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Now that the holidays are approaching, a lot of people are beginning to think about travel. If a person’s job allows, you will generally see people leave for at least four or five days in a row around this time of the year. This is a time to get to see family and get away from a lot of the stress that we have in our daily lives. Unfortunately, it is also a time when people can get swept up in the feeling of the season and forget little things that should be done before they leave. Here are some things to remind your residents of if they are leaving for an extended period of time.
1. Lock Your Doors And Windows. One of the biggest problems that we see around this time of the year is people breaking into homes. Always remind your residents to lock their apartment up tight no matter how long they will be gone, but especially if it is for more than a few hours. The last thing they, and you, want is to come back from a nice trip to find everything ransacked and things stolen.
2. Forward/Hold Mail. Depending on how long someone is going to be gone, you will want them to have their mail taken care of. One of the biggest tips that someone is not home is a buildup of mail and newspapers that are left outside. If they will be gone more than three days, they can submit a form online which allows the post office to hold their mail until they come back. If they will be gone for longer than 30 days, the local post office must be contacted. If your resident doesn’t want to hold their mail, always suggest having a trusted neighbor or friend come and pick it up instead.
3. Pets. If your resident has pets, make sure that there will either be someone coming to take care of them or that they are being placed in a kennel while they are away. It isn’t fair to you or the animal to be left alone for extended periods of time in the apartment.
Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of the season, some things get forgotten. These are a few things that you should always make sure that your residents think of before they leave town.

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