Ten tips for your student house at Christmas

Christmas is here and the first term of the year has already drawn to a close. Those pesky assignments have been handed in and you can almost smell the turkey. If you are leaving your student home for the Christmas break, please take every opportunity to keep your house secure over the holiday period.

Here are a few tips on how to do just that:

  1. In case there’s a freeze, avoid unnecessary fees!

If you are not going to be home over the holidays, leave your heating on a low setting for a few hours a day. If there is a cold spell it will stop your pipes from freezing, expanding and bursting. There is no worse Christmas present than returning to a burst pipe and a flooded, damp home!

  1. Don’t return with dropped jaws, lock your windows and doors

Make sure the last person to leave does a tour and double checks that all windows and doors are locked. If you have a burglar alarm – use it!

  1. Use a light and give burglars a fright

Buy a plug-in timer and use it to turn lamps on and off. This will give anyone eyeing up your house the impression someone is home. Turn everything else off at the socket and save yourselves a little bit of cash by using less electricity during the holidays.

  1. As well as the light, keep valuables out of sight

If you are not taking them with you, keep your expensive goodies like laptops and televisions out of sight. They could be all the reason an opportunist needs when deciding to break in, take that from experience!

  1. It might bring a frown but take those Christmas decorations down

I know you have only just got used to the tinsel and baubles being out but take down your decorations before you leave for Christmas. If your house is going to be vacant until well into the New Year, decorations may indicate that nobody is home.

  1. Can a neighbour do you a favour?

If you are friendly with your neighbours let them know that you’re going away and ask them to keep an eye out for you. Give them a telephone number if you’re comfortable in case they need to get in touch.

  1. If you have the will, settle that bill

Although it might be tempting to leave it until you get back, pay any bills that are due over the holidays to avoid adding on any late payments. It will be one less thing to worry about over the break.

  1. Get in the mood and clear out that food

That four pint bottle of milk might not be yours, but you’re all going to have to put up with the smell when you get back if it’s still there. Take a minute to throw away anything that will go off over the break and save days of lingering bad smells when you get back.

  1. It would be a sin not to take out your bin!

Make sure you take your bins out for the Christmas pick up. If you don’t know when that is, the dates can be found on Manchester City Council's website or Salford City council’s website.

  1. Stay Safe

It is also important to take care of yourself this Christmas. We are one of a very select few letting agents who are accredited by Manchester Student Homes based in Fallowfield. The university accommodation company is owned and managed by the universities in Manchester.

They have created some useful marketing materials such as these Manchester Student Safety and Manchester International Student Safety flyers on how to stay safe. The Manchester International Student Safety campaign also includes a video entitled Mei’s Day Out International Student Safety Video.

 

If you would like to talk further about any of the issues raised in this blog or want advice on anything at all property related, please get in touch. Our friendly team will be more than happy to help.

If you are looking to get your student home sorted for next year, why not come and see us in Withington or Fallowfield. Whether you are looking for a one bedroom apartment or a twelve bedroom house, we have something for everybody across the city centre, South Manchester and Salford.

From the entire team at homes4u, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!