Dear Valued Resident,
With the harsh winter temperatures rapidly approaching we would like to remind you of a few tips that will help you in your apartment home.
1. Test your heat now to insure that it is in proper working order. Place the thermostat on the HEAT position/Auto at your desired temperature. NOTE: It is common to smell a strong odor the first couple times you use your heat. This will dissipate shortly. If you have any issues please contact the leasing office to have a service request placed.
2. When temperatures drop below 32 degrees you must have your heat on at all times! This is not optional as your pipes could freeze causing extensive water damage. Place the thermostat on the HEAT position/Auto at a minimum of 55 degrees to avoid frozen pipes. If you have a faucet located on an exterior wall of your apartment home it is recommended that you leave your cabinet doors open so heat can get inside to prevent the pipes from freezing. In addition you should turn your cold water on slightly so that it trickles this too will help keep the pipes from freezing. NOTE: If you have a planned winter vacation it is imperative that you DO NOT turn your heat off while you are away! It is always good to notify the management staff that you are leaving so that they can check on your pipes in your absence.
3. Lastly, if you do not have Renter’s Insurance we highly recommend that you get it! Many renters do not realize that if their personal contents, their neighbor’s person contents or the actual apartments are damaged or destroyed due to water, fire or Mother Nature that the landlords insurance does NOT cover the damages. For example: If your pipes freeze and burst causing flooding in your apartment and into a neighbor’s apartment you are then responsible for not only your repairs and replacement but also for your neighbors as well. Renter’s Insurance is very inexpensive as it typically runs around $120.00 per year. This may save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages if something were to happen. If your neighbor were to cause damage to your apartment home and personal renter’s insurance would cover your belongings “if” your neighbor did not have any coverage. Please protect yourself!
Have a safe and happy holiday season!