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Old 09-18-2021
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Default How to prep house for long trip

We are planning a 3-4 month trip. Any suggestions as how to prep our house, of course neighbors will look after the obvious, but what about AC, refers, and other house items?


We have a lawn service that will watch for tings that signal "Gone".
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Keep some air moving in the home. Doors inside open. Moisture builds up and bad things happen. Maybe a dehumidifier. Notify the police department. A camera set up outside that sends you pictures when its activated (motion detection). Makes you the first to know if someone drives up. Maybe one inside as well. Cheap. Get the solar panel for the outside camera.
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We always turn off the water pump breaker and water heater and water softener, ice maker. Stop or forward mail, turn off garage door breaker.
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Interior timer on some lights. Dusk to dawn sensors or timers on exterior lights. A "Ring" door bell camera. Amazon Alexa will allow you to listen and even tell an intruder inside the house the police are on their way. Same on some exterior cameras. Depending on where you live don't forget to Winterize. By the way, have your police's dispatch phone number incase you need to report something. 911 where you might be is going to cut it.
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I usually do all the above, plus set the a/c at 80, just to keep the humidity down
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Cameras with remote access.
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https://m.reolink.com/product/rlk16-820d8-a/

This is the latest version of what I use. As easy as just running a cat 5 cable to where you want them.

Power comes from the ethernet line. No subscription or monthly fees. Phone app allows access anytime you have service.

Every door and window is covered, the parking spaces, as well as a couple inside covering common spaces.
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Cameras with remote access.
Bingo!!
WE have lots of cameras,and just got a new one for our beach lot,cheap at 60 bucks and you can steer it and it has night vision.
You do need wifi ,Carol gets an alert on her phone if it detects movement.
Cool stuff.
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I'd consider asking the neighbor if they would switch your a/c to heat when they cut over theirs. Being in NW Houston, I know that in Bryan that it could be October, that could be in February-- but keep that A/C going if only at 78. Cameras, lock the garage and unplug the opener. Any electronics that don't need to be powered, unplug. Clean out your A/C pan lines before you go, turn off the water heater... Maybe shut off water to the house? If your heat doesn't need it, shut off the gas to the house. Set up online billing with all the utilities. Post office will hold mail for a period of time, or some neighbors kid will happily put your mail in grocery bags for a few bucks (I loved when all my neighbors went skiing for two weeks when I was growing up, funded my Game Boy habit)
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We left for 3 months this summer and returned to a mildew disaster. We had just put a new TPE roof on and had Nest thermostats set at 85. I don’t think the ac’s ever came on. You can’t see mildew with a nest camera. Anyway we got over it and moved on. Next time they’re going to be set on 78.
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