Ready, steady… open the cot­tage

Stanstead Journal - - LENOXVILLE NEWS -

So, you’ve just ar­rived at the cot­tage for the first time this year and you’re al­ready dream­ing about the long, lazy days of sum­mer you’ll be spend­ing there. You’ve switched on the wa­ter and the elec­tric­ity and you’ll have fin­ished the spring clean­ing by this af­ter­noon. To­mor­row you plan on ex­am­in­ing the out­side and eval­u­at­ing any dam­age which has oc­curred over the win­ter. And even if there’s no dam­age to speak of, you’ll cer­tainly take the time to think about what im­prove­ments can be made to make life even more en­joy­able once the hot weather ar­rives. Even for a cot­tage, the qual­ity of the doors and win­dows can make your sec­ond home safer and more agree­able to live in. Win­dows which let in the rain or an ex­te­rior door which doesn’t lock prop­erly aren’t very re­as­sur­ing. To make life at the cot­tage as en­joy­able as pos­si­ble, tools, build­ings and other struc­tures should al­ways be well main­tained. From the lawn­mower to the wharf, not for­get­ting the deck, the bar­be­cue, the shed and the ATV, noth­ing should be ne­glected. Dur­ing your tour of in­spec­tion both in­side and out­side the cot­tage, check ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing the walls and ceil­ings. Par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion should be paid to the elec­tri­cal sys­tems: dan­ger is never on hol­i­day, even at the cot­tage! Once ev­ery­thing has been checked, the re­pair work fin­ished, new items pur­chased and in­stalled, make the most of your chalet by open­ing the door wide to the joys of sum­mer.

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