Are You Ready To Open Your Cottage?

Conrad Seasonal Home

When is the right time to open your cottage? While each cottage owner’s answer may differ, it’s not unheard of for cottage owners to open their seasonal home before the May Long Weekend. And with temperatures steadily increasing this Spring, you may be tempted to pack your car and drive up north earlier than you first thought. With that said, whenever you think you may want to open your cottage, it’s important that you make a to-do list and are prepared! Not only will it help ensure that you can completely open it in one visit, but it can ensure that you have everything you may need to do it! 

Make Sure All Of Your Services Are Ready To Go

When you take the time to drive to your cottage, you want to make sure that your home away from home is ready to go. For many cottage owners, that includes making sure certain services are hooked up or ‘ON’. While you could wait until a later date to do this, it’s always better to get everything finished at the start of the season so you can truly relax and enjoy your time while you’re up north. This includes, but is not limited to calling to ensure that your electricity, phone, or satellite services will be ready and ‘ON’ when you arrive.

Review Your Insurance 

Is your cottage insured? Is your boat insured? When was the last time you reviewed your insurance policies? These are all important questions to ask yourself as without the right insurance, if something were to happen while you’re enjoying your summer, you may not have the right coverage to protect yourself! So every year it’s crucial that you take the time to not only discuss what your insurance needs are with your trusted broker, but ensure that you understand your coverage details! You may find that within the last year you’ve performed renovations or purchased new water toys that require additional coverage. 

When in doubt, give us a call! It’s one of the best ways to find your footing when it comes to any insurance that is cottage related. 

Arrive Prepared 

Before you spend hours driving up north and pull into your driveway, you want to make sure that you’re prepared to open it. Not only does this include remembering to bring the keys to your cottage with you, but, bringing any additional supplies that you may need. This is crucial as many cottages do not have grocery or hardware stores located close to them. Leaving many commuting another 20 – 45 minutes just to pick up what they forgot. 

When you’re trying to think of what to pack to ensure you’re ready to open your cottage don’t forget;

  • Some easy-to-cook meals, 
  • Filtered water, 
  • Extra clothing pertaining to the weather, 
  • Cleaning supplies and garbage bags, 
  • Fresh linens, 
  • Medical supplies, 
  • And general hardware or tools. 

When you close and lock your cottage for well over 4 months, it can be hard to gauge what you may expect. From rodents entering the building to debris falling on your property, you want to try to be ready for almost anything. 

What To Do When You Arrive To Open Your Cottage

After you’ve packed your car, and you’ve arrived at your cottage, it’s time to make a plan. When you first arrive, it’s important to take your time and organize your thoughts before jumping to make any changes. Depending on the winter weather and how well you closed your cottage in the fall, you may find certain damages or issues to be more important to address than others. For example, if a tree fell over during a winter storm and is blocking the entrance to your cottage, this may be the first issue to address in comparison to simply doing a deep-cleaning of all of the rooms.