Things are finally starting to warm up here on the Cape. Summer will be here before we know it! If you are one of the many seasonal residents that returns to the area this time of year, you’re starting to think about opening your home for the season. Use this checklist to make prepping your home for the summer simple. In no time, you’ll be ready to start enjoying another season of fun in the sun.
To-Do List for Seasonal Cape Cod Residents
1. Turn on Utilities
Contact any local providers you use (cable, internet, electricity, etc.) a month in advance to have your utilities turned back on before your arrival.
TIP: Contact your local plumber to turn on your water supply. While doing this, they can evaluate your plumbing system and water appliances to ensure they are in top working order. Do not turn on any water appliances until your supply is back on.
2. Stock the Shelves
Send someone to the store to get provisions for a well-deserved meal and anything else you like to keep in the house. Don’t forget to plug in your refrigerator!
3. Check for Damages
Winters on Cape Cod can do a number on houses, especially when unoccupied. Check for signs of water damage and scan the exterior for gutter, window, or roof damage.
TIP: Want to skip this step all together? Sign up for home monitoring to ensure that your home is cared for when you are away. Our Home Monitoring Service uses a combination of a modem, heat sensors, and fuel tank rocket to keep an eye on indoor temperatures and fuel supply during the winter months. This equipment notifies Snow’s when signs of heat-related issues occur and a Snow’s representative is dispatched to check your home and resolve any problems — before any major damage is caused.
4. Do a Safety Sweep
Test light bulbs and electrical outlets to make sure they are functioning properly. Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. It is highly recommended to schedule a tune-up for each of your heating and cooling systems, which will ensure they are operating safely and using energy efficiently.
5. Clean & Set Up Your Space
Make sure you have all the cleaning supplies you’ll need (like a vacuum, extra bags/filters, mop, sponges, etc.) to tackle dust and debris that accumulated during the off-season. Pull out the patio furniture, vacuum pillows, scrub down tables and chairs, then take a seat. You’re home for another summer!