As the weather gets nicer, more second home and cottage owners are getting excited knowing they will be opening their houses for the spring season. While it’s one of the most exciting times, it can also be a very stressful time, if not properly prepared.
Consider these tasks when re-opening your second home or cottage for the season:
- Spring opening checklist
- Before you drive to your second home
- When you arrive at your second home
- Turn on Propane Appliances
SPRING OPENING CHECKLIST:
Make sure to create a checklist of the things you will need to do when opening your second home / cottage for the spring. This list should include the things you need to do before you leave your primary home, and the steps you will follow once you arrive. The preparation may take a few extra minutes, but being organized will ensure the process goes smoothly.
BEFORE YOU DRIVE TO YOUR SECOND HOME:
- Call electric company and phone company to turn your services back on.
- Check all insurance documents are up to date, boat and trailer.
- Organize your keys, tools, cleaning supplies, clothing, filters, batteries and food.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR SECOND HOME:
When you arrive, survey the inside and outside of your property. Make notes.
- Check power lines and phone lines
- Clean debris off your property and inspect treeline for potential safety hazards
- Inspect your home’s siding, windows and screens
- Look over roof, gutters, chimney stack and deck
- Inspect inside of cabin: check for leaks, check cupboards, closets, dressers for evidence of any rodents or their nesting
- Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
- Check expiration date for fire extinguisher and replace if expired
- Turn on water and reconnect water pipes (before you turn on your water heater, be sure to make sure it’s filled with water)
TURN ON PROPANE APPLIANCES:
Next thing to do is set your propane appliances back up. If you didn’t use your propane furnace or appliances for the entire winter, spring is a great time to schedule an annual inspection.
Be sure to open your windows! Make sure your home is fully ventilated while also letting fresh air into your cottage.
It’s very important to contact your gas supplier to perform an inspection to test for leaks and turn on the gas. We do not recommend performing these tasks on your own, let the professionals do that!
Once you’ve tackled the main items on your list, you can focus your attention on cleaning and disinfecting the inside of your home. And then sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of the season!
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