Going on Vacation? Prepare Your Apartment Before You Pack

Couple packing for holiday, trying to close suitcase full with cSummer is here which means more people are going to be out of their apartments and enjoying some long, well-deserved vacations. You’re looking forward to your own, but before you start packing, you need to take care of your apartment. You shouldn’t have to worry about how things are back home while you’re sitting on the beach or exploring a new city. So take care of these things early so that you can enjoy the most of your vacation.

Notify the Property Manager

Never go away for an extended period of time without telling your property manager. They need to know if you’re not there in case of an emergency or if they need to enter your apartment while you’re away. Give them a number to where you will be staying too — that way they can contact you in an emergency.

What Will You Do With Your Car?

If you’re flying and leaving your car at the apartment, where will it be parked? Not all apartments have assigned parking, which means your car might have to sit on the street during your vacation. If you can, park it at a friend’s house or family member’s house with a driveway so you don’t have to worry about your vehicle.

Schedule Your Rent Payment

If rent is due while you’re away, schedule a bill pay so that it goes out. If you can, try paying it early that way you don’t have to worry about a late payment or missing a payment because you were too busy on your vacation.

Put a Hold on Your Mail

If you go on vacation, you can put a hold on your mail with the post office. This will prevent your mailbox from filling up with mail while you’re gone. Also, while you’re putting a hold, schedule the rest of your bills to be paid while you’re away too.

Turn Down the Thermostat

You won’t be there, so there’s no need to keep your apartment comfortable. Turn down the thermostat while you’re away so you can save some money. If it is going to be hot, keep the thermostat around 80 to 85 — that way you don’t come home to a stifling hot apartment.

Get Someone to Check On Things

While you’re away, have a friend or neighbor check on your apartment. They don’t have to go in, but just taking a look to make sure the door isn’t open or even checking on your car in its assigned stall can give you a little peace of mind.

May 2014