Mail and Packages Reminder!
If you leave town, please always put your mail on hold! This can be done online at the USPS website. Accumulated mail and packages not only welcome theft but also indicate a vacant property.
If you are expecting packages and have unsecured mailboxes (front porches, etc) consider requesting the packages are signed for or have them delivered to a place of business (ie your workplace)
There is also something called Informed Delivery that I highly recommend. Again, you can sign up online at USPS. It is a free service. You will get a daily email with gray scale photo of what mail the carrier delivered that day so you will know if anything is missing. You will also be notified when packages are delivered.
It’s that time of year, please take care of your gutters!
Gutters – Rain and Leaves!
Keep gutters clear to help move moisture away from the house. Inform your property manager if they are clogged. One of the most common problems is when gutters are clogged, the water pools around the foundation and can flood basements or crawl spaces.Please keep all outdoor drains clear of leaves so water does not pool up in the yard. Keep an eye on drains on the street to help keep them clear also.
We would like to remind you of several things you can do to protect your home during this time of year when we often travel “home for the holidays” or even just leave town for a few days.
- Let your neighbors know and ask them to keep an eye our to any unusual activity. Make sure they know how to contact you if necessary.
- Have packages and mail held at the post office until you return.
- Use timers on your lights, both inside and outside so it looks like your home is occupied.
- Although it’s fun to share photos and check ins on social media, save those until your return. It’s hard to know just who will see or have access to the information that tells them your away.
- Remember your winter weatherization with hose bib covers and leave the heat inside your house at a reasonable temperature so if it does get cold, your pipes will not freeze.
Enjoy your holidays and time with family and friends.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Maple Leaf Property Management
Are you prepared for an emergency. We all hope that we never have to leave our homes or lose power etc. Maybe you’ll need to evacuate due to weather or some other emergency. This is a good time to plan ahead and create a personalized emergency kit for yourself and your family. Here are some supplies that you might include.
Have supplies. Consider putting an emergency kit together including food and bottled water, flash drive/copies of critical documents, first aid kit with spare medications, portable USB charger/solar charger and cords, small hand-crank flashlight, hand-crank emergency radio, spare set of clothes and warm gloves/hat, and spare keys/key cards and printed security codes.
If you’re going out of town, please provide us with emergency contact information.As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers this advice to stay safe during the cold weather.
Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help
prevent losing your body heat.Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t stay inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
Maple Leaf Property Management has implemented a service to have new furnace filters delivered to your home on a quarterly basis. We have found that more often than not, it is difficult for tenants to remember to change the filter quarterly, which is a condition of the lease. Changing the furnace filters provides lower annual energy costs and it also prolongs the life of the furnace, which means less maintenance. At the time of your lease extension, you will be charged an additional $10.00 per month to go toward this new Utility and Maintenance Reduction program, and you will begin receiving your quarterly furnace filters. If you would like to start the program sooner, please contact your property manager to begin service.