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Your Apartment Checklist: What to Do Before Heading Out for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, which often means traveling to visit loved ones or taking a well-deserved break. Amidst the excitement of planning your trip, it's essential not to overlook the necessary steps to prepare your apartment before you leave. To ensure a worry-free holiday and a welcoming return, here's a comprehensive checklist to follow:

1. Secure Your Apartment:

  • Locks and Alarms: Double-check all locks on doors and windows. Set your alarm system, if you have one.

  • Spare Keys: Leave a spare set of keys with a trusted neighbor or friend.

2. Manage Utilities:

  • Power Saving: Unplug non-essential electronics to save energy.

  • Adjust Thermostat: Set your thermostat to an energy-saving mode to conserve electricity.

3. Prepare Appliances:

  • Kitchen Appliances: Empty the fridge of perishables and take out the trash.

  • Unplug Electronics: Avoid any potential fire hazards by unplugging devices.

4. Ensure Safety Measures:

  • Smoke Detectors: Check and replace batteries in smoke detectors if needed.

  • Emergency Contacts: Leave emergency contact numbers in an accessible spot.

5. Handle Deliveries and Mail:

  • Package Holds: Arrange for package holds or ask a neighbor to collect parcels.

  • Mail Forwarding: Consider setting up mail forwarding or hold mail services.

6. Pet Care:

  • Pet Sitters: Arrange for a pet sitter or boarding, if necessary.

  • Supplies: Ensure enough food, water and necessities are available for your pets.

7. Plants and Gardens:

  • Watering: Water indoor plants and arrange for outdoor plants' care if possible.

  • Lighting: Set up timers for indoor lights to give the appearance of someone being home.

8. Cleaning and Maintenance:

  • General Cleaning: Tidy up, take out the trash and clean dishes.

  • Check for Leaks: Inspect for leaks and address them if found.

9. Notify Trusted Contacts:

  • Neighbors: Inform trusted neighbors about your absence for added security.

  • Emergency Contacts: Leave your contact information with a close friend or family member.

10. Enjoy Peace of Mind:

  • Travel Ready: Pack, plan your journey and double-check travel arrangements.

  • Relax: Take a moment to relax and enjoy the holiday spirit before you depart.

By following this comprehensive checklist, you'll leave your apartment in good order and set the stage for a worry-free holiday trip. Take these steps, and return to your home refreshed and ready to embrace the joys of the season. Safe travels and happy holidays!

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