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Mail and Packages Reminder

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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.

Gutters – Rain and Leaves!

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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.

Home for the Holidays

Are you going home for the holiday?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Have packages and mail held at the post office until you return.
  3. Use timers on your lights, both inside and outside so it looks like your home is occupied.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

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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.

Emergency Kit

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.

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week begins on October 7th. This is a topic we always talked about in school but as adults it’s not often a topic of conversation. It is good to be aware however and remember that fire can happen anywhere. Be prepared!

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Keeping Your House Cool On A Budget

fanKeeping your house cool on a budget is something we all strive to do. It can be a challenge but there are a few simple tricks that can make a difference.

  1. Close your blinds. When the sun comes through your windows 76% of the energy becomes heat. Closing the blinds will make a significant difference!
  2. Use a fan! Using a stand alone fan or a ceiling fan is more energy efficient than an air conditioning unit.
  3.  Cook outdoors. Using an outdoor grill is far better than using your oven which will heat up your kitchen.
  4. Unplug your Electronics.  When  you unplug your electronics, you not only save energy  but you prevent them from creating residual heat.
  5. Change your sheets. Flannel sheets and fleece blankets are great in the cooler months but lighter fabric such as cotton will be much more comfortable in the summer.

Soon the hot summer months will be a memory but these steps will help you be more comfortable in the moment.

Alexa and Maple Leaf Management

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We continue to hear what our smart devices can do and developers continue to make new apps. The older apps also continue to have upgrades and new features. Now we’ve learned that Alexa can help you out as well! If you are a tenant in a property that Maple Leaf Property Management manages, and if you have an Amazon device or app that uses Alexa, you can now submit maintenance requests by voice.

Alexa Skill Integration

Amazon Alexa integration is here! Residents can now download AppFolio’s My Property Manager skill from the Amazon Store and use Alexa to get contact information and to submit maintenance requests. Let us know what you think!