It’s that time of year again! It’s that time of year again! Most cottage owners will be closing down their cottage for the winter months, if not already done – but not before taking advantage of their property to watch the leaves change before it’s really over for the year.
Closing up your cottage for the winter can leave you with peace of mind and an easier time next year when cottage season starts again. Here are some of the things your should keep in mind:
- If you keep any valuables at your cottage, pack them up and take them home over the winter months.
- Ensure your windows are locked and blinds or curtains are drawn. It’s even a good idea to cover any windows with sheets if they don’t have any window coverings so no one can see inside.
- Secure and lock any recreational vehicles like boats or four-wheelers, if they can’t be taken home.
- Remove any leftover fuel from the property to deter theft.
- Lock any gates to deter unwelcome visitors when you’re not around.
- Set the alarm before you leave, if you have one. (Having one installed is a great idea!)
- Winterize and turn off the water supply, and turn off the hydro if the cottage doesn’t need to be heated over the winter.
What are your best tips for closing up your cottage at the end of the season?