Cottage Opening Form


In 2021, we will be discontinuing the practice of mailing our cottage service letters/forms. Instead we will be sending these communications to you exclusively via email. You should have received an email from us last Fall, and again in February of 2020, notifying you of this change with the letter and appropriate forms attached. If you did not receive these notifications, please send an email to so that we can confirm that we have the correct email address. We will reply with the letter/form(s) attached—please also make sure you mark us as a trusted sender to help ensure that future communications reach you. You can always access the online versions of the Opening and Closing Forms on our website,, where you can also find any policy or procedural changes that may affect these services.

Below is our Cottage Opening Form. The information on this form plays a very important part in planning for your arrival. Please fill it out and submit it to us to ensure your cottage is opened as quickly as possible!

If you would prefer to call us to arrange for your cottage opening, be sure to have this form on hand when you call.

As you plan your trip back to Northern Michigan, please keep the following in mind:

—We may need to turn the heat on in your home to allow it to warm before turning the water back on. If this is necessary, to prevent potential damage from frozen pipes, it will require an additional trip and the cost will be added to your invoice.

—You may need to arrange to have your driveway plowed or to have debris such as fallen branches removed in order to allow us access to the house.

—We require a minimum of two (2) weeks notice to schedule your cottage opening. If you employ a cleaning service or will be having workmen at your home who need access to water please be sure to give us the required notice before they are scheduled to begin. If we do not receive sufficient notice to schedule your cottage opening, extra charges will apply.

—If you are a DTE customer and arranged for them to lock your gas meter in the fall, you must contact them to have the meter unlocked again. DTE will not unlock the meter and resume gas service unless there is water to the house. Please call us to schedule the opening FIRST and then contact DTE to resume gas service.

Servicing of your heating and/or cooling system can be done prior to your arrival if you request it. The technician who will open your house is not equipped to perform heating or cooling service. A technician specializing in HVAC will be dispatched to perform this service and you will receive a separate invoice.

If there is anything special we can take care of for you such as water softener salt delivery or an additional repair, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Please note: By submitting the form below, you are authorizing W.W. Fairbairn & Sons to enter your home and preform the requested services. If you have any questions, or need to change details after submitting the form, please call us at 231.548.2244

To access a printable form or a copy of the opening letter Please click the links below:

Online Fillable Cottage Opening Form

    If you arranged with MichCon/DTE to lock your meter last year, remember that you must call them
    to resume service. Please remember that water must be on before DTE will turn on the gas.

    Please note that we monitor our online inquiries daily. However, if this is an emergency or you need a quick response, calling us directly is still the best form of communication.