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Old 09-11-2021, 11:22 AM   #1
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Full time and still own stick and brick home.

We will be retiring soon and we plan to keep our stick and brick home, but travel months at a time.

What do you do before you leave for a long time from home.

I am thinking of turning the water heater off and shutting off the water to the house.

All suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 09-11-2021, 11:42 AM   #2
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Yes to the water/water heater

MAIL.....
Post Office will 'hold' TEMPORARILY (I think only 30 days) so need mail picked up
Newspapers
Door to door flyers
ETC
***Someone to take care of that???

Lighting........
Timers/Web to turn various lights on/off randomly so it appears home is occupied

Good Neighbors.......
Let them know you will be gone XXX amount of time and So/So will be coming by. Otherwise watch over your place
**Good Neighbors/Good Neighborhood is God Send!!!


Police......
Let them know you will be gone XXX amount of time

HOT weather while you are gone
A/C Unit on 80*F
COLD weather while you are gone
Furnace on 65*F
Person handling mail...check interior of home occasionally


Good Neighbors....good neighborhood!!!
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Old 09-11-2021, 12:37 PM   #3
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I live where it deep freezes. Shutting down the water at the strret is very wise. Winterizing your pipes and drains inside is optional but could save you from broken pipes if your heat goes out. Empty the fridg , throw dish towels over the doors so they can't close. and hope in a power outage it's short lived and you don't lose a chest freezer full of meat. Insurance should cover any breakins.
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Old 09-11-2021, 12:37 PM   #4
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My house is vacant for periods when I travel and I have a doorbell camera and integrated alarm system. A professionally monitored system would be ideal but can be close to 100/month. Many big name security camera companies will provide backup video storage for about $3 per month per camera and send alerts to your phone from motion detectors and door/window open detectors. This is basically self installation and monitoring but a better value in my opinion.
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Old 09-11-2021, 12:41 PM   #5
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Lots of internet cameras to check on things. Get a WiFi thermostat also so you can check temperature remotely, and adjust thermostat too.

Good home alarm with smoke/fire detectors. SimpliSafe is pretty good and you can install yourself since itís wireless.
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Old 09-11-2021, 01:43 PM   #7
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We are six months in our WI home and six months in our AZ home. In WI we turn the heat down to 55 (I would go lower, but the DW doesn't want her baby grand to get too cold). I turn off the water heaters, shut the water off at the incoming, pull the shades, turn on radios in the basement, and both garages. The talk radio keeps the mice away. The last thing is to hook up the Sens-a-phone that will call us if the temp drops, or if there is a noise such as a break-in. If I don't answer, it calls my daughter in town and if she doesn't answer, the police are notified.

The AZ home is similar. We set the three central air units for 90 degrees, and place a dozen 5 gallon buckets of water in several rooms. Our cleaning lady comes in once a month to flush the toilets, run water through the dishwasher and refill the buckets. We also have a security system monitored by a local firm.

What we are doing has worked for the last 15 years. Have had one furnace failure (Two furnaces so house wasn't in immediate danger) and a few false alarms from the security system. This year we are letting our newly married grandson and bride move into our WI home while they look for a home of their own.

All of our utility suppliers are aware that we are gone and are quick to respond when needed. Good observant neighbors are also helpful.
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Signed up for "Informed Delivery" at post office - no cost. We have a relative pick-up our mail but this way we know if something important comes.

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I live in the country

I have 5 light timers that are random.

I have a wifi thermostat with high and low temps that sends a alarm if it goes above or below the temps.

I installed an alarm system that is not monitored by a service, but does send alerts via text. door windows, motion, water sensor in the basement, smoke.

I turn gas water heater to vacation or pilot.

Turn furnace to 55 in winter andAC 85 in sumer.

Turn off water pump off in winter

open cabinets doors of exterior wall with water in winter

Make arrangement for mail

Have someone keep up with grass and trash in yard,

figure out the schedule for you bills and pay. Some I get emails some I call to get balance. Everything is paid with online checking.

I use to drain my water lines and put RV antifreeze in the toilet and traps
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Old 09-12-2021, 09:33 AM   #10
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If you have a house empty for long enough it will deteriorate and eventually become unlivable. We pay someone to house-sit when we're away.
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Contact your, homeowners insurance company , and ask what they require in order to keep your insurance in place .

Some areas in Canada , companies require someone be through the house every 24 hours , to maintain coverage.
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I should add to my previous post that a second Grandson lives a block away from our WI home and we have him go into the house occasionally just to walk through. So we have someone checking both home at least 1 or 2 times a month. If you know a neighbor that you trust, give him a key and have him make random checks. Also let the police know of your absence. They will usually keep an alert eye for unusual activity.
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I have a septic. Ideally there should be some water run through it at least once a month. I have not had issues going several months. But that might be because the AC and high efficiency furnace drains into the septic system.
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I'm following along as Mom will want a home base. Will be away most of the time so I'm looking for ideas. In this area the insurance companies want someone through the house every three days minimum. Thanks to all.
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