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Old 08-10-2015, 04:24 PM   #1
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What Do You Do With Your House...

... when you take multiple month-long trips? We're thinking of taking a 6 month trip in a year or so and I'm not sure about leaving the house empty for that length of time.

Any thoughts?
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Old 08-10-2015, 04:45 PM   #2
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Do you have any relatives who would stay there for you? Know any college students? (trustworthy, non-partying variety). Our oldest grandson stayed in ours when we went on vacation once and it worked out great. There are also house sitting companies (have never used one but have heard of them). You could also possibly do a vacation rental through a realty company? Let us know what you end up doing because it could help others out who have the same question
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Old 09-23-2015, 03:56 PM   #3
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We have a young lady (college student) from church that comes by M-W-F and gets the mail in, checks things out, feeds the tortoise, etc. she calls if anything is up and, if we forget anything, she ships it to us. Works out great for all involved. Of course, we're never gone more than 6 or 7 weeks. I know your insurance will get all giddy if no one is living in the house but not sure what time frame they consider that to be.


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We planned for a 14 month-trip and found renters (I lie- our property management company found renters). A little harder with just 6-months.

The vacation rental is a pretty good idea.
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Interested to hear folks thoughts on this, since we're planning a 2 month trip next summer (longest trip for us). So far we're considering getting one of my daughters (sensible) friends to check in on things every other day (and switching house alarm monitoring companies)
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:23 PM   #6
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Interested to hear folks thoughts on this, since we're planning a 2 month trip next summer (longest trip for us). So far we're considering getting one of my daughters (sensible) friends to check in on things every other day (and switching house alarm monitoring companies)
For our 8-week trip last summer, that's all we did.
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:39 PM   #7
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Yu def need to connect w your insurance company if you leave it empty (not sure if yu are having someone stay - u will need to ask) Ours said we can adjust our auto insurance (because we are not driving the cars), we had the insurance company give us a list of things we need to do to prep the place (snow/lawn care, mail. papers, flyers, lights on timers, insurance companies, water system (turn off or drained) , hot water, etc etc. Plus we were required to have someone check on the building every 2 weeks (walk thru and document), all valuables were removed (not hidden), heating. etc
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