If you haven't done so, it's time to start thinking about getting ready for the winter months as we say good bye to summer. Having a cottage that’s winterized is a great idea – not only does it make your cottage more appealing to buyers if you ever decide to sell, it ensures you and your family can enjoy cozy cottage evenings all year-round. And, if you’d rather avoid the drive during the winter months, you can always rent it out to generate extra income when you’re not interested in using it. Here are a few things you’ll need to consider:
If your cottage is not winterized, it might run on electric heating, which can be very expensive to heat the cottage with during the winter. Installing a wood stove and basically pay for itself after a few winters.
Your pipes may need to be insulated to prevent them from freezing during the winter months, and it’s possible that upgrades could be required for water-using appliances or your septic system.
A warmer home in the winter months means increased levels of moisture, which can lead to mold issues if not handled correctly. You may need to look into installing a vapour barrier if you intend to use your cottage during the winter.
Winterizing your cottage can be a costly but worthwhile investment. If you are currently looking to purchase a cottage, consider looking into cottages that are already winterized.