Nine tips for closing up your cabin for the off-season

Key insights:

  • Dock and boat maintenance are critical if you want to enjoy life on the water next spring
  • Focus on shutting down all appliances and systems safely before you board up your home
  • Hire a local caretaker to watch over your home this winter

Closing up your lakeshore cabin is never as exciting as opening it up, but it’s important to protect your waterfront property during the off-season. Here are nine insights you can use as you close up your cabin for the winter.

1. Bring in the dock

Unless you have a dock that can withstand ice, you’ll need to bring yours in this winter. Roll-in-and-out docks and floating piers should take 2-3 people, but you’ll have to call in reinforcements if you have a standing dock.

2. Winterize the boat

To winterize your boat, follow the manual, this 10-step general process or hire your local marina to do it for you. Remember to cover the boat securely or to get it professionally shrink-wrapped to protect it from the elements.

3. Store cushions, rafts, life vests

At the start of your last weekend Up North, begin drying out anything made of fabric — including outdoor furniture cushions, life vests and pontoon canopies. To prevent mildew, make sure these items are 100 percent dry and store them in a well-ventilated area.

4. Check for window leaks

Shake windows to see if they rattle. If the frames aren’t secure, add caulk to the perimeter to seal them off. Chip off any paint or debris that prevents the windows from closing and locking tightly.

5. Check corners, roof and eaves for entry points

Check corners, floorboards, eaves and other nooks and crannies for holes that may be big enough to let in unwanted winter critters. Seal up the gaps using steel wool, which mice and squirrels cannot chew through.

6. Turn off the water and plumbing

If you plan to shut down the cabin for the entire winter, you’ll want to bleed the pipes and shut down plumbing completely. Begin by shutting off your main water valve, then follow these tips from This Old House to make sure you cover all your bases.

7. Check the furnace

If you won’t need heat for the entire winter, turn the furnace off. Vacuum the inside and check its filter to ensure it’ll be up and running in the early spring months. Your early-spring-cabin-fever self will thank you

8. Unplug all appliances

Start with the kitchen and move through every room to be sure that nothing is plugged in. Don’t forget to check behind couches for power strips.

9. Hire a “check-in” caretaker

If you have a friend or neighbor who stays in town year-round, ask them to check in on your place from time to time. You’ll rest easier if you know that someone is alerting you of suspicious activity and checking the interior for water damage or critter invasions.

Prep for spring. Buy now!

If you buy a lakeshore home or cabin now, you won’t miss even one day on the water next spring. Browse lake homes and cabins for sale in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, or reach out now to discuss buying a lakeshore home.

Neighborhoods of Woodbury, MN

Welcome to Woodbury Minnesota, 55125 & 55129, the best of Woodbury MN Real Estate.

Woodbury offers some of the most desired neighborhoods and Woodbury MN was voted one of the best places to raise a family. SEE: Latest Report.

Money Magazine rated Woodbury among the “best places to live” in July 2010.
Woodbury ranked 13th on the list of top 100 U.S. cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000, and was one of five Minnesota cities in the top 20.
Association Free Top Neighborhoods are East Meadows and Summerlin, featuring New Construction Masterpieces built by local Brandl/Anderson starting in the lower 400’s

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Woodbury Community

Woodbury Real Estate Overview

Woodbury, Minnesota, is one of the fastest growing cities in Minnesota. Until the mid-1950s, Woodbury was farmland but as the Twin Cities metro expanded eastward, the city quickly was quickly developed with both residential and commercial construction. Woodbury is now the 10th largest city in Minnesota, and shows no signs of stopping. As a result, Woodbury real estate is in extremely high demand as families move to the St. Croix River Valley area.

Located less than 10 miles southeast of St. Paul, Woodbury is the perfect suburban retreat for those who work in the capital city. However, many Woodbury residents work even closer to home. The Hartford and Target Corporation are located in Woodbury, and 3M, Minnesota’s largest employer, is located in neighboring Maplewood. As the city continues to grow in population, more and more companies are forming their headquarters in and around Woodbury. The strong local economy is just one reason Woodbury is a great place to call home.

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The pros and cons of selling your home in the fall

Key insights:

  • Fall can be a difficult time of year to move if you’re a buyer or seller with school-aged children
  • Fall buyers are typically highly motivated, meaning that sellers could get a fast path to the closing table
  • The Midwest’s gorgeous fall season makes it easy to show off the natural beauty of a neighborhood and the homes within it

Thinking of selling this fall? We analyze the pros and cons to give you insights you can use as you make the call.
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How to Make a Good First Impression

How to Make a Good First Impression

When showing your property, you only get one chance to make a good impression. The following are some suggestions that can increase the desirability of your property to potential buyers. And help you sell at the best price, in the least amount of time.

When showing your property, you only get one chance to make a good impression. The following are some suggestions that can increase the desirability of your property to potential buyers. And help you sell at the best price, in the least amount of time.
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How long does it take to build a new construction home?

Key insights:

  • Depending on customizations, a new construction home can take anywhere from three months to one year
  • By purchasing a less customized home, you may be able to expedite your timeline
  • New construction buyers can attend the Parade of Homes to get a better feel for developments and home styles

As you might expect, the development timeline of a new construction home is dependent on the customization done to the property. Let’s look into the three types of builders and how their customization and timelines vary.
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What Sellers should NEVER say to Buyers


By Judi Wolfson and Elaine Shreiber


The door bell rings, you grasp the knob, and throw one last glance around. As your daughter quickly puts the vacuum cleaner away, you open the door with a big smile. There stands an agent and prospective buyers.

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Request Excellence

Did you know….. You can request Excellence. As a client, you may be assigned to a realtor, but as the client, you can request the Best!

Requested Relocation Realtor Justyna Johnson along with Edina Realty provides the very best the St. Paul/Minneapolis area serving Woodbury, Maplewood, Cottage Grove, Lake Elmo, Stillwater, Oakdale, West Lakeland and Eastern Wisconsin. Request Justyna for your relocation needs and be “wowed”. Recipient of the Edina Realty Silver RELO award. Specially Trained to assist you with all relocation companies. Preferred agent with Your Relocation Company including: Sirva, Cartus and many more.