If you’re like me, you probably travel quite a bit and therefore leave home a lot. I live in an apartment in New York City and have since I left my parents’ house at 17. So, how do you prepare your apartment for a long leave of absence to be safe and save some money? You have to take a few precautions, especially if you’re not Airbnb-ing it out. Here is some useful advice for preparing your home for vacation.
Call the Cable Company
Yes I know everyone hates the cable companies, me included. Sadly, you have to deal with them so you might as well save some money when you leave town. Put a hold or cancel your cable for the period of time you’re going to be away. Certainly cancel the premium, expensive channels and cancel your Internet service that you won’t be using. It’s that easy and then just reactivate them when you get back. There’s no need to spend a few hundred extra bucks if you’re away.
Tell Your Neighbors or Doorman
Tell someone you trust that you’ll be away and hopefully they can get your mail for you or check in on your apartment every once in a while. I always have my doormen do this. This is also great if you have plants that need watering or a cat, bird or fish to look after. Dogs you need to give to someone full-time.
Make Sure Your Fridge is Empty
I’ve forgotten to do this multiple times and come back to a stinky kitchen. Don’t leave food in the refrigerator because it will go bad and your fridge and apartment will smell. Get rid of everything that can spoil before you leave. Personally, I empty out the freezer as well, not that I have anything in mine anyway—I eat out every meal!
Make Sure Your Faucets Are Completely Off
This is so important because your apartment could flood or you could get water damage if you aren’t careful with leaky faucets. This is another reason to have someone check in on your apartment but at the very least give it a last check before you leave.
Call the Power Company
You can actually cancel your power while you’re away. This is a good way to save some money but could cause a bit of a hassle to reactivate it later on so weigh that option. If you’re not using the power the bill shouldn’t be that high anyway.