When the semester break starts, you’re probably focused on enjoying the holidays and some down time form studying. You may not be worrying much about your apartment, but you should. When you’re going to be gone for any length of time, there are some things you’ll need to take care of prior to leaving to ensure you’ll come back to a pleasant, safe apartment.
Have Your Mail Forwarded
Even if you’ll only be gone for a week or so, having your mail forwarded protects you against identity theft or robbery. Thieves are always watching for empty apartments to break into, and mail that’s piling up is often the first indicator that residents have gone away, leaving their apartment ripe for the picking. Some student apartments for rent near SUNY Cortland have postal boxes in lobbies while others require a post office mailbox. Either way, experienced robbers can easily monitor your mail.
Empty the Fridge
All foods and beverages should be either eaten or disposed of so you don’t come back after semester break to rotting or spoiled food. You’ll also save on electricity, since refrigerators use less electricity to stay cool when they’re empty. Consider inviting friends over to help you eat everything a few nights before you leave, then toss the rest. This is also a great time to thoroughly clean the interior of your fridge and freezer.
Provide Care for Your Plants
Most people living in apartments have a few plants around to add greenery and freshen the air. Don’t forget to make sure they are properly cared for during the semester break. You can either take them home with you or arrange for someone living nearby to stop by and water them and make sure they’re getting enough light.
Turn Down the Thermostat
While you’re away, turn down the thermostat to 50-55 degrees. This will keep your heating bill lower while you’re gone, but it won’t take long to heat up when you return. Student apartments for rent in Cortland will generally warm up in just a few hours.
Turn Off and Unplug Lights
Before you leave your apartment, make sure all the lights are turned off except perhaps for one to provide illumination and make your apartment look lived-in while you’re gone. Unplug the rest of them to minimize the risk of any electrical cords overheating. Also unplug computers and other small electronics.
Ask Your Landlord About the Water
Some people turn off their water over the semester break, others let the faucets drip to prevent possible freezing lines. In some cases, this isn’t necessary. Your best bet is always to ask your landlord what he or she would like you to do. They can advise you and you’ll earn points for asking. Landlords with apartments for rent in Cortland always appreciate a thoughtful tenant who is looking out for their apartments!
Close Most Blinds and Windows
If you have plants, you’ll want to leave a few curtains or blinds open so the plants get sufficient sunlight. Otherwise, close most of your blinds and drapes so others can’t see in. You don’t want people to see that no one has been home for days. You also don’t want them to see what valuables you may have in the apartment.
Take Out the Trash
This sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to miss one. Check the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom trash cans and toss the trash right before you leave so there isn’t any lingering garbage left to molder and create a stink when you return.
Finally, let your landlord or the property manager know what dates you will be away from your apartment during semester break and provide contact information. This way they can contact you if something were to happen at your apartment while you’re away. With the proper preparation when you leave for semester break, there will be not unpleasant surprises when you return to your SUNY Cortland apartment.