You’ve bought a cottage to relax and enjoy with your friends and family, only to realize that it’s doubled the size of your honey-do list.
“Many cottagers actually find there to be more maintenance projects to complete at the cottage than at their home,” says Liz Jonasson, founder of Absolute Home Services. Between the countless trees, harsh summer rays, and heavy winter snowfalls, there are many elements that make regular upkeep essential.
At Absolute Home Services, Liz and her teams of handy people, maintenance crews and painters suggest cleaning eavestroughs, power washing decks, clearing gardens of dead foliage and weeds, and touching up siding, decks and docks a minimum of twice per year.
“A clean property doesn’t just look great. It also keeps away rodents, flies and insects,” says Liz. “It also lessens the chance of damage from mildew and mould.”
While you can take on these projects yourself during your precious off-work hours, for many the benefit of hiring out the work far outweighs the cost. By simply calling one season ahead to book your fall or spring maintenance visit, you cut down on the number of maintenance tools and equipment you need to buy and store at the cottage. You also reduce the risk of hurting yourself while working or hurting your property by doing the work incorrectly. And most importantly, you get to spend your free time relaxing instead of working.
“Our concept has always been to be a one-stop shop for homeowners,” says Liz, whose team consists of three divisions: one for handyman tasks, one for maintenance, and another for painting. “We want to save you time and energy, and keep your cottage a place of enjoyment – not labour.”
To make sure you’ll get the support you need for all your cottage projects, it’s critical to think one season ahead.
“Finding a skilled, reliable tradesperson in Muskoka during the summer can be difficult to do,” says Liz.
“You don’t need a shed full of tools, or a ton of time and energy to keep your cottage looking great,” says Liz. “We’ll help you cut up the honey-do list, and keep your property healthy season after season.”