Going on vacation is one of the best things to do in the summer. Whether you go to a beach, an amusement park, or a log cabin in the woods, no matter where you go, a week with no worries is something that majority of people look forward to. But before you go, do you know how to get your apartment vacation ready?
Your apartment will be vacant for the week and if it’s not properly prepared, you can scratch that “no worries” aura that vacation brings. Here are 6 tips on how to make sure your apartment is ready for vacation so you can have a carefree time away:
1. Throw away any food that could rot while you are away
One of the biggest mistakes to make is leaving food that decays in your fridge untouched for a week. You’ll come back to moldy food that has an awful smell to accompany it. Clear out the food and scrub it. Nothing like coming home to a clean fridge!
2. Make sure the person checking up on your apartment knows how everything works
A lot of people have somebody to check in on their home while they are away. Whether it is to get mail, feed the pets, or make sure everything is secure, double check that they know how to lock the door, set the alarm, turn off the lights, etc. Coming home to find your front door was unlocked during the duration of your time away or that your light bill will be escalated because they could not find the right switch is something you will not want to deal with after a week of relaxation. Also, make sure that they close your blinds if they decide to open them. This is a great way to make sure that nobody can look into your apartment and see that you are not home. If you fear that they will forget to do something such as locking the door, leave them a friendly note! A little reminder can go a long way.
3. Set your thermostat
The temperature you set your thermostat at when you are away is up to you. If you want to return to a cooler house, leaving it at 65-70 degrees is the perfect temperature. Setting the thermostat is also completely optional. If you prefer to turn it off, that is ok also. Whatever the best option is for your home and for you to not come home to a high bill is an individual preference.
4. Stop your mail
Once again, this step is completely optional but often an easy way to help you remain relaxed on vacation. Having someone to pick up your mail is great but if you have to worry about them forgetting or misplacing it, stop your mail! When you return, you’ll be able to pick it up at your local post office and go through it at your own pace. Just ask someone to check your mailbox each day in case the post office makes a mistake!
5. Clean each room thoroughly
There is nothing better than coming home to a fresh and clean house. Set aside a specific time to tackle and conquer each room. Knowing your house is clean and decluttered will increase your feeling of relaxation. Let’s be real– with all of the souvenirs and the suitcase of clothing you are bringing back from vacation, it is going to get messy again. Wouldn’t it be easier to create a new mess than to add to one?
6. Unplug all appliances
One of the most important things to remember is to unplug all appliances. Fires can start in the blink of an eye. Getting a call that there was a fire in your apartment while you are miles away from home is the complete opposite of relaxation. Even if you do not think it is a hazard, unplug it. You are not using it anyway. It is always better to be safe than sorry!
With these tips and any other vacation tips you have of your own, you will be sure to have the relaxing vacation you deserve!