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Old November 26th, 2013, 06:38 AM
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I really try to avoid turning anything off in the way of cable or satellite or internet or telephone. I find that too many things seem to go wrong when things are off.

But, like most things this is a personal choice.

What I recommend to any of you going away for the first time for such an extended time is to make a comprehensive list of all you need to do. As you think of something add it to the list. Hopefully, this way you will not forget anything.

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Old December 24th, 2013, 10:46 PM
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We retired this past year and are trying to leave home for extended periods of time to explore the world. Spent 3 months in Paris this past spring and will be on 2 cruise ships for 3 months this winter. We are lucky to live the the San Francisco area where housing is scarce and there are lots of responsible young people who are eager to have a house to sit instead of being jammed with roommates in a tiny apartment. We are lucky to have a dear young friend who is our house sitter, but if she were not available, I would scour the area to find another, even pay someone. We rely heavily on the internet to stay in touch with friends, do banking, pay bills. Skype, Facetime, and the like allow for visual keeping in touch. For some bills (house insurance, real estate taxes), I pay in advance of departure. I have found that some magazines allow subscriptions to be suspended and then extended for the period we are gone. Our house sitter opens mail and scans important stuff, sends the scanned material attached to email. I tell myself that nothing will be perfect and we can get clever and work through whatever goes wrong. I refuse to allow my adult responsibilities get in the way of my adventures.
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Old December 26th, 2013, 07:34 PM
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I just spoke with our cable company. They have a program called "Seasonal Billings". Instead of turning the cable/internet/telephones off, they charge a reduced rate and just reduce your service to the lowest (basic) rates for the three. The savings for us for all three services is over $150 per month. They ask for three days notice for initiating the program and two days notice for reinstating the services to their previous level of service.

That sounds pretty cool to me.

Has anyone ever tried something like that?
We have used that with beach property we have owned. It worked fine for us.
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We have a lot of snowbird friends that come to Florida for a period and does that same thing for both of their places. Has always worked fine for them.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 08:20 PM
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The mail is a pain ...
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We are planning to rent a post office box and have our mail temporarily forwarded to it. The cost of the post office box for three months is under $25 and the forwarding is free. We plan to have the person who will be checking on our home pickup the mail at his convienence.
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Old April 29th, 2014, 09:18 AM
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We are planning to rent a post office box and have our mail temporarily forwarded to it. The cost of the post office box for three months is under $25 and the forwarding is free. We plan to have the person who will be checking on our home pickup the mail at his convienence.
Sounds like a good idea..
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Old April 29th, 2014, 09:30 PM
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Another advantage of forwarding your mail is that junk mail is not forwarded.
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Another advantage of forwarding your mail is that junk mail is not forwarded.
That is the best part ..
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How do you think prescription drugs would be handled.

I know my insurance only pays 1, sometimes 3 month supply?
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Old May 4th, 2014, 10:46 AM
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You have to ask for a special request ( which you could do only once a year )..
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Old May 8th, 2014, 05:48 PM
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The one thing I haven't noticed anyone mentioning is turning off the hot water heater and incoming cold water. This action is self explanatory.



If you use tankless water heaters or instant hot water appliances this is not necessary.
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Old May 9th, 2014, 10:29 PM
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My in-laws are snowbirds and they cancel their phone land line for 6 months, but pay a small fee to keep their number reserved for when they return.
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Even when working we took extended holidays of 6 to 8 weeks, and in retirement we RV/cruise extensively, so have left the house on numerous occasions.

Our first preference is to have daughter and/or son-in-law live in the house. On the couple of times that wasn't possible we have one of our friends or friend of one of our kids stay in the house. They have to be well known to us, trusted implicitly and get on well with our large breed dogs.

Pets - we would never consider leaving any of our pets in a kennel. If we can't have somebody take care of them, we reschedule.

Bills - all bills are on auto-payment and our daughter has a credit card on our account for emergencies. She also has a power of attorney so can conduct various transactions we require while away.

Vehicles - I have somebody arranged to start them at least once per month, run up to operating temperature and take for a short drive to work the brakes and prevent flat spots on the tires.

The only time we ever left our house empty we advised the insurance company, turned the heat and hot water down, unplugged all electrical appliances and had somebody check inside daily.
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Depending on your area, you may also consider calling the police departments non emergency number in advance. Here they run by houses more frequently if the owners put them on notice that they are on extended vacations.

I also highly recommend programming your thermostat and not shutting off your heating or cooling completely. We once responded to a multimillion dollar home where the owner instructed the person watching the house to shut off the heat in winter. We responded to a water flow alarm and found the sprinkler pipes and domestic water pipes were frozen.

Also keep your insurance info in a handy location. Your sitter will have to have you call them directly if there are any issues. We attempted to contact the insurance agent and they would not talk to a fire department representative. At the time we were unable to contact the owners.... We shut the water off and mopped up as best we could. The house had extensive wood flooring.
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Old September 2nd, 2014, 07:24 AM
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How much do you pay to have a house sitter ??
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Carnival: 27 voyages 184 days
Celebrity: 3 voyages 24 days
Holland: 11 voyages 152 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages 35 days
Vantage:River 2 voyages 39 days
GRAND TOTAL: 66 Cruises 604 days

NOT YET SAILED
Ryndam Carib. 11/14 -21 days
Ryndam Carib. 1/15 -14 days
Maasdam Carib. 3/15 - 14 days
Rotterdam Canary 4/15 - 18 days
Veendam Bermuda 6/15 - 14 days
River Cruise France 8/15 - 21 days
Emerald Europe 8/15 -14 days
Eurodam Viking Passage 9 /15 -17 days
Xpedition Galapogas 11/15 - 10 days
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Volendam Asia 2016- 93 days
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