Even though the flowers might not have bloomed yet, spring officially begins at the end of March, and you might be looking forward to going back to the cottage once the weather gets significantly warmer.
It doesn’t matter if your cottage is only used during certain times of the year or if it is a year-round property like these houses for sale in Huntsville Ontario; come springtime, you may find a laundry list of chores waiting for you and the majority of them will be performed outside of the actual cottage.
The following are some essential outdoor clean-up tips for your cottage, ranging from inspecting the gutters to scrubbing the patios, that will help make your early spring cleaning at your cottage the best it has ever been, leaving you ready to relax once the warmer weather arrives in its entirety.
Examine the Roof
Take a look at the roof while you’re checking the eaves. Ice and strong winds can damage your shingles in the winter. Examine them to verify there are no signs of rotting, warping, or other damage.
Patio and Deck
The cottage lifestyle entails spending as much time as possible in nature. But, a winter’s worth of nature’s forces can create unfavourable conditions for relaxing on the deck or patio.
Moss, mildew, mould, and other seasonal grime can emerge as a result of the extra moisture and dirt accumulation caused by melting snow. Cleaning your deck with safe outdoor cleansers can keep the filth at bay and your deck looking new for the season.
If you’re out cleaning a deck constructed of wood, inspect it for worn, rough, and splintered boards, as these can lead to uncomfortable splinters in unprotected feet. To guarantee that your deck has an even coating, replace or repair these boards before applying something like a sealer.
Don’t Forget the Patio Furniture
It’s fantastic if your deck and patio are sparkling and clean, but don’t forget about the furniture you’ll be sitting on out there! Nobody likes to sit in a filthy chair.
Whether you leave your outdoor furniture out year-round or need to dust it when it comes out of seasonal storage, chances are it will require a wipe-down.
If your chairs are plastic, a good hosing down may suffice. However carefully constructed wooden Muskoka chairs may require a more thorough cleaning.
If you’re going to clean your deck or patio, it’s a good idea to accomplish this step first; otherwise, you’ll have to clean your deck twice!
Eaves and Gutters should be inspected
Over the winter, leaves, branches, and other debris can accumulate in the gutters, causing a blockage in the drainage system after the ice and snow thaw. This is especially true if your eaves were not completely cleaned before winter arrived.
What’s more, ice dams can establish themselves in the gutters throughout winter, growing and forcing themselves in and under the siding of your cottage and roof. This means that as the ice melts, potential leaks may enter your property. Check for signs of leakage both inside and outside the property, especially before the April showers arrive.