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I wasn't sure where a question like this would go...but I guess it is a ritual for some.

 

I think we all know the usual stuff....stop mail/papers, timers on lights, have a neighbor keep an eye out

 

What else do you do....and what do you do for extended trips?

 

we have a cruise in March where we will be gone for just under a month. Are there bigger things I need to think of? Do I need to shut the water off at the main valve? I'm on well water and septic if that matters. 

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We have critters and bring in a puppy sitter(family) to keep them company and look after their needs.

We pay for the flight out and they get a room in Vegas(henderson).

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I'm not sure what a civilian would do, but here is what the different Armed Services would do:

  • The NAVY would turn out the lights and lock the doors.
  • The ARMY would surround the building with defensive fortifications, tanks and concertina wire.
  • The MARINE CORPS would assault the building, using overlapping fields of fire from all appropriate points on the perimeter.
  • The AIR FORCE would take out a three-year lease with an option to buy.
     

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-hold the mail

-put lights on timers

-secure pet sitters/kennel reservations

-send our itinerary (and contact info) to our family

-have a neighbor come into the house once or twice while we are gone

-adjust the thermostat higher (summertime) and lower (winter)

-take out all trash (& put trash cans out for collection)

-run the dishwasher the night before you leave (you don’t want anything running when you leave)

 

 

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On 2/9/2020 at 11:46 AM, lindsay0526 said:

-hold the mail

-put lights on timers

-secure pet sitters/kennel reservations

-send our itinerary (and contact info) to our family

-have a neighbor come into the house once or twice while we are gone

-adjust the thermostat higher (summertime) and lower (winter)

-take out all trash (& put trash cans out for collection)

-run the dishwasher the night before you leave (you don’t want anything running when you leave)

 

 

We do all theses plus add one thing..

Turn the main water switch off.

A few years ago we were on vacation and the hose broke on the ice maker in the refrigerator.

Completely destroyed two floors of our house.

insurance agent told us it is the most frequent claim on Homeowners Insurance

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On 12/28/2019 at 9:38 AM, txflood33 said:

I wasn't sure where a question like this would go...but I guess it is a ritual for some.

 

I think we all know the usual stuff....stop mail/papers, timers on lights, have a neighbor keep an eye out

 

What else do you do....and what do you do for extended trips?

 

we have a cruise in March where we will be gone for just under a month. Are there bigger things I need to think of? Do I need to shut the water off at the main valve? I'm on well water and septic if that 

 

On addition to the previous:

Enroll your house in the local police department's vacation check program.

Ensure a local family member had copies of all essential documents.

Have a copies of passenger contracts and insurance policies in hand.

Call your credit card companies and banks so your ATM and credit cards do not get locked down for potential fraud while making purchases or withdrawals.

 

If it's an international trip, your government has tips, programs, and resources. If you are fro the U.S., check out  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go.html.

 

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