The complete checklist for opening your cottage this spring

Opening your cottage or cabin in the spring is a task many homeowners look forward to. With summer fast approaching, it’s time to prepare for another season of relaxation and fun away from the city. To ensure that everything runs smoothly, following a detailed checklist is essential. Here’s our top 10 list of tasks to complete before you open your recreational property for the season.

  1. Restore utilities: Before you even arrive at your cottage, contact your utility providers to restore electricity, gas, internet and any other services that may have been over the winter.
  1. Insurance check: To avoid inadequate coverage during the summer months, make sure the insurance you have for your property, boats, ATVs and trailers is up to date. This way, you can have peace of mind in the event of an accident or natural disaster.
  1. Site inspection: As soon as you arrive, do a thorough inspection of the property. Look for signs of weather damage, such as missing shingles, blocked gutters, leaks and destruction caused by falling branches.
  1. Check the condition of your deck and siding: Take the time to examine your deck and siding. Clean decks, patios and outdoor entertainment areas, and check the condition of outdoor recreational equipment such as barbecues and hammocks.
  1. Interior inspection: As soon as you enter your cabin, be on the lookout for moisture, signs of pests and unpleasant odors. 
  1. Ventilate the property: Open all doors and windows to ventilate and eliminate odours. Take advantage of the opportunity to add a little fragrance to certain rooms to eliminate stale smells and help you feel at home! This is also a good time to wash your bedding. 
  1. Checking for mold: Don’t forget to check window sills and door frames for any traces of mold, as moisture and condensation may have formed there.
  1. Restore water and electricity: Once the property has been thoroughly checked, inside and out, it’s time to restore the water and electricity. Make sure your pipes are free of leaks or frost cracks before turning on the taps.
  1. Check appliances, lights and outlets: Once power is restored, check that all appliances and electrical systems are working properly.
  1. Replenish essential supplies: Be sure to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as the filter in your central ventilation system, if necessary. Don’t forget to refill your fire extinguishers and first-aid kit.

By following this detailed checklist, you can ensure that your cottage or cabin is ready for the summer season! 

Interested in learning more about the recreational market in Canada? Read the latest market trends and insights in Royal LePage’s Spring 2024 Recreational Property Report.

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