Preparing for an extended absence from your Tulsa apartment? Whether you’re visiting family, traveling for work, or going on vacation, it’s important to make sure your apartment is ready for an extended absence. Here are some simple steps you should take before leaving your apartment for more than a few days.
Notify The Leasing Office
Notifying the leasing office of your absence is important in case we need to enter your apartment while you are gone (e.g. for maintenance or in case of an emergency). Be sure to mention any expected visitors to your apartment during your absence such as a pet sitter or relative. And let us know the best way to contact you while you’re gone, in case we need to get in touch.
Take Out Garbage & Recycling
Nothing’s worse than coming back from a long trip to a smelly or pest-ridden apartment. Avoid this by making sure that you’ve taken out any trash and recycling, including any perishables in the fridge that could expire while you are away. While you’re at it, go ahead and clean up any messes that could attract ants, flies, or other pests.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Adjusting your thermostat will ensure that you don’t waste money on utility bills while you’re gone. We don’t recommend turning your thermostat off entirely, but depending on the season, set your thermostat so that your central air or heating doesn’t have to work too hard to maintain a constant temperature.
Unplug Large Appliances
Another tip to save money on utilities you won’t actually be using is to unplug your large appliances. This could apply to your dryer, TV, computer, and any other major appliances you may have.
Put Valuables & Important Documents in a Lockbox
Although our community is safe and break-ins are rare, it’s worth making sure your most important valuables and documents have an extra layer of protection. A lockbox is a simple way to protect what matters most and is hardest to replace, such as family heirlooms, tax and identification documents, and other necessities.
Close and Lock All Doors & Windows
It should go without saying, but we had to include it: close and lock your doors and windows. Seriously. And while you’re at it, close the blinds too. This helps prevent others from being able to tell your apartment is vacant, which reduces the risk of break-ins while you’re gone.
On the off-chance that you forgot to lock your apartment when you left, please reach out to the office and let us know! We’d be happy to keep your apartment safe by locking it for you.
We hope these tips will help you prepare for the next time you need to leave your Tulsa apartment! If you’d like to see any tips and recommendations from us in the future, make sure you bookmark our blog page for easy access to upcoming posts. Finally, if you don’t want to miss out on special promotions, community updates, and events, follow us on Instagram!