7 tips for getting the cottage summer-ready

May 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager, Flyerland.ca   

 

Victoria Day is just around the corner, the official kick-off to summer…and that means cottage time! You can look forward to a long, lazy summer of swimming, boating, barbecues, glorious sunsets and marshmallow roasts. But before all the fun, there’s work to be done! And turning your cottage into a cozy second home can be costly. These tips and tricks can make it easy to open the cottage without spending a bundle, so you can unwind and enjoy the glorious summer season.

  • Do an early inspection. Head to the cottage for a day before the long weekend to check if any repairs are required, bring supplies and take an inventory of items you need. While you’re there, turn on the water and power, inspect the boat and dock, make sure the barbecue is working and the tank is full, and get a jump start on cleaning.
  • Hire local help. If repairs are needed, you can find local help to fix the damaged water pump or replace a broken window. Consider hiring a housekeeper to give the cottage a thorough cleaning including the fridge and cupboards to get the whole cottage sparkling clean and fresh for the season.
  • Refresh the essentials. As you spring clean at home, replacing linens and small appliances, think about the items you can bring to the cottage. It’s helpful to have extra towels and sheets on hand for visitors. Plus, you’ll want a backup toaster or coffeemaker because if they break, you can’t just run out to buy a new one. Visit Flyerland.ca to find deals from Wal-Mart and Zellers.
  • Entertain outdoors. Spruce up your outdoor space with new patio furniture and accessories—from chairs, lounges and cushions to colourful plates, cups and cutlery. Citronella candles in fun containers look great and keep pests away when the sun goes down. See the Home Depot, The Brick and D.O.T. Furniture flyers on Flyerland.ca for summer savings.
  • Stock up for emergencies. Be prepared for accidents, power outages and other incidents by having a complete first aid kit, new batteries for the flashlights, candles, a fire extinguisher and a generator on hand, just in case. Be sure to replace the batteries in the smoke detector, too. You’ll find everything you need at Canadian Tire—see their flyer on Flyerland.ca and stock up now.
  • Plant a garden. Flowers add a splash of colour to your cottage, but consider hearty varieties that don’t require a lot of work. To spice up your meals, plant herbs in the garden—they grow easily and you’ll have them right at hand for outdoor cooking. Don’t forget the fresh mint for a batch of mojitoes! Check out the garden centre at Lowes
  • Invite friends! Make a list of people you want to invite over this summer and create a calendar—you can plan the whole season in advance. Create some fun invitations and send them out early. 
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