Tips to Prepare your Secondary Home before Winter
Posted by Addie B. on October 10, 2019 in Home Focus

Before the snow starts flying, it is important to make sure your secondary home is prepared for the weather. What is important maintenance on any home, is doubly important on a home that may be vacant or have limited occupancy over the winter. To get you started, we have 5 must-do items for your home or cabin.


  1. Turn off the water. If the home will be vacant, you may want to turn off the water to prevent the risk of a leak going unnoticed and causing significant damage. Water-flow sensors are also an option if you keep the water on but want to keep an eye on things.
  2. Adjust the heat. While it may be tempting to turn the heat way down, it is important that you keep it reasonably warm to prevent pipes from freezing. Even if the water is turned off, damage to pipes is nothing to mess with.
  3. Prepare the perimeter. Be sure to perform some yard maintenance. Make sure there isn’t any debris buildup around your foundation or in your gutters. Make sure vents and downspouts are clear from obstruction so water and snow will properly drain away from the building.
  4. Have a plan. If you will be away for several months, it is a good idea to have someone you trust keep an eye on your property. Provide them with your contact information as well as any service providers you may prefer in case of emergency. You can relax knowing you have a plan in place in the event anything does happen.
  5. Lock it up. This one might be a no-brainer, but be sure to lock the doors and windows before you leave. Doing this, along with having someone keep an eye on your property, will go a long way in keeping your property secure while you are away.


Since most people choose to head south for the colder weather months, these tips are more geared toward preparations in advance of winter weather conditions. If you live in a milder climate, what are some things you do before you close your home or cabin for the season?

Addie B.
Addie has a wide range of personal insurance experience and with her position at Acuity, has been able to specialize in homeowners insurance. On top of her homeowners insurance knowledge, Addie has a good understanding of the insurance industry in general. She focuses on the consumer allowing her to play a key role in product development. Also, she is currently working towards an Associate in General Insurance designation. In her free time Addie spends time outdoors and enjoys playing and watching sports.

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