Planning an exciting getaway with friends or family this Spring Break? Here are some tips to take care of your apartment while you’re on vacation!
When most people think “spring break,” they think surf and sand, pristine mountain views, road trips with friends…or at least some quality relaxation time. The last thing anyone wants to think about while they’re on vacation is the well-being or condition of their home. But being gone for a week can lead to some problematic situations and this is, unfortunately, the prime time for break-ins and burglaries. Follow the tips below on “spring break-proofing” your apartment so that when you’re on the beach, at the lake, or in the snowy mountains with your friends and family, the last thing you have to worry about is what’s going on back home
- • Ask a neighbor for help. A simple, albeit crucial, way to gain peace of mind while being away is to ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your apartment while you’re away. He or she should also have your contact information and a copy of your itinerary in case of emergencies.
- • Adjust the thermostat. Save money and energy while you are away on spring break by setting your thermostat between 80 and 85 degrees. If the weather is mild while you’re out of town, you can even turn your thermostat off altogether.
- • Unplug electronics. Make sure you remember to unplug your toaster, coffee maker, microwave, etc. Appliances use energy when they are plugged in even if they are turned off.
- • Leave a light on. People looking to break into an apartment will look for dark, unoccupied places. It’s not a bad idea to leave a porch light on.
- • Don’t tip off criminals on the web. It can be tempting to post on social media how excited you are about visiting a certain place, but try to refrain! You never know who is reading your tweet about vacationing in Cancun or your Instagram about road tripping to Vegas.
- • Remove your spare key. It’s very easy for a criminal to look under a rock, or your welcome mat, in your mailbox, or anywhere that you may hide your key…take it with you this summer break
Most importantly…have fun and BE SAFE!