It's almost that time of year yet again, with the 2016 season rapidly approaching to a close and all static caravan and chalet owners waiting in anticipation for a "bit of a rest" before it all starts again for 2017.
But it is important to make sure your winterisation is all organised before you put your feet up for a few weeks.
ETK have put together a few guidelines to help:
Check your park regulations:
Holiday Parks all have different "rules" over the closed season: some allow the Owner access to the Holiday Home, (usually between set times), & some don't, so do remember to check with your park before you close-down!
If you are permitted on site during close, it is worth popping down to your Holiday Home a couple of times to have a quick check if you can.
- Remove all the seating cushions and stack away from outside walls: use a "teepee" method. Ideally, (if you have room), NOT on the floor, as this can sometimes attract mould or damp on the covers. If you have room at home to store: perfect! (But not practical for most!)
- Take the curtains down, (good opportunity to wash through for next season!)
- Move all mattresses away from the outside walls
- Although security are on park through the Winter months, along with other members of staff, most parks will recommend that all items of value are removed from the Holiday Home
- Most parks supply window signs stating that no valuables are present in the Holiday Home
- If you do leave blinds or curtains in the Holiday Home, most parks will ask that you leave them open, so security can see inside when patrolling
- Don't forget to lock all windows and doors when you leave!
- May seem obvious: but turn all appliances off & un-plug!
- Defrost the fridge / freezer and leave the doors open, (prevents any nasty smells)
- Turn the boiler off: if you have central heating, some will recommend that you leave the system on the lowest setting for the duration of the Winter months
- Give the Holiday Home a good clean; by cleaning the floors, windows and fittings, you minimise any risk of mould or bacteria forming
- Don't forget to empty all cupboards of food!
- Don't cover any vents:- these have been specifically designed to be secure and won't provide access for unauthorised visitors, however they will eliminate damaging condensation
- Do a quick visual check around the outside of the Holiday Home
- If you can, remove all leaves or moss from the guttering. This will allow the rain water to flow through the drainage system correctly, reducing any chance of roof flooding which could lead to leaks or damp forming inside
ETK's Handy Tip!
You've most probably been told to leave bowls of salt around the Holiday Home to absorb any moisture and some parks even supply bags of salt for this purpose....
ETK can recommend using cat litter instead, and if you mix in some washing powder, the Holiday Home smells lovely when you go back next season!
That all important "drain-down":
Usually the Holiday Park offers this service, at a cost, or it is possible to process the "drain-down" yourself or employ someone off-park to do it for you. However: there are 2 very important facts to find out first!
- Check that your park allows you to drain-down yourself... usually if your insurance is through the park, this is not an option for you and the park will insist it is done through them
- Check with your insurance company that you are covered if you drain-down yourself. Most have no problem, as long as the drain-down is done
What needs to be done?
- Turn the electricity off at the main supply, (usually an outside box)
- Turn the electricity off at the main fuse box, (usually in a wardrobe)
- Turn the gas supply off. Ideally gas canisters should be removed and stored inside, but we all know this is totally impractical and not even the park will do this:- so just turn the tanks off, (turn the knob on top of the tanks)
- Turn the main water supply off, (usually a stop-cock under the Holiday Home)
- Turn all the taps on, one-by-one, and the shower, until they run dry. Leave them ON and make sure no plugs are situ
- Flush the W.C until there is no water in the cistern
- Find your Holiday Home's drainage taps, (usually under the Holiday Home) and turn on to remove any water left in the pipes, (you may need a spanner to open the taps), leave them ON
- Pour antifreeze into all plugholes, the shower and down the W.C to prevent residual water freezing in the system and causing damage. It doesn't hurt to put some salt in the sinks as well.
Once all of the above has been done, wave goodbye to your Holiday Home until next season and concentrate on some advertising to make a start on the 2017 bookings!
(Don't forget ETK are constantly advertising throughout the year:- you can add your Holiday Home by following the steps on our listing blog!)
Opening up again!
Before you know it - it will be time to open up again!
- Turn your electricity back on at the outside box and inside fuse box
- Turn the gas supply back on
- Turn the boiler on
- Turn the taps off inside, close the drainage taps outside and then turn the water stop-cock back on. Check each set of taps, shower and W.C are all working correctly
- Turn the fridge / freezer back on
- Then it's time for the "big clean" before you move all the furnishings back in place. You may find a few insects have found there way into the Holiday Home over the Winter months, so be prepared!
Enjoy your break!
ETK wish you a successful 2016 close, along with a few less-hectic weeks ahead to put your feet up and take a break ....
But don't forget: although all the "change-overs" and cleans are done and dusted for another season, the Holiday-World never stops and there are still plenty of guests out there looking for their next holiday.
Get a head-start on the 2017 season and list your Holiday Home with ETK, then you can put your feet up for a while and sit back watching those enquiries rolling in!
Planning a quick holiday?
If you are contemplating treating yourself to a quick break away over the closed season: don't forget that cottage holidays don't have a closed season!
ETK have over 7,500 stunning cottage holidays on offer throughout the year, just click on the link that takes your fancy and hit that "Book Now" button.
Go on, what are you waiting for?!