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Old 08-09-2016, 06:39 PM   #21
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We live in Osage Beach MO during the summer - May through September, then Fort Myers FL from October through April..... Been doing this now for three years

* We leave one car in the garage in MO when we are gone, never had a problem with battery, tires, or anything else
* 100% of our bills are setup electronic, if not auto on the re-occuring, I can take a pic of a check with my phone, then electronic deposit into our Fidelity account
* Forward our mail to the other address before leaving
* In MO, we shut off the water, open the cabinet doors where there are sinks
* Shut off power to the Hot Water Heater
* Raise Ice Maker bar in the freezer
* Wrap toilets with plastic wrap (this keeps the water from evaporating, keeps them clean, and sewer gas from coming in)
* Set thermostat at 50

We do the same thing in Florida, except we set the thermostat at 85
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Old 08-09-2016, 07:09 PM   #22
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For my Mom's ~6 months away I have always just disconnected the negative terminal of her battery... most times in the spring I just reconnect, start it, let it sit idling for 10-15 minutes while I do other things and top off the tires with air... that's it.

For our winter condo, the water is shut off and the AC and humidistat is on. The condo complex maintenance guy has a side business of checking in on snowbird properties while they are away (as the condo's maintenance guy he already has keys anyway) so we use him... he checks them every 10 days or so and charges $30/month... IMO reasonable for peace of mind.
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There are people who will house sit. DW and I have done it. Most of the time it includes a pet. But, without a pet, it simply becomes an easier job/vacation for the house sitter. Choice of sitter and ability to get one will likely depend on your location. We do it as a way to experience a location for no lodging costs. We never have been paid.

Others have reported the horror stories of not being home and something happens. We 'saved' a house from a broken pipe. The dripping woke us up and we got the plumber there right away.

I think you will find most people to be responsible. And getting references should be easy. Plus, if anything happens, which I doubt will, it is likely fixable.
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Thanks for all the responses - great ideas! No high schoolers nearby but we do have some trusted neighbors. We also know a local realtor we would trust to do this as a paid service if the neighbors aren't interested.


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Old 08-12-2016, 07:17 AM   #25
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For any car or boat battery you can buy a device called a "battery tender". It is a monitor/ trickle charger that keeps the battery fully charged while your away.

The other option is to buy "smart charger" and charge your battery back up when you return.
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Our builder told us to turn the water off at the main valve when leaving for a long time. Those pesky little hoses at the back of the toilet tank have a way of letting go when you least expect it. At least shut those values off. Dishwasher connections can go and are hard to notice until its too late. I've know of two folks who have had flooded homes as result of water lines letting go when they were gone.
We always shut off both the house main water and the gas when we leave - even if only for a week. You never know. The gas is only for the stove and water heater, so it's not needed when we are gone. The garden water system is separate from the house.a
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For any car or boat battery you can buy a device called a "battery tender". It is a monitor/ trickle charger that keeps the battery fully charged while your away.

The other option is to buy "smart charger" and charge your battery back up when you return.

My brother uses a trickle charger when he is away from home in the summer - it works well for him


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For any car or boat battery you can buy a device called a "battery tender". It is a monitor/ trickle charger that keeps the battery fully charged while your away.

The other option is to buy "smart charger" and charge your battery back up when you return.
I do that with the riding lawnmower which between winter and droughts can sit for months between uses. Charge the batter at the low amp setting for an hour and then try to start it. (I do use a gasoline stabilizer also)
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:55 AM   #29
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+1 on the house sitter -- we have traveled to several places as house sitters and have done an excellent job with the mail, plants, pets and maintenance of the house, etc. in fact, enjoying Southern California right now as a house sitter.

We also have rental properties we manage and a house on 12 acres and decided against a house sitter when we Travelled for 5 months, returning last April from Australia and Asia. We plan to do the same again in November. Here's an outline of what we did:

Mail - temporarily forwarded to a friend in another state. She would alert me if anything out of the ordinary came. She was also able to open specific mail that I forgot was coming....like all tax documents that I needed to file for an extension on 4/15! We did however, sign up to stop junk mail (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/article...alls-and-email) and do our best to have all bills be sent electronically.

Food - emptied out fridge and freezer. Packed all non-canned or bottled pantry items in airtight containers. Donated perishable items

Winterized the house - but kept the heat on at 50 degrees as a safety precaution. Turned off fridge. Put a heater in our well pump.

Put cars in garage or shed with fuel tank full. Didn't do anything with the batteries...still functioning when we returned.

