Your Recreational Property Opening Weekend Checklist

Posted by on Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 11:07am.

With summer just around the corner, it’s finally time to open your recreational property!

There’s no need to overwhelm yourself thinking about the cleaning, chores and making sure that nothing is left at home - we’ve compiled a simple checklist of tasks you need to do, so you can make the most of your opening weekend!

Before you go...

  • Electricity - Make sure your electricity is turned on. Plan to do this a week or two before you plan to open your property.

  • Insurance - Be sure that your property is insured and you know where the documents are. Don’t forget about other things too, like your boat and trailer.

  • Keys - Remember all the keys you’ll need. Track them down and make sure you bring them with you.

  • Toolkit - Put a toolkit together. You will need tools this weekend. Figure out which ones you’re going to need and pack them.

  • Cleaning - Gather some cleaning supplies. You’re going to need to do a little bit of cleaning this weekend (i.e. clothes, cleaner, mops, broom, etc.)

  • Batteries - If you’re going to need batteries for any electronics, flashlights, etc., then charge them and pack them.


  • Check for any damage to power lines, phone lines, the chimney, the deck, the dock, windows, screens, and under the deck at the posts, pads, and beams.

  • After surveying your property, head inside and check cupboards and countertops for signs of mice or other animals, and look for any water damage that may have occurred over the winter.

Tuning up

  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Make sure your fire extinguishers are charged.

  • Clean the eavestrough.

  • Clear any large branches off the house and trim any that may have become too close to your home over the winter.

  • Replace any filters that may need to be changed.

Turning on the taps

If you have a pump that draws directly from a lake, here are the steps to get it up and running.

  • Inspect all lines for signs of damage.

  • Replace the pump filter.

  • Prime the pump.

  • Open a cold-water tap in your cottage, and be sure the cold-water valve to your hot water tanks is closed.

  • Switch on the water pump in the panel box.

  • Open all valves between the pump and your cottage.

  • Open all cold water taps to remove air from the system.

  • Close all the taps and look for leaks and hissing.

Once your water’s running, you need to fill your hot water tank with water before turning it on. Here are the steps you should follow to ensure you do it right.

  • Be sure the hot water tank is off, and all your taps are closed.
  • Connect a hose to the drainage valve and run it outside. Open that tap.

  • Open a hot-water tap.

  • Close the drainage valve.

  • Turn on the cold water intake to fill the tank.

  • Watch the open hot-water tap. Once water is flowing through it, the tank is full.

  • Turn on the hot water tank, and watch for leaks.

    These are the big things, and you’ll want to ensure you’re covered for the miscellaneous items, too - think of water safety, sunscreen, bug spray, groceries, and toiletries. Now you’ll be all set for a safe and enjoyable summer/fall season in your recreational property.

If you are looking for a recreational property in the Alberni Valley, give the Dave Team a call at 250-723-7653!

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