A checklist to get your seasonal home ready for summer
Written by Darla Palmer-Ellingson in Home Travel & Leisure
An unseasonably warm spring may bring thoughts of opening your seasonal cabin early. It’s exciting to think summer is around the corner, so let’s get it off to a great start by properly planning your cabin-opening weekend.
Even if you have gone through the procedure multiple times, it’s handy to have a checklist to plan what to bring for maintenance and recreation and to avoid overlooking anything.
Before Leaving Home for the Cabin
- A week ahead, call the electricity company, internet service provider and phone company to turn your services back on.
- Check that all registration and insurance documents are up-to-date for the boat, trailer and extra vehicles, and set out keys and new renewal stickers you may need to bring.
- Organize fishing poles, boating accessories, games and entertainment devices you plan to bring.
- Organize maintenance items you are bringing, such as tools, cleaning supplies, batteries, water and air filters.
- Check the weather forecast.
- Organize clothes and food.
- Don’t forget the keys to the cabin!
At the Lake
Do a walk-around inspection of the property and inspect the inside of the cabin for damage. Here are checklists for both tasks:
Outside Property Checklist
- Inspect power and phone lines, siding, windows and under the house, including posts and beams.
- Trees—look for branches that may be a hazard and need to be trimmed.
- Roof—check for debris that needs to be cleared.
- Check the deck, dock and lift, noting any needed repairs.
- Cut lawn and trim shrubs or trees.
- Clear walkways and driveway.
- Clean and set up outdoor furniture.
- Install screens.
- Fill propane tank.
Checklist for Inside the Cabin
- Turn power on (except water heater).
- Turn on water supply and check for leaks.
- Plug in appliances and turn on icemaker.
- Set thermostat.
- Inspect cupboards, closets and dressers for pests.
- Inspect the ceiling for water leaks.
- Clean and stock kitchen and bathrooms.
- Change light bulbs and smoke detector batteries.
- Replace furnace filters.
- Fill hot water tank, then turn power on at breaker and inspect lines for leaks.
- Consider having your septic system pumped if it has been more than a year to avoid any surprises mid-season.
A little prior planning, and taking steps to immediately address maintenance issues, will provide you and your guests a pleasant seasonal home opening without major headaches.