What To Do Before You Leave Your Apartment or Home Over the Holidays

Do you have an exciting trip or family vacation plans this holiday season? If so, it is important to prepare your home or apartment for your extended leave. We will discuss some key actions you should take before you leave, so you can enjoy your break worry-free. When anticipating a trip, it is easy to let crucial tasks go unfinished and preparation beforehand seems like too much unless you have an organized list to go by. Aside from quadruple checking your luggage and destination itinerary or getting your pets to the animal borders, there are a few things you should consider in advance to protect your home or apartment so you can have peace of mind while away.

One of the first things to consider is letting your trusted family, neighbors or property manager know you are leaving so they can monitor your place and belongings. Having an “all’s good” text while you are enjoying yourself can lower any anxiety you potentially could incur if you did not know at all. They can also collect any mail or packages you receive during your absence so you know they are safe and taken care of. The last thing you want to do after returning from a nice, relaxing vacation is walking into a dirty home. It is not the most exciting planning portion of the list, but tidying up and cleaning out the fridge, dishes and trash will feel very rewarding when you get back so you can get right back to focusing on your normal routines again. Cleaning before the vacation isn’t just for your own sanity; it also will prevent possible disasters like stink or fruit flies. When you are frantically cleaning the house and packing your bags, it is easy to forget the obvious things. For instance, the last load of laundry you forgot to put in the dryer. Try to avoid the souring smell or damage to your items by double-checking the washer! 

To save on your energy bill and avoid a possible electric fire, make sure you unplug all the electronics in the house like routers, televisions, computers and unused chargers. If you have a more modern thermostat you should be able to use a “away” feature that will regulate your heating and cooling so you can return to a comfortable home temperature. A good precaution for potential break-ins is putting your outdoor or visible from the road lights on timers or leaving some lamps on. It is pretty simple to upgrade to smart bulbs if you have the time, but regardless you will want to take the curiosity from an intruder. Double check your parking situation and make sure your car is locked with no important belongings whether it is in the closed garage, airport lot or apartment community. Lastly, make sure you check all your windows and doors and make sure they are securely locked, especially the seldom-used ones as they are easily overlooked. These seemingly tedious tasks will be greatly appreciated in the long run when you return from a restful vacation to see that your efforts left your possessions safe and secure (and clean)! 

Secluded yet accessible, tranquil yet minutes from countless recreational possibilities, South Pointe Apartments and Homes is setting the standards for excellence in apartment and rental home living. If you’re searching for a home that gives back to our planet, call us today to schedule an appointment at (251) 971-3800 or visit us online to learn more.

What Our Residents Have To Say

My boyfriend and I applied for a South Pointe home in the Summer of 2020. Turns out, someone applied for the same house about 30 minutes ahead of us! Sarah and the office staff were very helpful, and processed our application and put it down on the next available house. Me and my boyfriend LOVE the house we live in. We have lived here since August, and have not had a single issue. The houses and neighborhood are both really quiet and kept so clean! I love not having to cut my own grass! They are also pet friendly (which is hard to find). They even plan fun and safe events for neighbors to come together (while practicing social distancing), and enjoy the neighborhood. I can’t wait for it to warm back up so we can enjoy the pool and other great things offered while living here. We plan to stay here for quite some time!

Brelyn James
South Pointe Resident, Google Review

I promised my roommate if we made it through hurricane Sally and got everything back to normal, I’d 5-star this place. The constant updates when there was news, the free meals, and quick clean up . Really this would have been a nightmare without this team. I will never forget their kindness.

Tiger Waffle
South Pointe Resident, Google Review

Moved to Foley about 7 months ago and decided to lease a house at South Point Apartments & Homes. My husband and I couldn’t be happier with our choice. The office staff and maintenance crew are excellent! The location is WONDERFUL! Far enough from the beach to escape that traffic yet just a 15 – 20 minute drive when the ocean ” calls “.After owning for most of our life it’s wonderful to not have any upkeep or yard maintenance as it’s all provided. The saltwater pool, nice clubhouse, dog park and wooded areas all provide nice amenities that are well cared for.

Kate Upchurch
South Pointe Resident, Google Review

I have lived here at South Pointe apartments for almost 3 years. It is the best community and apartment complex I have ever lived in. Not only is it quiet, you are surrounded by trees and other beautiful landscapes. Maintenance is friendly, quick and I trust them to be in my place when I am not. The office is courteous and very helpful (they also love to spoil your pups with treats anytime they see them!) I’m very excited to renew my lease for the fourth time since moving to the area. You won’t find the charm and seclusion in any other complex in Foley.

Janelle Schocke
South Pointe Resident, Google Review

I am beyond impressed with my experience living in the South Pointe Apartment Home community! The ladies in the office go above and beyond in making sure tenants are comfortable and satisfied with their homes. The genuine care and understanding of the staff is something I have never experienced while living in previous apartments. Not to mention the exceptionally well-kept property; from the luscious green grass and the beautiful trees that create the perfect amount of sunshine and shade. The community amenities are spectacular as well; the olympic size saltwater pool, the grassy green fenced in dog park, multiple sidewalks, the well-kept fitness center and even a community garden. To top it off, all the neighbors I have met have been extremely friendly and kind, which is just icing on the cake. South Pointe Apartments stand apart from other apartments in the area; from the beautiful landscape and calm serenity, to the superb amenities and the friendly, caring staff always willing to help. I recommend South Pointe Apartments to anyone looking for a place that they can truly call home.

South Pointe Resident, Google Review