Tips for winterizing summer cottages and vacation homes

November 5, 2010

By Staff

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It’s getting to be that time of year. Amica Insurance reminds everyone to make sure cottages and vacation homes are secured properly and offers some tips if you are leaving your summer home.

Here are a few tips for preparing your property:

  • Unplug all appliances.
  • Drain the water system to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Inspect your property for openings and remove all food to keep out rodents.
  • Adjust the thermostat. In colder climates, thermostats set at 55 degrees will help to prevent pipes from freezing. In warmer climates, air conditioning should be turned on to prevent humidity damage.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts and trim dead tree limbs.

It’s also important to make your home look lived in, Melton said. Empty houses are often targeted by thieves and vandals. To help make your house appear occupied:

  • Put interior and exterior lights on time sensors.
  • Suspend mail and newspaper service.
  • Hire someone to clear snow from your driveway.

The Institute for Business & Home Safety also offers additional tips for protecting your home at

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