The holiday season is here, and for a lot of us, that means leaving town for a bit to go and see friends and family. While you wouldn’t think there’s much to do besides pack and hit the road, there are actually several tips that we recommend you do before locking up and hitting the road.
Check out the below suggestions on how to best prepare your apartment to stay safe and well-maintained while you’re away.
Put a Few Lights on Timers
Timers are a great way to hide the fact that you’re gone to an outsider while also not using energy 24/7 when you’re gone! For example, having lamps set to automatically come on in the evening and turn off around bedtime will make it seem like your day-to-day routine isn’t broken and that someone is home in the space.
Prepare Your Packages
It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid having packages sent to your address while you’re away. A package sitting at your doorstep for days on end is a pretty good sign that you’re away from your apartment. We recommend that you plan accordingly. Amazon has plenty of lockers and pickup locations, and UPS, FedEx, and others offer similar services. Be sure to utilize these if you know something’s going to be delivered while you’re gone. And bonus, most Camden leasing offices have a flyer they can share with you showing where these are located in the area!
Utilize your Chirp Access Smart Lock
Most Camden apartments are equipped with their very own Chirp Access smart door lock, and there are a lot of great functions to use on it when you’re out of town! First off, if you’ve made some new friends in your apartment community and you trust one to check on things for you, grant them temporary access through Chirp Access. You can set up timed access for them to stop into your apartment every few days to make sure all is well. They can even slip that package that arrived unexpectedly to your door inside for you! Not to mention Chirp Access will keep a log of who’s been in and out of the apartment. Remind your friend to use the Chirp Access app to lock the door behind them each time they leave. It’ll give you extra peace of mind, and you can confirm your apartment home is locked up safely.
Practice These Maintenance Tips
Our amazing maintenance team will tell you that these few maintenance tricks are vital before leaving your apartment for a few days. First off, don’t turn your HVAC system completely off. Instead, keep it running at a lower/higher temperature. In the summer, set the AC to something warmer than usual, no higher than 85 degrees. Keep the heat running at a lower temperature in the chillier months, no lower than 50 degrees. Of course, keep all windows closed and blinds shut while you’re away, to not make the system work harder than needed to cool/heat your space. Additionally, be sure to unplug any small appliances you may have. For example, suppose the apartment experiences a power surge while you’re away. In that case, having your appliances unplugged can prevent them from damage and eliminate fire hazards.
Remove All Trash From Your Apartment Before You Leave
Clearing out the fridge and taking all the trash out is always a good idea when you’re away. Not only does this prevent you from coming home to smelly trash and expired food, but it can also prevent pests. The good news is, many Camden communities have doorstep trash pickups multiple nights per week. So set your trash out the night before you leave, and your apartment will be trash-free the next day when you leave! For most, your home is your most precious space, and we know how important it is to know that it’s well-maintained and kept safe while you’re enjoying a vacation. Thankfully, Camden apartment communities have a lot to offer to help ensure a stress-free time away!