Here are some tips you may wish to consider when opening your cottage this spring:
- Call your electricity, internet and phone service providers in advance to set up a date to re-activate your services.
- Ensure all insurance documentation for your cottage, trailer and boat are up to date.
- Check the cottage’s exterior for any damage to power lines, phone lines, the chimney, the deck, the dock, windows, screens, and under the cottage at the posts, pads, and beams.
- Inspect the kitchen counter tops and cupboards for rodents and look for any water damage that may have occurred over the winter.
- Before you get your water system going, check all the pipes for damage. Run all taps to clear the air and excess water in the drain before opening the valves. Your hot water tank should also be empty before you begin filling it up.
- Replace and test all batteries in your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and flashlights.
- Test your fire extinguishers to ensure they’re functioning.
- Have your watercraft fully serviced by a professional at the beginning of the season. Verify that the safety equipment is valid and that there are enough age appropriate life vests available on board.
A home insurance policy for your cottage will ensure your property is protected throughout every season. If you would like a quote, or are interested in having a broker review your current policy, contact us today at 1-888-798-8001 or visit www.csib.org/contact.
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