5 things condo owners should do before going on vacation
Any home or condo needs some preparation before you head out on a vacation. Especially if you are expected to be away for a longer period of time. This may be particularly true for snow birds, empty-nesters or downsizers who like to go to warmer places during the cold winter months in Canada!
Here are five things you should do to get your condo ready for vacation before you leave for your trip.
1. Inform your property manager
You should let your property manager know the duration and dates and you and or all of your family be away. You may be required to fill out a form with information on how you can be contacted in case of an emergency. If you have asked a friend of family member to enter your unit in your absence to let’s say water your plants, drop off your mail, or to look after your pets, you must give your condo manager their names and contact numbers. Ask your visitors to bring identification with them.
2. Arrange for known person to check your suite
If you are expected to be gone for more than 30 days, you might be required to have someone periodically check your unit. Leaving your home vacant for more than 30 days could void your insurance policy. Make sure to call your insurance provider to see what steps you should take.
3. Move your car out of the garage
This may or may not be necessary, but if your building has scheduled a garage cleaning during the time you’re away, you’ll need to move your car out of the parking space so they can clean without obstruction. Again, some friend or family member could assist you with this in your absence.
4. Unplug all your devices
This includes televisions, kettles, toasters, coffee pots, lamps, computers etc. These devices still use energy when they’re plugged in, even if they’re turned off. Not only will you save power, but you’ll also be protecting your devices from power surges that may occur while you’re away.
5. Keep your thermostat on
If you’re vacationing in the winter, prevent your pipes from freezing by setting the thermostat between 10 and 15 degrees. This will ensure your unit stays warm while you’re away. Please also ensure that all your windows and balcony doors are shut tight.
Condo Living comes with lots of benefits, but also some responsibilities. Condominium Corporations for condos in Mississauga may have some specific rules, make sure you follow them. It is prudent for the safety of your condo unit and your belongings. Plus it is always good to have peace of mind while on a vacation!