How Do You Open and Close Your Vacation Home?

If you own a vacation home nine times out of ten you want to use it for rest and relaxation.  But that’s not usually the case to start with; you typically will need to dedicate an entire day to opening (cleaning and maintaining) your vacation home.

 Opening a Vacation Home

We would say it’s smart to take a day before the season starts to open your vacation home, and another day at the end of the season to close it.  Yes, it sounds like a lot of work, but every vacation home has different needs. For example, a beach cottage requires different maintenance than a mountain cabin.

 Here’s is a list of a few tasks to help start the process:

  • Turn on utilities
  • Clean the bathroom and see what you need in the kitchen
  • Check the roof/plumbing for leaks
  • Show your lawn some love

 Closing a Vacation Home

When closing your home, make sure you focus on keeping your home safe in your absence by performing the following tasks: 

  • Secure all windows and doors
  • Turn on your alarm
  • Close the storm shutters
  • Take the trash out

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