Living on your own as a young adult comes with a lot of responsibilities, especially if you are renting an apartment, townhouse or single-family home. When renting, it’s important that you are taking the steps needed to ensure the safety and upkeep of the property you rent, even while you are away. For college students or military who recently moved away from home for the first time, here are some tips to consider when heading out for your next vacation.
1. Turn off gas stoves
Many houses and apartments in Warrensburg are equipped with gas stoves. If you are used to electronic stoves, you may not be aware of the importance of making sure your gas line is functioning properly and most importantly, when to turn it off. If you are away from your home for a long period of time and don’t have a house sitter or roommates, it is crucial that your gas line be turned off in case there were ever to be a gas leak. By turning off your gas, you are preventing leaks which ultimately prevents house fires.
2. Lawn care
Depending on your rental agreement, you may need to arrange lawn services while you’re away. Based on the time of year you choose to go out of town, you could come back with dead grass or grass that is almost as tall as you are. If you live within city limits, there is an ordinance requiring grass to stay a particular length. The last thing you’ll want is to come home and find a ticket or nuisance complaint on your front door.
3. Mail service
To keep your mail from overflowing in your mailbox, you may want to take advantage of your Hold Mail service. You local post office will hold your mail while you are away for three to 30 days. This is very important because most mail is filled with personal information; for example, bank statements.
4. Adjust your thermostat
Not only will adjusting your thermostat while you’re away help with your electricity bill, it can also prevent mold. During summer months, t is not recommended to turn off your AC completely. When you keep air circulating throughout the home you are able to control humidity and mold.
5. Ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your place
If you plan on being away for several weeks or even months, you may want to arrange to have someone you trust such as a friend or friendly neighbor to check on your place a few times a week or month. It is important to know your home is safe while you are away, especially if someone you don’t know notices you are gone. Having someone make a presence a few times a week or month allows you to have peace of mind that your home and your belongings are safe!