Now that summer is over, and the cool fall and winter weather is setting in, it is a good time to make sure your summer vacation home is prepared for the dropping temperatures. Keep these tips in mind to ensure you summer home is properly closed up for the winter.

  • Turn off the water. Make sure that the water is turned off at the main supply point, which is usually located on the outside of your home.
  • Drain all waterlines. Open all faucets in your home and drain out all the water. Also make sure to drain the toilets and water heaters to ensure that they are not damaged in the freezing cold.
  • If you turn off your electricity during the winter, you will not have to worry about this. However, it you leave the electricity on, make sure to unplug all appliances, including your microwave and TV to ensure that they are not damaged in a power surge.
  • Clean out the kitchen. Take out any open or food from the cabinets, and empty out the refrigerator. Make sure to clean the inside of the fridge and counter tops so that insects and rodents are not drawn into your home by the smell of food. Also make sure not to leave any trash in the house.
  • Spray a rodent repellant under the sink and on kitchen counters to deter any critters from making your summer home their winter home.
  • Store all of your outdoor furniture in a cool, dry place so that they are not damaged in the cold weather.

Most importantly, make sure that your summer home is protected with the right homeowners insurance policy. For all of your insurance needs throughout Minnesota to protect your vacant summer home this winter, contact North Central Insurance.