The semester is FINALLY over! You made it! You get to come back for another semester. But first, you need to get back home and see your family for winter break and the holidays… and eat lots of food! I have added some tips and tricks to make leaving for winter break not so stressful.
First and foremost, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, turn off your electric/utilities.
Second, this is the biggest and most costly mistake tenants can make: Turning your heat too far down. A lot of people think they can save money by turning the A/C unit completely off or below 56 degrees… WRONG. If you don’t set your heat to at least 58 degrees, pipes can freeze, things can short circuit, your apartment will be super cold when you get back and you will just end up running the heat to get back to a good temp which is going to cost you… its just bad all around.
Reminder: Any damages created by you, can, and most likely, will be billed back to you.
Next, make sure you lock up. Check your windows and doors, clothes any blinds or curtains. I would advise taking any valuables with you. Of course, take your pet if you have one. Its not a bad idea to leave a nightlight plugged in near a visible window or door, they don’t take much energy and they only come on at night.