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Happy Spring! Opening the Cottage

May 16, 2017 / Danielle Williams

The Victoria Day long weekend is the unofficial start to cottage season and in the next few weeks your clients will be getting ready to open their vacation home. Before they head up to the cottage, they need to get it prepared and organized for spring and summer fun.

Of course your clients will do the standard chores like sweeping, mopping, washing windows and more. But it’s also important to inspect security, electrical and water systems before entering the property to make sure everything is safe and runs smoothly. Here are some cottage opening tips to ensure everything is properly set up for the season.

  • Call security company letting them know you are back
  • Ensure all insurance documents are up to date on the cottage, boat, and trailer
  • Do a walk-around the property when you arrive to check for any sign of vandalism or damage
  • Check for any holes or rodent entrances and repair them immediately
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Make sure your fire extinguishers are charged and not expired
  • Get batteries, candles and flashlights, just in case the power does go out
  • Trim tree branches around power lines to avoid power outages
  • Inspect cupboards, closets, dressers for mice and critters
  • Inspect the ceiling for water leaks

Electrical System

  • Inspect power lines, phone lines, the chimney, deck, dock, windows, screens, roof and your hydro meter for damage. Don’t forget to check the posts, pads and beams too
  • Make sure your electricity is turned on. Also don’t forget to check the electrical cords and plugs
  • Check out all visual wiring or equipment (indoor and outdoor) for damage from gnawing animals

Water System

  • Make sure the drain valve at the bottom of the water tank is closed and check for leaks
  • Open a hot water tap at a sink
  • Leave hot water tap on until water comes out of tap
  • Turn on power to water heater at fuse box or electrical panel
  • Check tank and drain valve for leaks
  • Turn on the taps and replace the pump’s filter

If your client does all this, their cottage should be ready for BBQs, fun in the sun and family activities that build lasting memories. Make sure to talk to your clients today about cottage insurance and how CAA Insurance can help to keep their vacation home protected.