Leave Home With Peace of Mind

  • By Meadow Brook
  • 13 Dec, 2016

Top 10 things to remember before leaving for winter break

Happy Holidays from Meadowbrook!
Have a safe and happy holiday season from the Meadowbrook Crew!!

1.   Make arrangements to pay January rent.
January is the easiest month to forget to pay your rent. You can certainly pay your rent online, but if you want to avoid the transaction fees, you can pay your rent before you go or leave a post-dated check with the office. (We can hold post-dated checks as long as they are dated before January 5!)

2.   Keep the heat turned on.  
Your lease requires you to leave the heat set to 60 degrees during the winter months, even if you are away from your apartment.  

Why? -->The heat from the apartments in the building is enough to keep water pipes running smoothly.
          No heat = frozen water and broken pipes.  
          Broken pipes = lots of water running all over.  
       Who pays for this damage? -->Whomever turned their heat off.

3.     Clean perishables from fridge; keep fridge turned on and plugged in.
While not completely necessary, getting rid of perishable food now can help your first day back at your apartment smell a little more pleasant.

4.     Unplug any non-essential appliances and electronics.  
Televisions, stereo equipment, computers, coffee makers, air filters, plug-in air fresheners. . . these are all items that can be unplugged while you are gone. And if you’re still old-school *ahem* like myself and you still have a stand-alone alarm clock, unplug that, too. Your neighbors will REALLY appreciate that.

5.     Take out all trash
After just a few days, any garbage can get a little ripe. And if you’ll be gone for a few weeks. . . well. . .

6.    Hold or forward your mail with the post office
Even if you are someone that “doesn’t really get any mail”, you should still hold your mail with the post office. While most of the stuff you receive is probably junk, it can build up really quickly. Once your mailbox is full, real mail starts getting returned to sender.

7.    Fill out package release form with the office.
If there is even a chance that you may receive a package while you are gone, come to the office and fill out a release form. We can extend our normal two-week limit to fit the time you will be gone.

8.    Inform the Meadowbrook office that you will be gone; give an emergency contact.
And while you are at the office, make sure we have an emergency contact for you during your absence—just in case.

9.    Make sure all windows and sliding glass doors are CLOSED and secured.
While you may have personal or cultural reasons to keep windows open in the winter, please close them while you are gone. Open windows can make it easier for someone to break into your home while you are away, and the cold air can freeze the water pipes (see #2).

10.  Before you walk out the door, make sure that no water is running.
Stick around just long enough to make sure the toilet stops running when the tank is full. Then you can be on your way!

Questions? Call us before you leave! 785-842-4200
By Meadow Brook 07 Jun, 2017

I realize it’s been a while since my last post. In that time I’ve been packing, cleaning, and generally preparing myself, my son, and my cats for the big transition. Here are a few tips that I can pass on from the past few weeks.

By Meadow Brook 03 Mar, 2017

It’s a cold weekend in February. I am kid-free and have no plans this particular Sunday afternoon. In order to keep my moving prep on schedule, I decide that I’m going to go ahead and get my walls cleared off and prepped.

No big deal, right? Just need to get nails out and fill the holes. It’s 2pm--I’ll be done by dinner. . .

[Skip ahead 4 hours] . . .Not done yet. . .

By Meadow Brook 03 Feb, 2017

I’ve moved several times throughout my life; in college, I moved in and out of dorms every semester; after college, I lived in several different residences before settling down at my first apartment here at Meadowbrook; and now, after ten years in the same place, it’s time to move again. 

As I prepare to move this summer, I thought it would be a great opportunity to post a series of blogs to help others who will be moving this year. This first installment involves paring down one’s possessions . . . or getting rid of STUFF! 

By Meadow Brook 13 Dec, 2016

1.   Make arrangements to pay January rent.
January is the easiest month to forget to pay your rent. You can certainly pay your rent online, but if you want to avoid the transaction fees, you can pay your rent before you go or leave a post-dated check with the office. (We can hold post-dated checks as long as they are dated before January 5!)

2.   Keep the heat turned on.  
Your lease requires you to leave the heat set to 60 degrees during the winter months, even if you are away from your apartment.  

Why? -->The heat from the apartments in the building is enough to keep water pipes running smoothly.
          No heat = frozen water and broken pipes.  
          Broken pipes = lots of water running all over.  
       Who pays for this damage? -->Whomever turned their heat off.

By Meadow Brook 21 Nov, 2016

It’s the week of Thanksgiving. For most people, this is about the time when the cravings for turkey and pumpkin pie overwhelm any desire to be productive. For me, it simply means I have four days to get my apartment clean before family comes over. . .

By Meadow Brook 16 Nov, 2016
Many times in the last several years, the leasing team has sat in the office discussing topics that come up often in our line of work; these topics include educating new renters, methods of passing on relevant information to residents without being too aggressive, and even finding unobtrusive ways to connect the different types of people in our community.  Most of the time these conversations end the same way--with lots of ideas, but no immediate plan of action.  

We finally decided to start the "Meadow-blog".  

To some, jumping on the blog bandwagon at this point may seem a bit outdated--even "passe".  But hey, better late than never, right?  

In all seriousness, though, we aren't writing a blog just to write a blog.  Our goal here is to create a hub of information that will be useful to our residents, both current and prospective.  In the immediate future, we plan on passing on helpful cleaning tips (which may be very useful before moving out of a home), fun DIY decoration projects that won't damage your home (i.e. affect your security deposit), resources (both physical and online) that may be of use to people in our community, and lease reminders (including dates that are important to remember.)  

We have no set timeline for our blog posts, so we'll post as we have the time to create content.  And hey--if you have an idea for a post in the Meadow-blog, let one of us know.
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