How to keep house safe and maintained while gone a lot
May 31, 2013 7:12 AM Subscribe
Two months ago I accepted a new assignment at work that will require me to be away from home a lot over the next year. For example, right now it looks like during June I will only be home twice for a stretch of 3 days each time, and it will probably continue like that for most of this assignment. When I took this job I had a long term, live-in boyfriend, so I wasn’t concerned about my house at all. We have since broken up (the house is 100% mine). So, now I’m trying to figure out all the things I need to do to make sure my house is ok while I’m gone.
posted by Sabby to home & garden (28 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
So far I have:
-gotten a PO box and forwarded all my mail to it
-canceled the paper
-set one of the downstairs lights on a timer (I plan to get some more for other parts of the house)
-gotten a plan in place for lawn mowing
-will be giving my contact number to a neighbor
I’m not really close with any of my neighbors, beyond a friendly wave, and most of my friends live a least 30 minutes from me, so having someone come by frequently is probably not going to work. I did have a guy from work volunteer to swing by my house after any big storms to check things out.
Anything else I’m missing – either safety or maintenance?