10 Things You Can do to Get Your Cottage Ready for Spring/Summer
Wiarton Willie has predicted an early spring this year, something we can all be happy about, and we thought we would share some early tips on getting your cottage ready for the spring and summer months. Since it won’t be long before we can be outside in nothing more than shorts and a t-shirt, here are some items to check off your list to make sure you are ready to enjoy those warmer days:
1. Clear Out Eavestrough from Fall/Winter Debris
Clearing out your eavestroughs is important because it ensures that you will have proper water drainage away from the house. This can prevent possible flooding and water damage to the interior of your cottage. It also prevents water spillage which can dirty the bottom of siding and it ensures that the outside aesthetic of the cottage is clean and crisp.
2. Rake and Clear out Old Leaves on Property
Sometimes we have left over leaves on the property if we haven’t been able to tend to them before the first snowfall. Raking and disposing of old leaves and debris will allow for fresh undergrowth and pristine landscaping. This will ensure that not only the cottage itself will look great, so will the landscape.
3. Change Water and UV Filters
If you have been at the cottage all winter, you will want to change out your water and UV filters. This will increase the potability of your water, making it healthier to drink. Changing out your sediment and carbon filters for fresh ones will also increase your water pressure. New carbon filters will remove any unwanted odours and increase water clarity.
4. Change Furnace Filter
It is time to get the cottage ready for air conditioning! Changing out your furnace filter will ensure you are not only breathing fresher air, it will also allow for better movement of air through the filter and reduce pressure on the furnace.
5. Turn off Water/Sewage Heatlines
You won’t need any heatlines in the warmer weather, so turn off your water or sewage heatlines and save on the cost.
6. Outdoor Paint/Siding Touch Ups
Sealing your cottage exterior with paint or stain can protect materials like wood and other organic, porous materials. Touch up your siding, trim, and other cosmetic/structural details to create excellent curb appeal.
7. Inspect Foundation Sump Pump
You want to make sure your sump pump is clear and not plugged with ice, dirt, or other debris so that it can effectively discharge any water away from the cottage during the spring run-off. This will keep water out of your basement or crawlspace.
8. Plant seedlings for a fall harvest
Now is the time to start planting those fall vegetables and fruit. There is nothing like fresh produce from your own cottage garden and if your property has the right weather conditions, you can grow your own food that can last through the winter.
9. Get Ready for Bugs
Remove any standing water around your cottage property so that you don’t create any breeding grounds for any mosquitos or other insects.
10. Repair any Landscaping or Structural Damage from Ice and Flooding
If you have a lot of water drainage or run-off on your property, you may be forced to do some minor landscape repairs after the snow melts. From a structural standpoint, check that your boathouse or dock is in order and there has not been any damage from ice over the winter or from a possible spring flood (pay special attention to dock cribs, metal posts, positioning of dock – has it lifted or shifted?).
If you would like more information on how to get your cottage ready for the spring and summer months, visit https://cottagelife.com/design-diy/opening-weekend-checklist-for-your-cottage/ for more tips.