Everyone needs to protect their home over the Christmas period, but student housing is often more vulnerable than most. Leaving a house empty for up to a month requires security precaution, and the possibility of snow, storms or floods needs to be considered. Here are our top tips for keeping your student home safe over the Christmas break…
- Set the heating to a timer so that it comes on (on a low heat) a couple of times a day for a couple of hours. This will stop your pipes from freezing and prevent any other frost damage. It will also ensure that your home will not be freezing cold when you return.
- Clean! You will kick yourself if you come back to a dirty house, which has been festering for weeks. Take out the bins, empty the fridge (no-one wants find mouldy month-old pasta!) hoover and check under the bed for any old food or stinky socks!
- Now’s the time to check your locks. If you think any may need changing, bring this up with your landlord now. You’ll need to lock everything before you leave to prevent break-ins, so if there’s any doubt, get it fixed.
- As a further precaution, set up lamps on timers to make it look as though the house isn’t empty. Cancel any deliveries such as milk or catalogues which could build up and indicate there’s no-one home.
- Let your landlord know when the house will be empty. They can then check on the property in the event of bad weather and keep an eye on things. If you know anyone else on your street who will also be around, ask if they can let you know if anything seems wrong, or even give them your landlord’s number for emergencies such as a burst pipe or collapsed roof.
If you’re starting to property hunt ready for the next academic year, check out our available student housing now, and be sure to download our student housing guide. It’s full of tips for finding a student house, as well as handy hints on how to save money, what you can expect from your landlord, and check-lists for moving in and out of student accommodation. Feel free to contact us with any queries on 0800 500 3015 or using our contact form.