Tips On Preparing Your Cottage For The Summer Season
After a long, cold and dark winter, when the days get longer and the temperatures start going up, you get excited just thinking about the summer season at your cottage. And who wouldn't?
But, did you consider what type of maintenance you need to do before you kick off the cottage season? Is your cottage insurance up to date and are your utilities turned on? Here are a few tips for you to think about as you begin another season at your cottage.
Update Your Seasonal Cottage Insurance
Before you begin the cottage season at your property, think about your insurance policy. Making sure that you have adequate insurance for your property, along with coverage for any boats or other watercraft can save you a lot of worry and money should anything happen. Also, find out from your broker what specific insurance coverage you need if you will have guests staying over, or if you are planning to rent out your cottage. Remember, don’t wait before it's too late.
Have Your Utilities Turned Back On And Inspected By Service Professionals
Before you go to your cottage for the season, it is good practice to contact your cottage utilities company in order to inspect and turn on your utilities at the property (i.e. water, hydro, gas). This way, you can enjoy your time at your cottage having peace of mind that your utilities systems have been checked for safety and proper functionality.
Pump Your Septic Tank
Depending on the amount of usage of your cottage, most septic systems should be pumped every three to five years. It is good practice to have your septic system maintained by professionals who can identify any other problems that you may experience in the future. If you recognize a foul odour inside your cottage, or hear gurgling sounds as your water flows down the drains, it may be time to have your septic system pumped as most likely sewage is backed up.
Do An Inspection Around Your Property
After a harsh winter, it is good to look around for any damage to your property such as: broken windows, signs of vandalism, or animal damage (i.e. racoons, bears, mice etc.). Also, be sure to check your roof for any missing shingles or more serious structural damage (i.e. caving). Water damage can be costly, so it is prudent to have the repairs done as soon as possible.
Replace The Batteries In Your Smoke And Carbon Dioxide Detectors
Replacing batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors is an essential part of ensuring a safe cottage season for you and your loved ones. Also, a smoke detector is your first line of defence in preventing a total loss of your property in the case of a fire.
Bring Essential Items With You On Your Opening Cottage Weekend
As you arrive at your cottage on opening weekend, make sure to bring the following essentials for the summer season: first aid kit, bottled water, matches, lighters, candles, batteries and chargers, life jackets, non-perishable foods, sun screen, plastic bags for garbage, pet supplies, and last but certainly not least, your cottage insurance policy information.
If you are looking forward to a fun and safe cottage season at your property and have questions about specific coverage options for your property, please contact us today so that we can help you meet your needs.