A Step-by-Step Guide to Opening Your Cottage for the Summer
Now that the snow has melted and the weather is warming up, you may be looking forward to opening up your cottage so you can enjoy it over the summer. While you may be tempted to get everything done as quickly as possible so you can start enjoying your cottage right away, it’s important to take the time to open up your cottage properly.
While it does take some time to open up your cottage properly, once you’ve done it, you can just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of cottage life.
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide that walks you through all the actions you need to take to open up your cottage. Whether you’re a first-time cottage owner or an old hand at this, make sure you don’t rush through any of the steps you need to take to open your cottage successfully.
Here are the main things you need to take care of while opening up your cottage for the summer:
- Get your water supply hooked up and make sure you have your services turned on.
- Pack up all of your cleaning supplies.
- Do a thorough inspection of your cottage and the surrounding area.
While we can’t help you with actually opening up your cottage, at Archway Insurance, we can help you with cottage insurance and by providing these handy tide charts for your ocean getaway!
Step 1: Make Sure All of Your Services are Turned On and Available
Before you arrive at your cottage to open it up for the summer, it’s important to make sure that all of your utilities are working. Be certain that you’ve done the following:
- Your water supply should be properly hooked up and working—both hot and cold water. You may be able to pay someone, such as a plumber, to come and do this for you.
- Contact your service providers to turn on utilities such as electricity, gas, and phone as necessary. If you use your cottage a lot, you may also need to have things like your cable and Internet services turned back on.
Don’t wait until you’re ready to open up your cottage to contact your service providers—give them plenty of notice!
Step 2: Pack Up All Your Cleaning Supplies
Over the winter, your cottage has had plenty of time to get dusty and dirty. You’ll likely have to deal with dead bugs and even animal droppings too! Giving your cottage a thorough clean isn’t the most fun aspect of owning one, but it is necessary.
Your job will be easier if you have all the right cleaning tools. So, before you head up to the cottage, pack the following:
- Rags, dusting cloths, and paper towels.
- Disinfecting wipes and general multi-surface cleaning products.
- Cleaning gloves, which will help protect your hands and ensure you don’t have to touch anything gross.
- Garbage bags.
- Large items like a broom and dustpan, buckets, and a vacuum, if you don’t already have a set of these you keep at your cottage.
Cleaning can be dirty work, so make sure you also bring an extra set of clothes, as you’ll likely want to put on fresh clothes after you’re done!
Step 3: Do a Thorough Inspection of Your Cottage
Now that you’ve arranged to have the utilities turned back on and you’ve got all your cleaning supplies ready, you’re almost ready to open up your cottage. You should do a thorough walk-through around your cottage, as well as inside it, to check for any issues.
Outside your cottage, check for the following:
- Holes in the roof or missing shingles
- Broken or cracked windows
- Clogged eavestroughs
- Loose or rotting boards in your steps, deck, and dock
Inside your cottage, check for:
- Ceiling water damage due to storms or melting snow
- Holes in the walls where animals may have made a winter home
- Defaced or soiled furniture due to water damage or animal damage
If, when you open up your cottage, you find significant damage, contact us at Archway Insurance right away! We’ll tell you what your cottage insurance policy covers and what your next steps should be.
How can Archway Insurance help me with cottage insurance?
Whether you’ve got a cabin by the lake or a beach house just up the coast, at Archway Insurance, we’re here for all your cottage insurance needs. We work with major insurance providers to get you the cottage insurance you need at a price that works for you.
At Archway Insurance, we’ll walk you through the basics of cottage insurance coverage such as:
- Coverage for dwellings and other structures such as sheds, garages, decks, and even hot tubs damaged by theft, vandalism, or common perils such as a fire.
- Personal property coverage for all the things that make cottage living so cozy, including your furniture and appliances.
- Liability coverage: if anyone is injured at your cottage or their personal property is damaged, you’re protected with liability coverage.
- If you have a boat, we’ll also discuss what’s covered by your cottage policy and if you require a separate policy for a larger boat or yacht.
Now You Know All the Essential Steps to Open Up Your Cottage
To recap, before you can relax and enjoy some summer fun at your cottage, you need to take the proper steps to open it up. These are the three most important steps you need to follow:
- Make sure that your water supply is properly hooked up and all of your utilities—from electricity to Internet service—have been turned back on.
- Get all the cleaning supplies you’ll need, from buckets and rags to paper towels and disinfecting wipes. Having the right tools will make your clean-up faster and easier.
- Do a thorough walk-through both around your cottage and through it to check for any issues that may have cropped up over the winter, including water damage and holes in the roof or windows.
In addition, you should contact us to make sure that your cottage insurance is up-to-date. At Archway Insurance, we’re here for all your cottage insurance needs in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
Contact us today at 1-833-544-0475 to learn more about how we can help you with cottage insurance!