Leaving your apartment rental vacant for an extended period of time while you travel can be a little bit unnerving. There are so many things you have to remember to do before you go! Making a checklist before your departure is a great way to not miss a single step! Here are a few things you might want to add to it.
Inform Your Landlord
The first phone call you should make once your plans for extended travel have been booked is to your landlord. He/she has a vested interest in the well-being of the property (and in your happiness as a tenant) and so this simple act may encourage them to take the extra time to check up on your apartment rental while you are away. It will also allow you to arrange for any financial obligations you have to your landlord to be taken care of before you depart. If you will have somebody staying in your home while you are away, this phone call will also help to prevent your landlord from thinking you are in breach of the lease and allowing others to live there…which brings us to our next tip!
Consider an Apartment Sitter
Hiring an apartment sitter to come in and maintain your space while you are away is a great way to ensure that nothing happens to your home during your absence. Keeping your apartment rental occupied will also deter thieves. Additionally, a good apartment sitter will keep your space neat, grab your mail (so it’s not piling up in your message box) and take care of your house plants!
Find a Pet Sitter
If you have a furry friend living with you in your apartment rental, you obviously won’t want it being left alone for any extended periods of time. Some apartment sitters will also take care of pets, but if you don’t want anybody staying in your home, you’ll want to arrange for alternate accommodations for your pets well in advance of your travel time. Good pet sitters are hard to come by and for that reason, they book up very quickly!
Adjust Your Thermostat
To avoid a costly electric bill when you come back home, be sure to adjust your thermostat to a comfortable temperature before you leave. Typically, leaving it set at around 78-80 during the summer and cooler during the winter will help you to cut down costs and keep the A/C or heat from kicking on constantly.
It might seem like overkill to race around your apartment rental unplugging all of your small appliances, but you’re better safe than sorry! For one thing, these appliances can start fires. For another, they all use electricity even when you’re not using them, so it’s another easy way to cut down your electric bill while you’re not home.
Consider an Alarm or Cameras
There’s a lot to be said for having peace of mind while you travel. If you are a worrier and know that concern for your home could prevent you from fully enjoying your trip, you might want to consider installing an alarm or a camera system. Security cameras are super accessible these days and relatively cheap, available in pretty much any big-box store as well as all over the internet. They are easy to install and most will link up to your smart phone so that you can have constant visual access to what’s going on in your apartment rental no matter where you are.
Draw Your Curtains
Drawing your curtains prior to traveling is another easy way to deter anybody that might be snooping around your place without good intentions. It’s also another easy way to keep your electric bill low as you keep out the heat of the sun or insulate against colder winter weather.
Prepare for Your Return
Lastly, take a little time to get your apartment rental prepped for your return. Wash your sheets and clean up so that you walk back into a tidy space and don’t feel like you have a million things that have to get done. You might even consider pre-cooking some food for your return and freezing it so that you don’t even have to think about heading to the grocery store immediately upon your return. Any ways that you can prepare your space in advance will allow you to come home and settle right back into your routine without additional stress.
Are You Searching for an Apartment Rental in Hattiesburg of the Surrounding Areas?
If you’re searching for an apartment rental in the Hattiesburg area, you’ll definitely want to reach out to the team at Hattiesburg Apartments! We’ve scoured the city to find the best apartment rental opportunities in the area, ensuring that our clients find a home they love at a price they can afford. Take a look through our current database of available properties and reach out to schedule some walk-throughs.