Maintaining your cottage is a crucial part of preserving your favorite getaway. Although the wilderness may not seem like the time or place for cleaning, it’s an integral part of helping your cottage last for decades. These four tips look at important areas of maintenance to focus on when it comes to your cottage.
1. Regularly Inspect Your Roof
Your roof is usually not a part of your home that you need to worry about since it’s built to protect the rest of your house. Despite its durability, it’s important to regularly inspect your roof which allows you to catch problems early. The longer you wait to deal a problem with your roof, the more it’ll cost you.
If you only use your cottage part of the year, it’s good to get in the habit of checking out the roof during your first visit of the season. Check for any gaps or weaknesses that may have developed over the years. During your inspection, look for any rifts, splits or tears that could potentially turn into a way to enter your home.
Another thing to be aware of are the overhanging branches and trees above your cottage. It’s a good idea to trim branches to end at least 6 feet away from the edge of your roof. Overhanging branches quickly turn into hazards during windstorms and have the potential to cause significant damage to your roof.
2. Pay Special Attention To Pest Control
Just keeping your cottage clean isn’t enough to keep pests away. Taking the necessary pest control measures to protect your cottage from carpenter ants, powder beetles and termites is crucial to protecting your cottage. Pest control requires a little effort on your part which will save you money in the long run.
Try and do regular checks for any openings around your cottage that pests can take advantage of. Birds and rodents most commonly take advantage of fireplace chimney’s to enter cabins. Make sure you cap your chimney and look for other holes that could potentially let animals enter your cottage.
3. Make Sure You Have Proper Drainage
Having a system in place to deal with water flow is crucial for your cottage. Without a proper system in place, you risk damage to your roof and foundation, both of which are expensive to repair. Regular maintenance is the best way to combat these potential problems.
First, ensure water from your eaves is draining away from your cottage. You don’t want the immediate area around your cabin to end up submerged in water since it can damage your foundation. You also need to periodically check for debris in your eaves that may be causing blockages.
4. Invest In A Security System
Security in the wilderness may seem like an unnecessary expense; however, it’s an important way of protecting your cottage. Your security system will alert you to break-ins by criminals or even animals and give you enough warning to notify the appropriate authorities.
In addition to an alarm, your cottage needs to be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. Having a carbon monoxide detector is especially important if you have garage or boathouse. Make sure you check for any holes in the wall attached to your garage/boathouse that could possibly let fumes into the living area.
A little bit of extra work in the short term can potentially save you a lot of money in the long run. Cottage repairs are often expensive because they aren’t recognized until it’s too late. Sticking to a regular maintenance schedule will help your cottage maintain it’s allure without costing you an arm and a leg!