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It’s vacation season! Everyone is packing up and seeking out summer adventures, leaving their homes behind. But of course vacation is only temporary and home will be waiting when you get back. If you want your return to be as pleasant as your departure, you’ll want to take the necessary precautions. With this step-by-step timeline of to-dos, you can keep everything in order at home while you are away…



Make Necessary Arrangements

Around 2-3 weeks out, make all necessary arrangements, like reserving any boarding for pets or home sitting. For long absences, you might considering booking a house sitter or invest in a camera system for monitoring your apartment while you are away. Take care of any immediate needs for maintenance or care around your home, like repairs or landscaping. You don’t want to come back to a ton of chores or worse, unexpected expenses.

Check Your Billing Schedule

A couple weeks before you leave on vacation, check on your bills! The last thing you want to see while you’re on vacation is an overdue notice! Remember to review all your typical bills in advance and prepare. You could pay bills early or schedule payments to avoid missing any deadlines. It’s also good to pay any delinquencies to avoid issues or service disconnections while you are gone.

Give Proper Notice

One week before you travel, let people know! With discretion, give notice to property managers and confirm all maintenance requests are completed. It’s good for management to know of your travel pans to avoid any alarm and to prompt informed oversight of your unit. Let trusted neighbors know you’ll be out—they can also keep watch. And ask a neighbor bring in your packages!

Research the Weather

A few days prior to your vacation, check the weather conditions that are expected around your home. Be sure to adjust your thermostat for the current season or any potential extremes in temperature. In case of high winds or storms, you’ll want to bring patio furniture, decor, and plants inside. If extreme winter weather is a possibility, prepare by leaving some dripping faucets and setting the thermostat to a warm temperature. For winter weather advisories, check out these tips on How to Prepare Your Apartment for Winter Weather.

Clean Up Your Place

The night before you leave, be sure to review your calendars, reminders and handle any last minute tasks. Make some time for a quick clean-up. Tidying before you leave home can go a long way. Cleaning can save you lots of embarrassment should maintenance or staff need to enter your apartment while you’re gone. Plus, there is no better feeling than coming home to a clean apartment!



Portofino Apartments Always Feel Like Home

We like to say the best part about traveling is coming home, especially to an apartment home at Portofino in Lubbock, Texas. With the modern floor plans and unparalleled amenities of home at Portofino, this is always true. Contact us to learn how you can enjoy all the simple pleasures of Portofino apartments!

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