The kids are back in school and the leaves will start to change soon. You may have just a few more weekends to enjoy your place up north, so it’s not too soon to start thinking about closing it up for the season.

Here are a few of the best suggestions we found.

  1. Outside
    Walk around the outside of the cabin. The grass may need one last cutting.  Riding toys and mowers should be winterized and stored.
  2. By the Water
    Pick up, rinse off and store beach toys. Dry and store kayaks and canoes. suggests stacking them on sawhorses or a rack. Make sure they are out of view from the lake or the road. And if you have a chain or lock, it’s a good idea to use those too.
  3. Windows
    Check to make sure the windows close properly. Look for air leaks around windows and caulk as needed.
  4. Kitchen
    Be sure to clear out any perishable food. If you leave dry goods, seal and store them in airtight containers away from sunlight. Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm airflow to un-insulated pipes – usually those under the sink or near appliances.
  5. Speaking of Pipes recommends insulating pipes in crawl spaces. Wrap them with heat tape or thermostatically-controlled heat cables. Remember to drain pipes if you don’t heat in the winter.

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