It is always a sad day when you are sitting at the cottage, and the leaves start to turn, and you realize that the nights are getting cooler. We usually delay the decision to close up the cottage to the last minute. Given our uncertain weather events these days, it is best not to wait. Frozen pipes can cause a great deal of damage.
This is also the best time of the year to check your insurance policy. If any neighbours can check on your cottage throughout the winter months you can let them know that you are closing. They should have your phone and email details in case of an emergency.
The closing of the cottage routine can be broken into two areas, inside and out. Take photos of all areas, including the dock, water/septic system and inside. This can help with insurance claims and to show you how to set things up next year.
If your cottage contains many valuables you plan a Winter visit, you may want to consider alarm and monitoring services.
It is never a happy time when we drive away from the cottage for the last time each year. However, if you follow the checklist and perform some basic maintenance tasks, the cottage will be ready to greet you and your family next year.
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