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How to Care for a Mountain Cabin

How to Care For a Mountain Cabin

A cabin is the perfect escape for families and friends. A quiet place up in the mountain is perfect for all seasons, however the cabin is not your full time residence. There are a couple things you need to do regularly to keep up the maintenance for your mountain cabin. 

  1. Check the cabin roof every time you go. This may sound a little excessive at first but your roof needs to be in good shape. The roof goes against weather, wild animals and much more. Depending on how frequently you visit your cabin, it could be months before getting a chance to re-evaluate the roof. Whether it is a summer or winter cabin, you do not want the roof to cave in. Inspect it regularly, especially by the chimney and rooflines. 
  2. Keep mold away by performing constant inspections. Chances are, the materials used to paint have preservatives that keep mold away, but that doesn’t mean they stay effective forever. A mountain cabin is especially susceptible to mold from excessive moisture. Mold or mildew build up will look like a black or green film on your house.
  3. Before leaving the cabin, cover up the gutters and downspouts. Leaves, dirt, and debris can pile up in the gutters. If the blockage is severe enough, it will cause a water leak into the interior of the cabin. If your cabin is old enough, consider replacing your gutters all together with leaf-blocking gutters. This way you can leave your cabin worry free all year long. 
  4. Lastly, the best thing you can do for your mountain cabin is to deep clean it. Power wash and scrub the outside surfaces of your home at least twice a year. Cleaning your cabin really well will prepare the house for when you return next. Along with cleaning, comes repairs. You should be staining  your cabin once every three years and sealing the cabin annually. Performing a deep clean at the end of your stay will help with all the other steps previously mentioned. A deep clean will give you an opportunity to assess the roof, clean out and check the gutters and lastly, get rid of any mold that may be growing. 

A mountain cabin is the perfect getaway but it does maintenance and up-keep to make it sure it stays enjoyable. Perform regular inspections and repairs to ensure your cabin is in good shape. After all that, have fun and enjoy your retreat in the mountains. Reach out to Graystone Mortgage if you have ever wanted to own a mountain cabin.