A Complete Guide to Winterizing Your Cottage


Fall has arrived, and much cooler weather is just around the corner. Every morning, breath rises into the air in cloudy puffs, grass tipped with blue frost. Vehicle owners often tuck a snow scrapper in their trunk… just in case. This is the time of year when winterizing your cabin is important!

We’ve compiled a helpful list: everything you need to know about winterizing your cabin before cold air blows in – so you can enjoy your winter wonderland cabin in the cold weather or rest easy until warm days of summer have returned.

1. Board/ Seal Windows

Sealing your windows will keep nature outside. During the winter months, if your cabin is empty, boarding windows prevents raccoons and other curious creatures from creeping inside. There is no need to start next summer with a furry yet unwelcome face.

2. Toss Extra Food

Canned food is absolutely okay to leave over the winter, as long as it is sealed in a heated cabin. If you plan to completely turn off your heat, take the canned food home or give it away. Perishable food is not okay to leave (even in a heated space). Bundle up, have a final cookout, and throw the extras away. Even leaving a bit of food in the fridge or pantry will result in less-than-pleasant smells and a possible mold explosion.

3. Turn Water & Electricity Off

Burst pipes are perhaps one of a cabin owner’s worst fears. Water damage is destructive and expensive to remedy. The simple solution? Shut down the water system. When you are ready to leave the cabin for the winter, follow these steps:

  • Shut off electrical switch to the water system
  • Shut off water valves
  • Drain hot & cold water taps
  • Drain toilet tanks & bowls

Finally, shut down the electricity.

4. Cover Furniture

Draping mattresses, and any other desired furniture, with sheets minimizes dust or fading from sunlight.

5. Perform Repairs & Small Tasks

Check for any damage on the roof and make repairs, if necessary. Rooftop repairs are especially important before the first snowfall. After repairing the roof, check the gutters for debris buildup and clear. Both cracked or raised roof shingles and gutter blockage can lead to water damage.

Outside Checklist:

  • Clean and store boats
  • If applicable, mow the lawn one more time
  • Winterize gas-powered equipment
  • Rake leaves. Have a (carefully observed) bonfire!
  • Store any outside decorations, such as flower pots or fire pit decorations
  • If you’re enjoying your cabin during the winter, make sure your sports gear is ready for action! Where are your snowshoes, skis, and snowmobile?
  • Consider cleaning your septic tank.

Inside Checklist:

  • Set thermostat to an ideal temperature. Typically, this will vary with your region.
  • Restock first-aid kit
  • Clean furnace filter
  • Close fireplace damper and seal box – this provides another layer of protection from letting nature inside.

Lake On Company

At Lake On, we believe every season should be enjoyed to its full potential! Winterizing your cabin is the first step to diving in and enjoying the blustery winter months… while waiting in anticipation for the warmth of the sun.

The second step in preparing for cooler weather is shopping for stylish (and cozy) apparel! Take a look at our inventory. We live life to the fullest, in every season, with stylish clothing and accessories. Take a look for yourself – and Get Your Lake On!