Your wood stove and fireplace should be well cleaned. Make sure you dispose of any coals and ashes safely, it will reduce the risk of fire and save you from returning to a big mess during the changing seasons. If you have a chimney, use a chimney cap or cover to stop unwanted visitors from getting in. Unplug major appliances.
Clean your eavestroughs, downspouts and inspect your roof. Leave your downspouts down to allow water to drain away from your home. This maintenance will reduce the risk of water damage through ice jams or leaks. This tip is very important even if you plan to use your cottage or cabin during the winter. Make arrangements for regular snow removal from your driveway and roof. This will ensure easy access to your property over winter and can prevent damage to your roof from a heavy snow load.
Before you lock up and head home be sure to check your seasonal property insurance policy as you may be required to check on your property at certain time intervals.