freezing.
- Shut down the propane.
- Take the boats out of the water – bubble them or take them to storage.
- Remove all food, and anything that may attract animals.
- Defrost and unplug the refrigerator.
- Place an open box of baking soda inside the refrigerator to keep odors away.
- Scatter moth balls in the attic and anywhere small animals or bugs might gather.
- Anti-mildew boxes can be purchased inexpensively to help prevent dampness.
- Cover windows with shades for storm protection and theft prevention.
- Store the barbeque.
- Store patio furniture.
- Make sure all garden tools are safely put away to help prevent break-ins.
- Pull the dock out of the lake to avoid cracking and breaking.
- Check the sump pumps to ensure they’re working.
- Organize snow removal.
- Tell your neighbors you’re done for the season, and be sure to leave your home phone number so they can reach you if necessary.
- Take summer pictures of your cottage to use for advertsing purposes.
Every cottage is different, of course, so be sure to add your individual requirements to the above. Take a careful walk around before you leave just to make sure you have it covered.