5 Tips for Closing Up Your Cottage for Another Year

As the summer season comes to an end, it’s almost time to lock up your cottage for the winter. Here are some things that should be on your checklist as you prepare your home-away-from-home for the winter season:

1. Drain and wrap the pipes

Whether you have a winterized or non-winterized cottage it is always a good precaution to protect your pipes from freezing and bursting. Shut off the main water valve and drain the water from pipes and faucets. Then, properly wrap the pipes with foam.

2. Unplug and shut off

Unplug all your major appliances. When you unplug your fridge, remove all food to prevent mold and mildew. You don’t want to attract wildlife! Turn off the gas and shut off your heating source so you’re not wasting energy. You could also set it to the lowest temperature – around 10 degrees celsius – to help minimize frost build-up.

3. Check the exterior of your cottage

Rodents and insects will want to get into your cottage once the seasons change and the temperature drops. Walk around your cottage and check for any openings. Re-seal old caulking, cover your chimney, replace shingles, clean out the gutters, and take other precautions to prevent your cottage from being damaged by wildlife and the harsh winter weather.

4. Prepare your sump pump

If there is a power outage, your sump pump could stop working and your cottage could flood. Take advice from the manufacturer or an expert on how to winterize your particular system and avoid water damage.

5. Check to be sure your insurance is up-to-date

Though it may be the least fun part of owning a cottage, it comes in handy when belongings are damaged, vandalized, or stolen. Be sure all seasonal vehicles and gear are properly insured so you can enjoy them next summer!

Before you lock up and say goodbye to your cottage for the winter, make sure to check on your property insurance policy with your broker.