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Closing Your Cottage Properly to Avoid a Spring Surprise

Posted Sep 23rd, 2020 in Media, General, Insurance Tips, Home Insurance, Did You Know?, In the News

As much as we’re in denial, summer is over, and winter is right around the corner. If your cottage isn’t winterized, it’s the season to start thinking about closing it. A proper closing will help avoid any surprises come spring.

Closing Your Cottage Properly to Avoid a Spring Surprise, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

Although there is some cross over, if you close your cottage the same way you prepare your house for winter, you will run into some issues in the spring. The following cottage closing tips will help guide you to a stress-free opening in the spring season.

3 Tips for Closing Your Cottage This Winter

Cottage Closing Tip 1 | Keep Animals and Rodents Out

Inspect the exterior of the cottage for cracks or holes; cover any holes with caps, covers, or through repairs. Don’t leave any food in the cottage over the winter, and cover furniture with plastic; these steps will help deter mice.

Cottage Closing Tip 2 | Turn Down The Heat and Unplug Appliances

You shouldn’t turn off your power completely as you need it to power your sump pump and furnace. Unplugging your appliances though will reduce the risk of an electrical fire. Also, you should leave your furnace set to around ten degrees Celsius; turning it off completely can lead to pipes freezing.

Cottage Closing Tip 3 | Move Any Outdoor Items Inside

To prevent both damage and theft, all outdoor items such as canoes, kayaks, BBQs, picnic tables, and gardening tools should be stored indoors for the winter. Be sure to empty the gas from any gas-powered equipment.

Combining these tips with our home winterization tips will lead to a headache-free opening come spring.  Be sure to contact your broker to make sure your cottage is adequately covered for any damage that the winter may bring.

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