Whether you are traveling for the holidays or staying home, here are a few great tips on maintaining your apartment while you’re away.
3 Tips to Maintain Your Apartment While You are Away:
1) Toilet seat up – Men, this is the one and only time you will not get in trouble for leaving the toilet seat up. You probably won’t have a problem if you are only gone for a week or so, but we’ve found that if a toilet lid is down for an extended period of time, mold sometimes begins to grow on the seat. Who wants to clean a moldy seat after a long drive home?
2) Don’t be surprised by a few bugs. When a place is left vacant and undisturbed for an extended period of time, it is very common to see a few spider webs and a few dead bugs lying around. If you notice this when you come back from break, it does not mean your apartment is infested with bugs or that you need it sprayed immediately. Just do a little vacuuming when you get back and things will be back to normal. You can also reduce the chance of bugs by making sure you do not leave out any food or crumbs before you leave.
3) Leave heat ON – You might be tempted to turn the heat off. Logic is that you may save a few bucks by not heating an unoccupied apartment. This logic is very flawed. If temps fall well below freezing, it is likely a pipe in your apartment will freeze, expand, then burst. Burst pipe = flood = thousands of dollars of damages. Keep your heat on and turned to at least 55 degrees.
2 Tips on saving on your monthly heating bill:
1) Use window treatments wisely.Keep blinds and curtains open during the daytime to let in sunlight. The more natural warmth you can get, the less you’ll need to pay for heating. Also, close your blinds and curtains after sunset to keep the warm air inside and prevent cold air that may be coming in through openings in your windows from spreading into your apartment.
2) Move furniture away from the vents. Take your heating system into consideration when arranging the placement of your furniture, even if you move in during the summer. Avoid placing sofas or other large pieces of furniture directly in front of a low wall heating vent or on top of a floor vent. If your options are limited, be creative. For example, if you must keep your sofa along the wall where a vent is located, move the sofa a foot or so away from the wall to allow the warm air to circulate.