|Unit Closing Tips
Unit Closing Tips
Are you heading North soon? Don't forget to check out with the office prior to departure. It is highly recommended that you leave a key with the office as well as information regarding who has permission to access your unit. Many times people return home and then remember that they forgot to shut off their hot water heater, or forgot to shut off an inside water valve, They then call the office for us to help. Without a key, we cannot help. Please help your Riverwoods staff help you....leave a key. It is a very good idea to assign a resident that is a year rounder or an outside home watch company permission to access your unit. We have key permission slips in the office and your key will only be given out to those on the list. So if you have an AC repair company, pest defense company, or family member that will need the use of the key, please make sure you let the office know they have permission to use your key and access your unit.
Also, make sure the office has correct emergency contact information. This includes your summer address and telephone numbers.
Tips and Requirements for Closing Units:
1. Cover your windows to keep out the sunlight.
2. Cover your sink and bathtub drains with Saran wrap as well as the toilet stool. This will prevent evaporation of the water in drain traps which prevent sewer gases from entering your home.
3. Shut off the hot water.
4. Shut off the blue water valve that feeds your home and if you have an inside valve shut that off as well. In the hot summer weather the water pressure can reach 90 pounds per square inch. This could blow out water lines in your unit.
5. Be sure to stop your mail with the Estero Post Office and stop the delivery of your newspapers.
6. Take in all garden hoses.
7. Dispose of all potted plants that can blow away. Remember the summer storms are very powerful in Florida.
8. Pull your annuals and remove any landscape lights so that the mowers can get in close.
9. If you do not want your property sprayed with Round Up, please let the office know prior to your departure. Be advised that when you return, there will be plenty of weeds if you are on the NO ROUND UP LIST.
10. If you have awnings, please make sure they are pulled down to protect you unit during hurricane season.
11. Put your bicycles inside your unit, the weather can be devastating to them. The sun will destroy the rubber tires and vinyl seats the humidity can damage the metal parts.
12. Tie down, or bring in outside grills. Picnic tables can be flipped upside down.
13. If your home is so equipped with a humidistat, be sure that you set it according to your AC company's instructions. This is the number one reason people call the office in the summer. Generally they have set their humidistat incorrectly and they will notice an increase in their utility bill. Mold and mildew is a major issue in Florida during the summer so be sure that you have your AC set correctly.
14. Turn off your main electrical breaker switch ONLY AFTER making sure that this does not shut off your AC circuit. Unplug all appliances, lamps, and clocks.
15. Empty refrigerator and disconnect.
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