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Old 06-02-2014, 10:09 AM   #1
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leaving house empty

We will be leaving for the South next winter, and had arranged for grand daughter to live in our house, as she just graduated high school and we live close to the college she wants to commute to. Yesterday, we learned she and boyfriend want to get their own apartment. Don't really know what to do about leaving house empty for 6 months. I don't want to come back to an empty house and garage. I don't think just asking county sheriff to keep an eye on it will be enough. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Old 06-02-2014, 10:17 AM   #2
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ADT or some other type service like it.

Camera system that you can monitor o n your PC while you are away.

Got a neighbor you can trust with your stuff?

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Old 06-02-2014, 10:18 AM   #3
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I would be very careful doing that. We're reading in the news and seeing on tv many cases of bad people squatting in homes and owners returning after months unable to remove them. Make sure you have an alarm system, good neighbors and friends or family to stop by and stay a night occasionally.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:47 AM   #4
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Word of caution, we are friends with several sheriffs deputies and they all say to refrain from putting any notice of a security system on windows or in your yard as it is easy to cut the phone line and disable the system unless you have the wireless notification system. We are fortunate enough to have a sheriffs home watch which we call and inform them who should be or might be parked there and according to our neighbor, when we are not home, a sheriffs car parks in our drive most nights with a radar gun.
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:19 PM   #5
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I had an aunt & uncle that used to do the same. They had a house here in NC that they would use between May and October then spend the rest of their time at their main residence in CA. Besides the neighbors keeping an eye out ,they also had my phone number, they set various lights on timers to match their normal schedule. I also had a key and would take the wife and kids there for weekend get a ways or to take care of problems when they were out of town.
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:41 PM   #6
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Install a safe or strongbox in your home and RV. Carry and store certified and notarized copies of legal documents.
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:53 PM   #7
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Have neighbors park in your driveway if they will.

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My parents went south for the winter for years. Security system and two sons that would snowblow the drive so it looked like someone was home. Family visited the post office to pick-up the held mail and we would send it to them. The security system would monitor water in the basement and house temp.
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Firesafe ur docs (I use a fire rated gun safe mounted to slab) we opted for new security system with integrated cameras and home automation....can control All locks, t-stats, and lights from phone, as know the status of every door and window and garage door in house....and be alerted if/when any are opened or disarmed....

I have a water break monitor as well but I just shut off water if no one will be using it while im is cellular/wifi based with backup power source....

Oh..and turn water of my irrigation heads broke while I was gone last time...neighbor said it was shooting 25 ft high...

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