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Snowbirds: What do you do with your home when you go south?

Do you rent it out? Do a housing swap? Find a housesitter? Or nothing?

 

And, if you do something, where do you find someone—A website? An organization? Local ads? Word of mouth?

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We turn down the thermostat to 53 deg and hope the heating system does't quit during the winter. Also shut off the main water supply. To keep an eye on things, I have motion dection camera's with 24/7 access. For temperature monitoring, I have an internet connected thermostat with full control and again 24/7 access. The thermostat will also email me when/if the temp drops below or above  the settings I programmed.

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Do you know you can get a decreased rate on your spectrum cable bill? I think it’s called a vacation rate... heck it out!

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Most Television 'cable' providers will suspend your account (for a nominal fee/month) for your travel time. Same with XM Satellite Radio in a vehicle you are not using, or at your home, while you travel. And also home phone service.  
USPS will hold your mail for 30 days, then deliver to a specificied address. You can also have your mail forwarded But make sure it's clear with USPS that it's temporary, or they will begin notifying mailers of your "new" address.

Know your neighbors! So that in exchange for returning the favor, ask one you know well & trust if they will help (even for $), if you have no family in town who can. Many would be happy to hold a spare key to your house, watch your house, switch lights on/off (we now use timers inside & out), water your plants, drip water in case of freezing weather (If you live in the South - Northerners may have to winterize). We have a cleaning lady who will do this for a small payment. We have a neighbor who will pick up & hold our mail & grab our packages and then text us with a picture of the envelope if she thinks it might be important (of so, she opens & texts or scans & emails a copy of contents). She will even take care of our animals (but we usually take with us).

You can sign up with USPS to get daily notifications showing what mail you have ea. day. And activate notifications with shipping companies so you know when pkgs. are delivered (for neighbor pick-up or to UPS store box rental, where your mail can also go.)

Contact local police dept. with your schedule. Our district will send police to drive by & walk around our home while we are gone. 

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I 'close down' the house for the season, lower the thermostat etc.  I have a house checker come in once a week to make sure everything is alright

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If you are going to Florida, the first thing to do is to change your state of residence to Florida so you won't be paying Northern State taxes.  You will still pay property taxes on your home in the North.

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