Preparing Your Apartment Before a Vacation
Vacations are a time for you to unwind and escape the reality of school or work. However, before you head out to Costa Rica for a few weeks, there are certain things you should do to ensure your home is prepared for your departure. Here are some helpful reminders of what needs to be accomplished before departing to your dream destination.
Notify the Office
Be sure to notify the office and your manager when you are departing and when they should expect you to return. Doing this puts an extra set of eyes on your home. If they see any action around your home, then they will know something isn’t right. They can inspect your unit to make sure no one is trying to break in or cause damage.
Also, it’s smart to have your mail deliveries paused at the post office, or redirected to the office if that option is available.
Before you leave, be sure to secure everything. This includes the front door, the back door, the bedrooms, and anything else that has a lock. After you lock everything, be sure to double check the locks to ensure that they are working.
Turn Electronics Off
The odds are that you are already spending quite a bit of money on your vacation. Save yourself an unnecessarily high electric bill by shutting off all electronic devices before you leave. Even better, you can unplug devices such as lamps and game consoles to save even more money.
Adjust Your Thermostat
There is no point in leaving the air conditioning running full blast in your apartment if you are leaving for an extended period of time. Therefore, you can turn the A/C up and the heat down. According to Bounce Energy, during the summer months, set your thermostat to 85 degrees. For the winter, set your thermostat to 50 degrees. Doing this will save you considerably on your next electric bill.
You can also request for your water valves to be turned off under the sinks and toilets if you cannot do it yourself.
Take Out the Trash
Lastly, make sure you take out the trash before you leave for your vacation. Leaving leftover food in the garbage can create some nasty smells upon arrival from your vacation. Simply throwing away your trash in a nearby dumpster is an excellent way to ensure that you come back to a fresh smelling home.
Also, keep in mind you might have perishable food in the refrigerator. Be sure to go through and either give the food to friends/throw away any food that will spoil before you get home.
Once you have completed all of these tasks, you are ready to jump on an airplane and go someplace where you can sip your Mai Tais in peace.