Opening and Closing Your Cottage

Friday, July 27, 2012

Enjoying a cottage in the summer months is a past time for many Canadians. However, after a winter of non-use there are things that need to be done in the spring to make sure your cottage will be ready to enjoy. As well, there are things that need to be done at the end of cottage season to get your cottage ready for the vacant cold winter months.

You are heading to the cottage for the first time to open it up, what will you need to remember to take with you? Well, for starters you will need to take adequate cleaning supplies, linens, food, and of course if you are lucky, a helper!

Things to remember and the “to do” list when opening the cottage:

  • Check outside the cottage to make sure that everything is intact (such as shingles, piping, lattice work, loose boards etc.).

  • If you have truly batten down the hatches, you will have to remove any coverings from the doors and windows.

  • Dig out the outdoor patio furniture and barbeque if you have it (most people will store this inside the cottage for safe keeping for the winter).

  • Clean the cottage (vacuum, mop the floors, clean the dishes, clean the inside of the cupboards, do the dusting, air out any carpets, clean the kitchen and the bathrooms, clean the windows).

  • Make the beds.

  • Turn the water and electricity on.

  • Stock the fridge and cupboards with food.

Once that is done, you are pretty much ready to move into the cottage for the summer months. After a season of enjoying the cottage, there are a few things that you will need to do in order to prepare the cottage for the winter and its subsequent non-use.

Things to remember and the “to do” list when closing the cottage:

  • Clean out the cupboards and fridge of food.

  • Clean all areas (vacuum, dust, mop the floors, clean the bathroom, kitchen).

  • Cover all furniture.

  • Hang all carpets.

  • Strip the beds and store the clean linens.

  • Store outdoor furniture.

  • Drain all water pipes.

  • Defrost and unplug the refrigerator and remember to leave the refridgerator ajar to avoid mold and mildews.

  • Unplug all appliances.

  • Cover windows (close curtains or shades).

  • Block all entrances (such as flues and stove pipes) to avoid critters getting in!.

  • Activate your security system (if you have one).

Using this handy checklist will help you to ensure that you have covered the basics for both opening and closing the cottage.

Enjoy the leisure time at the cottage!