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.
We are off to another beautiful summer! However, we had little rain in June and July is shaping up to be hot and dry as well. Therefore, you all need to water! Even dormant lawns and mature landscaping need a thorough dousing to avoid stress, and possible dying.
Seattle Public Utility Guidelines are:
The Seattle Public Utilities recommends that you water shrubs deeply, but infrequently when the weathers starts to get warmer.
Most plants do best if the soil is allowed to partially dry out between waterings. For lawns, a loss of shine or footprints showing indicate that it’s time to water. Vegetables and other annuals should be watered at the first sign of wilting, but tougher perennials (plants that live several years) only need water if they stay droopy after it cools off in the evening. Trees and shrubs usually don’t need any watering once their roots are fully established (two to five years) except in very dry years.
If a lawn is allowed to go dormant in the summer (turn brown) the lawn will still need a good soaking every month in the summer to remain healthy. If you choose to let your lawn go dormant and you have dogs, be aware that this can cause more damage to the lawn and the lawn may need to be aerated and overseeded in the fall to bring the lawn back to good condition.
Here is a link to the City of Seattle “Smart Watering” guidelines if you are interested in more information.
Remember to water in the evening to minimize evaporation.
Maple Leaf Management LLC
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.