Are you planning a winter getaway in 2019? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone, as thousands of Montrealers swap the snow, ice, and darkness for tropical sunshine. But, there are certain things you need to know regarding your condo before you leave. Today, we’re listing some useful last minute tips to prepare your condo before leaving on your winter trip.
Turn Down The Temperature
Before you head to the airport to embark on your vacation, we recommend turning down the thermostat to around 17 degrees. This can save money for those who use both oil and electric heat, especially during January and February when energy consumption reaches a peak.
Plus did you know the Ateliers Castelnau condos in Griffintown are equipped with a home automation system? You can control the temperature from a tablet or smartphone, while controlling access to the lobby and the condo entrance via video call with the touch of a fingertip.
Turn Off The Water If You’re Leaving For An Extended Period
If you’re leaving for more than two weeks, we recommend turning off your water in the condo. This will safeguard your home against any leaks or blockages while you’re away. In most cases, the pipes won’t freeze – especially in a condo – but some owners prefer to put a bit of antifreeze solution down the sink and bathtubs.
Turn Off All The Lights
Did you know plugged in lamps and appliances can still draw electricity even if they’re turned off? Make sure all non-essential objects are unplugged. By doing this, you can once again save a bit of money on electricity and reduce the risk of an electrical fire.
Tell The Building Manager
Most condo owners don’t have an alarm system, so we recommend telling the building manager you’re leaving for an extended period. This way, the individual in charge can keep an eye on your place and ensure there’s no suspicious activity. We also recommend giving your key to a trusted friend who can come and check up on your home to ensure everything’s in order.
Deal With The Mail
If you’re heading down south for more than a month, we advise heading to the nearest Canada Post office and putting your mail on hold. You can also do it online now; it’s an easy way to make sure your mailbox won’t be overflowing when you return. Some snowbirds (Canadians who regularly head down south during winter) forward their mail to their vacation destination so they can keep up-to-date with their personal affairs.
Bills, Bills, Bills!
Just because you’re heading on holiday doesn’t mean you can forget about your financial responsibilities! If you’re leaving for an extended period and you’re not forwarding your mail, sign a few blank checks and have a trusted friend take care of the finances.
Another alternative solution to this problem is using online banking while you’re away. Most Canadian financial institutions offer these services for free – make sure your destination has access to Wi-Fi tor a stable internet connection.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a new condo, we invite you to discover DevMcGill’s condo projects across the Montreal region. Visit our website at DevMcGill.com or give us a call at (514) 288-4737.
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