By: Marilyn Rogers

Before You Close Your Cottage For The Winter

Before You Close Your Cottage For The Winter

It’s getting to be that time of year again! As summer draws to a close, most cottage owners will be gearing up to close down their cottage for the winter months – 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 windo...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Are You Prepared For A Cottage Storm Emergency?

Are You Prepared For A Cottage Storm Emergency?

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean it’s over – and that means stormy weather isn’t finished with us for the summer yet either. Most Canadians are familiar with big thunderstorms and know what to do when one hits – namely, get indoors. But simple cottage country living isn’t as simple in the face of inclement weather.  We’re lucky to get warnings for thunderstorms, but it never hurts to be extra cautious. Thunderstorms may spoil an afternoon on the lake, but better safe than sorry! When lightning strikes: Get inside (if you cannot get into a building, get in a vehicle) Do not use the telephone Do not run the taps Avoid large...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Cottage Opening Weekend Checklist

Cottage Opening Weekend Checklist

It’s finally warm enough outside that we can say Spring is here to say in the Peterborough region. This means that for many Ontarians who own cottages it’s time to open the cottage for the season. Here’s a handy checklist for opening your cottage for the season so nothing is forgotten. Prepare and Pack You may not be able to get everything you’ll need for the various tasks that await at your cottage’s nearest shop. Pack a tool box, duct tape, cleaning supplies, batteries, microfiber cloths and of course – water, clothes and food. Don’t forget about your utilities. If they’ve been shut off for the winter months, call ahead and have them and a...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Are You Ready For An Ice Storm This Winter?

Are You Ready For An Ice Storm This Winter?

The ice storm in the winter of 2013/2014 left much of Southern Ontario realizing just how unprepared they were for a major power outage that lasted for days, and in some cases – over a week. Don’t be unprepared this year! Put together a solid home emergency kit so that if you do find yourself without power you and your family will stay safe and happy. Battery packs – Having a radio for news updates is one thing, but radios are only one-way. Battery packs are typically low-cost (you can find Duracell battery packs at Costco at 3/$30 right now) and they have multiple USB ports in different shapes and sizes for charging mobile phones. This can be especially useful if the...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

How To Keep Your Energy Bills Lower This Winter

How To Keep Your Energy Bills Lower This Winter

Winter is pretty much here, and that means that country home and cottage owners are going to start turning up the heat in an effort to keep warm over the colder months. So what’s the best way to keep warm this winter without paying out the nose for it? The best ways to lower your energy bills low this winter: Keep your blinds and curtains open during the day. Not only does this add extra light, the sunlight will help warm up the interior of your home during the daytime hours. Switch to LED Christmas lights. If you have Christmas lights around the exterior of your home or on your tree, they’re on for a good part of the evening. Switch to LED lights, which use less than half of ...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Getting Your Cottage Ready For Winter

Getting Your Cottage Ready For Winter

Snow is here! If you haven’t spent the time prepping your cottage for winter, now’s the time to do it – before it gets worse outside, or too cold. Make sure you: Change any blown-out lightbulbs, inside and outside. Mark your plant beds, walkways and driveway with stakes or string so they aren’t damaged by shoveling or salt. Store your yard tools and lawn mower properly, by removing any dirt and lawn trimmings or leaves from them before storage, removing rust spots where applicable. Make sure your snow-removal tool supply is well stocked, including shovels and brooms for softer areas like your deck. Before winter hits us in full force, it’s a good idea to ma...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Protect Your Ontario Cottage During Winter

Protect Your Ontario Cottage During Winter

If you own a cottage that isn’t winterized, it’s likely that you’ll be spending your last weekend at the cottage this year sometime soon. During this final visit, you may also spend some time closing up your cottage so that it stays safe during the winter months. The reason cottages need to be “closed” for the winter months is that they are especially susceptible to wind and water damage when they’re left unattended during Ontario winters, particularly because you may not be coming back to check on your cottage for many months. Protect Your Ontario Cottage During Winter  Clear the exterior. Obstacles on the outside of your cottage can severely im...Read More