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Old 11-30-2017, 05:20 PM   #1
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Leaving the cold north for the warmth of eastern Texas in a couple of weeks. Just curious how others have handled their mail. Post office will only hold for 30 days. Looking to be gone for sixty to ninety days.
Also, any tips on how to secure the homestead while we're gone. I do have a neighbor taking care of snow removal, and walking the house once a week. Plan on shutting off the water main and the hot water heater. Also unplugging any electronics. Setting the furnace on 50.
Am I missing anything?
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Old 11-30-2017, 06:54 PM   #2
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Switch our bills and financial to paperless, transfer mail to daughter's house, have an alarm system and wireless cameras.
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We are down in TX for 4 months and put forwarding on our mail to the RV park, they are set up for delivering it to us.

Could the neighbor who is walking the house put the mail in for you?

Why worry about snow removal?

We drained the Hot water tank as well as shutting the water off.

We also put as many bills as possible on auto pay.
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Leaving the cold north for the warmth of eastern Texas in a couple of weeks. Just curious how others have handled their mail. Post office will only hold for 30 days. Looking to be gone for sixty to ninety days.
Check into this: https://www.sbimailservice.com
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We are down in TX for 4 months and put forwarding on our mail to the RV park, they are set up for delivering it to us.

Could the neighbor who is walking the house put the mail in for you?

Why worry about snow removal?

We drained the Hot water tank as well as shutting the water off.

We also put as many bills as possible on auto pay.
Many like to keep things looking like it isn't empty and if emergency services should need access (Heaven forbid) they can get to it.

Sounds like the OP has things covered.
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Leaving the cold north for the warmth of eastern Texas in a couple of weeks. Just curious how others have handled their mail. Post office will only hold for 30 days. Looking to be gone for sixty to ninety days.
Also, any tips on how to secure the homestead while we're gone. I do have a neighbor taking care of snow removal, and walking the house once a week. Plan on shutting off the water main and the hot water heater. Also unplugging any electronics. Setting the furnace on 50.
Am I missing anything?
Thanks in advance.
We rented a P.O. Box last year any mail that wouldn't fit in the box they put in a basket and when we came home we emptied the box and the basket. I think the rental was $30. Check with your local Post Office.
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We just have the PO forward our mail to the RV Park. We forward the mail for 3 months. Skip
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Many like to keep things looking like it isn't empty and if emergency services should need access (Heaven forbid) they can get to it.

Sounds like the OP has things covered.

My theory is anyone who wants to wreak havoc on the house will notice if someone is home or not, having the driveway and sidewalks snow covered will make it easy for the neighbors to notice if someone has been at the house, there will be fresh tracks.
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Many like to keep things looking like it isn't empty and if emergency services should need access (Heaven forbid) they can get to it.

Sounds like the OP has things covered.
Three days after a snow the city does the snow and charge a fortune.
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Leaving the cold north for the warmth of eastern Texas in a couple of weeks. Just curious how others have handled their mail. Post office will only hold for 30 days. Looking to be gone for sixty to ninety days.
Also, any tips on how to secure the homestead while we're gone. I do have a neighbor taking care of snow removal, and walking the house once a week. Plan on shutting off the water main and the hot water heater. Also unplugging any electronics. Setting the furnace on 50.
Am I missing anything?
Thanks in advance.
The post office will forward your mail for up to a year on a temporary basis. I have done that.
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:53 AM   #11
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Three days after a snow the city does the snow and charge a fortune.
Ahhh. That puts a whole different light on it, I hadn't thought about local law. I don't have sidewalks in front of my house, tiny village so anyone walking uses the shoulder of the street. No requirements to shovel anything where I live.
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Great tips everyone. Now I think I can sit in my camping chair with an adult beverage and not have to worry about anything in the frozen state of Minnesota.
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Install a temperature alarm (or have one installed) and have it monitored. We had the furnace freeze up in -45 deg weather and extreme windchill on the farm about 10 years ago, the repairs were astronomical. Having the neighbor check on the house once a week is not enough when it gets cold and the wind blows.
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Our resort has mailboxes at the office for each site and we have USPS forward all our first class mail there.
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Install a temperature alarm (or have one installed) and have it monitored. We had the furnace freeze up in -45 deg weather and extreme windchill on the farm about 10 years ago, the repairs were astronomical. Having the neighbor check on the house once a week is not enough when it gets cold and the wind blows.
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I have a Nest thermostat that has WiFi link and I check it every day or when ever I worry about it. It also has a history to when and how long it ran every day.

It's also nice to be able to adjust the temp on your way home from shorter get aways with your phone.
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Talk to your insurance company and ask them what needs to be done to comply with their rules for extended vacations....each company is different and you don't want your insurance voided for not following their rules.
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