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How to Get your Holiday Cottage Ready for Winter

Regardless of whether you intend to close your cottage over the winter or not, winter-proofing should be an essential part of your thought process.

Cottage holidays used to be very seasonal, but now they are a year-round way to bring in

revenue. Unless you have essential reasons for closing which would require the property to be empty, there is nothing forcing you to close down your cottage rental, but there are things you can do to keep up with ongoing maintenance and ensure the long-term running of your property.

It's important to understand the impact that the change of seasons has on your holiday home.

Even if your property is booked on a year-round basis, ensuring you implement adequate safety measures and precautions can help guard against the elements and ensure you avoid lasting damage to your holiday let.

Within this guide, we'll aim to cover all critical points for 'winterising' your cottage, whether you intend to remain open or close.

With years of experience behind us, we will be able to guide you through all the checklist points that keep you running without any setbacks, and most importantly keeping your guests safe and cottage healthy.

Even the most basic safeguards will ensure a smoother operation, and attention to detail such as this makes all the difference to your guests’ sense of wellbeing and overall satisfaction whilst on their holiday.

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Winter Checklist & Preparation Guide

  1. Keep your property heated

    No matter how you choose to do this, be it from more bookings and short breaks, or short but daily periods of heating the empty spaces, using your pipes will prevent the water from freezing in them and stop them from bursting. Have a plumber check your boiler at least once a year.

  2. Check for leaks

    Check anything that has a water supply to it. Perform regular checks on your water pipes, showers, baths, dishwashers, washing machines, and the fittings and valves on all of these items, to ensure that nothing is leaking or cracked. If so,

  3. Clear the gutters and drains

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