How Do I Take Care of My Cottage in the Winter?

As the chilly winds start to sweep across the region, it's time to gear up for that winter wonderland we all know and love. But what about your beloved cottage? How do you ensure it stays in tip-top shape during the colder months? Don't worry, we've got you covered with some winter care tips that'll keep your cottage cozy and ready for your return in the spring. 

  1. 1. Winterize Your Pipes and PlumbingThe last thing you want is a burst pipe during the deep freeze. Before you lock up your cottage, make sure to drain the water lines and shut off the water supply. Consider using antifreeze solutions to prevent any lingering water from freezing and causing damage. 

  1. 2. Seal the CracksInspect your cottage for any gaps, cracks, or openings that could invite in the cold air or critters. Properly seal these areas with weather stripping or caulking to maintain a warm and secure interior. 

  1. 3. Keep the Heat On: Set your thermostat to a low but steady temperature to prevent extreme temperature fluctuations inside your cottage. This not only protects your belongings but also helps in keeping the structural integrity intact. 

  1. 4. Clear Surrounding AreaTrim any overhanging branches and clear debris around your cottage to prevent potential damage during heavy snowfall or storms. Also, shovel paths around your cottage to avoid snow accumulation that could cause leaks or other issues. 

  1. 5. Frequent Checks: If possible, visit your cottage periodically throughout the winter to inspect for any signs of damage or issues. Catching problems early can save you from major repairs later on. 

  1. 6. Prevent Pest Intrusion: Make sure to seal all food items and remove any traces of it before closing up. Rodents and pests are looking for warm places too! 

  1. 7. Secure Valuables: If you have valuable items at your cottage, consider taking them with you or storing them in a secure location. This gives you peace of mind and prevents theft or damage. 

  1. 8. Winterize Outdoor FeaturesCover outdoor furniture and equipment, such as grills and boats, to protect them from the elements. Stow away summer gear and ensure outdoor water lines are properly drained. 

  1. 9. Hire a Property Management ServiceIf you'd rather not brave the winter elements yourself, consider enlisting the help of a property management service. They can handle routine checks, maintenance, and even winterize your cottage professionally. 

So, as the snow blankets the region and the fireplace crackles, your cottage will be well-prepared to brave the winter months. Remember, a little care goes a long way in preserving your slice of heaven. 

Ready to find your dream cottage or need expert property management advice? Reach out to us today! Our dedicated team at Balo Real Estate is here to assist you with all your real estateproperty management, and mortgage needs. 

Stay cozy and see you in the spring!