The High Price of Being a Technologically Smart Cottage

The High Price of Being a Technologically Smart Cottage

It’s almost crunch time now. 4 weekends left for us until the rental season starts. This year, a major hiccup has occurred at the cottage. Our satellite TV has suddenly failed. And the only way for us to get the TV back is to switch to a different carrier. Too mch drama just trying to get an installation guy to even have a look and try to resolve it. Maybe move the satellite a few degrees to the left? Or…

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How To Spring Clean Without Stressing

How To Spring Clean Without Stressing

Spring is now in full swing. And for short-term vacation rental property owners like ourselves, it means the start of sprucing up and getting your cottage in “rental mode” (sorry, I really like making up my own words for fun). Everybody has some sort of home cleaning guide and to-dos and what not. They are in every single home magazine and websites out there. Even the Wal-mart magazine I have grabbed the other day has one. But if you are…

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The Best Haliburton Ice Cream Shops

The Best Haliburton Ice Cream Shops

I “scream” for ice cream!   Our no fail list of ice-cream stops Summer is fast approaching and nothing excites us on our weekly trips to the cottage than the ice-cream stops! It’s a routine. The weekend is not complete without it. Like many other cottagers that line up to these shops, we have a mission, and the mission is to find the best ice-cream stops on our way to and from the cottage country – and ours is the lovely…

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How We Maintain Our Septic System

How We Maintain Our Septic System

Why it’s important to maintain your septic Spring is finally here! And the big “thaw” is finally happening. Soon you will see some dirt sprouting. There was still quite a bit of snow last week here in cottage country. Depending in where your cottage is, there can still be a lot of stubborn snow pile here and there. We are one of them, being in the highlands. When spring cleaning starts inside for most people, we tend to address ours…

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Creating a Blog in WordPress

Creating a Blog in WordPress

Why do people create a Blog When we first started our short term rental business with our smart cottage (click the link to read our journey), creating a website, much more creating a Blog never even crossed my mind. We are new cottage owners and really have no idea where and how to start the rental business, that a blog is the last thing in our to do list. Fast forward 5 years later, I wished I have started sooner….

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How To Make Money From Your Cottage

How To Make Money From Your Cottage

How I use my computer to make money or generate income from our cottage. Start Making Money Okay, let’s start getting real here. I will be lying to you if I say that our cottage was bought, purely for our enjoyment purposes only. Naaahhh. Not us. We do not have that financial capability just yet. Sure we are enjoying it most times. 3 seasons to be exact. Unfortunately, the most enjoyable season for me and most of us I guess,…

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Air Exchanger – Do You Need One?

Air Exchanger – Do You Need One?

  What is an air-exchanger? Let me first say that I am not an expert on this matter. All I know is that we needed to install one after building our brand new deck. So, to give you a basic understanding of what an air exchanger does, it simply protects your basement or crawl spaces from permanent damages caused by humidity, mold and mildew. It will exhaust all the unwanted odour, dangerous air-borne spores and chemicals in your basements. If…

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A Smart Way To Winterize Your Cottage

A Smart Way To Winterize Your Cottage

Winterizing Your Cottage On A Budget You might think this post is a little late. I was thinking the same. But you know what, it’s never too late or too early to prepare for the unexpected. Maybe you are planning on buying your first cottage this spring, or next fall. You might as well plan ahead and make sure you research a lot about winterizing your cottage. Is there really a smart way to winterize your cottage? I hope I…

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Buying A Waterfront Cottage – Our Journey

Buying A Waterfront Cottage – Our Journey

Our cottage hunt, our journey begins here … Setting Your Cottage Goal So we finally decided to take the big leap. I still remember the day when we sold our house, started renting so we can purchase our cottage. Tears flowing non stop for at least 5 mins (maybe less, it just seemed so long) when the day came to lock the house one last time, never to come back. That was our dream house! Once settled to our new…

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About Us

About Us

OUR STORY   Thank you for stopping by our “Smart Cottage”. A website/blog that mainly talks about the ups and downs of owning a waterfront cottage and how my husband and I are trying to make this our “smart” cottage. You see, 6 years ago, in our late 30’s and early 40’s, we boldy and maybe blindly jumped in and just follow our hearts to embark into this journey to the unknown called cottaging. Knowing nothing, from how the mortgage…

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