Suspended service for Internet service, Xm radio, gym membership, phone, etc

Winterized boat. Secured all outdoor furniture in preparation for a storm, etc

Travel / health insurance....GeoBlue has a plan that is very reasonable despite the long term trip

Doctors appointments before the trip



Notified neighbors (trusted) of our plans ...they kept an eye out for us




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Our builder told us to turn the water off at the main valve when leaving for a long time. Those pesky little hoses at the back of the toilet tank have a way of letting go when you least expect it. At least shut those values off. Dishwasher connections can go and are hard to notice until its too late. I've know of two folks who have had flooded homes as result of water lines letting go when they were gone.
We are one of those folks

We went away and it was only a short 3 week trip, a relative was watching the house and went in 2x per week.
Still, the toilet water connection gave way all on it's own, the actual wall shut off part broke and spewed out lots of water for approx 2 days.
Fortunately we had a drain in the basement so when the water made it's way to the basement it went out.
Otherwise we would have had a basement swimming pool

Now, I turn off the house water (inside I'll admit) every trip.
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Any thoughts on installing a whole-house surge protector?

I've been reading about how we are due for a solar flare.

I don't use a freezer but my neighbours installed some sort of alert to let them know if the power was out beyond the battery backup on the freezer during the winter. That way, they don't eat the food stored in the freezer and get ill.
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Any thoughts on installing a whole-house surge protector?

I've been reading about how we are due for a solar flare.

I don't use a freezer but my neighbours installed some sort of alert to let them know if the power was out beyond the battery backup on the freezer during the winter. That way, they don't eat the food stored in the freezer and get ill.
Never thought about the whole house surge protector, I just unplug some things when leaving (computers, TV, etc).

I have a homesitter device:
HomeSitter-Multi-Functional Home Monitoring Device with Call-Out at MenardsŪ

It phones me (and 2 others) if I have a power failure longer than 5 minutes, water on the floor (I have it in the basement). Freezing temperature or fire.

It really does work and will phone to tell you what the alarm is for and repeatedly phone you until you turn off the notification by your phone.

A trick for the freezer is freeze a long thing thing, like a water bottle, remove the bottle part and put that piece of ice in the freezer on top of everything. When you come back, if it is gone, the freezer had thawed, if it's still there, then the freezer is ok.
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Never thought about the whole house surge protector, I just unplug some things when leaving (computers, TV, etc).

I have a homesitter device:
HomeSitter-Multi-Functional Home Monitoring Device with Call-Out at MenardsŪ

It phones me (and 2 others) if I have a power failure longer than 5 minutes, water on the floor (I have it in the basement). Freezing temperature or fire.

It really does work and will phone to tell you what the alarm is for and repeatedly phone you until you turn off the notification by your phone.

A trick for the freezer is freeze a long thing thing, like a water bottle, remove the bottle part and put that piece of ice in the freezer on top of everything. When you come back, if it is gone, the freezer had thawed, if it's still there, then the freezer is ok.
I unplug just about everything including the fridge/freezer since we are away for 6 months or more.

I like the idea of filling a plastic bottle half full of water, freezing it then leaving it on its side. Obvious that to see if freezer has thawed and then re-frozen.

I have a Nest thermostat plus camera so I can see if the A/C fails, plus I get an alert from the camera when it has lost power for more than 30 minutes.
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A trick for the freezer is freeze a long thing thing, like a water bottle, remove the bottle part and put that piece of ice in the freezer on top of everything. When you come back, if it is gone, the freezer had thawed, if it's still there, then the freezer is ok.
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I like the idea of filling a plastic bottle half full of water, freezing it then leaving it on its side. Obvious that to see if freezer has thawed and then re-frozen.
I leave a few ice cubes in a Zip Lock bag as a thaw indicator.
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On the car(s): I don't know if you can find 100% gasoline in California, but use it if you can. And put a gas stabilizer like Stabil in the gas tanks.

You could put a Battery Buddy charger on the battery to maintain a charge. Otherwise, don't worry about the battery as it'll probably start after 3 months. You could pull the negative post to keep any drain by electronic modules.
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Any thoughts on installing a whole-house surge protector?
It's not a bad idea.

When we had our current house built, we had this added in. Lots of electrical storms and some power outages later, we've had no damaged appliances.
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Any thoughts on installing a whole-house surge protector?
We have one that is rented from the power company for ~$4/month. This comes with a limited guarantee that if a surge damages anything, they will pay for it. The "limited" means they do not cover electronics like computers or TVs. When we did have a surge (nearby lightning strike) the surge fried all the smoke detectors, a ceiling fan switch, the ignitor in the gas oven, the motherboard for the furnace & A/C and probably a couple of other things I've since forgotten about.

The check they paid us for damaged appliances more than covered what the expense of the surge protector has been. Oh, and they replaced the surge protector at no additional cost. So for us so far it has been worth it.
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Also, be aware that despite the "whole house" tag, it only refers to a surge coming in through your electrical line.

Years ago, a friend had his ham antenna struck by lightning while he was using his rig. It not only melted his radios, but blasted him back through the wall of the room (just wallboard, but still).

He fully recovered, but it took quite a while. No effect on the rest of his house, so the surge protector wouldn't have helped.

Ever since that day, he has physically disconnected his radios from the antenna lines except when actually using them, and never turns them on without checking the weather.
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