Preparing your apartment for vacation

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The arrival of summer means windows-down road trips and vacations to sun-drenched beaches. But before you hit the road or board the plane, don’t forget to get your apartment ready for its vacation from tenants.

Inform Apartment Manager And Neighbors

Tell your manager how long you’ll be out of town and the best way of reaching you while you’re gone. A trusted neighbor can keep an eye on your place and notify you if something seems amiss.

Hold The Mail

Draw less attention to the fact that you’re away from home by filling out an online form to have the post office hold your mail until you return. Avoid making online orders that will arrive when you’re gone or have a neighbor pick them up for you.

Make Animal Arrangements

If your pet isn’t making the trip with you, arrange to leave them with a boarding service, friend, or family member. Inform the caretaker of any special instructions on food or medications.

Don’t Waste Energy

Remember to adjust your thermostat so you don’t waste energy while you’re gone – particularly if you do not have pets. Setting the temperature at about 80 degrees will save money and energy while not letting it get too humid in your home.

Get Unplugged

Did you know that appliances consume energy when they’re plugged in, even if they’re turned off? Unplug units such as your TV, coffeemaker, toaster and computer to avoid paying for them while they’re not in use.

Don’t ‘Share’ Absence On Social Media

We know it’s fun to post your vacation experiences with friends on social media, but try to avoid letting the wrong people know you’ll be gone prior to your trip. Limit your posts during this time and share a huge photo album of your experiences when you get home.

Tidy Up

Arriving home after a nice vacation can be stressful enough as you get “back to reality” mourning the fact you’re no longer on a beach, cold drink in hand. Treat yourself to a clean, organized apartment upon your return. Trust us – you’ll be glad you did.

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