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    • Flugelhorn
    • By Flugelhorn 12th Feb 18, 5:00 PM
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    Unoccupied house following death
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    • 12th Feb 18, 5:00 PM
    Unoccupied house following death 12th Feb 18 at 5:00 PM
    Mother has passed on to higher and greater things. Her bungalow is now empty, I have managed to continue the current house insurance at present but all companies want it inspected every 7 days.

    Unfortunately I live 3 hours away and am going to find it difficult - has anyone used any companies / organisations to check on property in these circumstances?
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    • Linton
    • By Linton 12th Feb 18, 5:04 PM
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    As my father's house was on the market the EA agreed to do the inspection for a small charge.
    • Margot123
    • By Margot123 12th Feb 18, 5:16 PM
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    Is there a reliable neighbour/local friend who could do with a few s?

    In my experience, estate agents don't check the property. I went through CCTV to see if our's stuck to their word, and they never went anywhere near unless showing a prospective buyer round. That part of their fee went unpaid!

    Solicitors also tend to charge a full hour fee for inspection, and that could amount to 250ish a week.
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    • By Linton 12th Feb 18, 5:25 PM
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    Our EA did check the house - he used the toilet and found that it wouldnt flush as the water was turned off. But you didnt want to know that.
    • TBagpuss
    • By TBagpuss 12th Feb 18, 7:44 PM
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    You could see whether there is anyone such as a dog walking / pet-sitting/ house-sitting service who might be willing to do a regular visit. Reputable pet sitters should already have insurance and in many cases, a DBS check
    • Flugelhorn
    • By Flugelhorn 12th Feb 18, 7:56 PM
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    Thanks for suggestions - gives me some ideas to look into, it is a small town with a couple of non-chain estate agents so might start there. Most neighbours are aged and infirm (trouble with rows of bungalows built in the late 80s') so may be a bit much to ask them.
    • nom de plume
    • By nom de plume 13th Feb 18, 11:13 AM
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    • 13th Feb 18, 11:13 AM
    Maybe employ a local gardener to pop round once a week? As well as a check it will make it look inhabited by keeping it tidy?
    • buildersdaughter
    • By buildersdaughter 13th Feb 18, 11:53 AM
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    Most estate agents have cleaners they use for some properties. You could ask to be put in touch, and request an hour a week, to keep the place ticking over, and it will look better for selling / renting. The expense can come out of the estate. I know there are some agencies that wouldn't do such a small amount, but a lot will.
    It may also be worth asking the neighbours - as someone already in the street to do some cleaning might welcome an extra hour with no extra travelling.
    I am not a 'newbie' by the way - got caught in the 'password change' debacle!
    • Flugelhorn
    • By Flugelhorn 13th Feb 18, 8:10 PM
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    • 13th Feb 18, 8:10 PM
    Ended up meeting a neighbour and happened to offer to help out, he is currently doing the same for the house next door to him - the owner is in a care home and family live even further away from there than we do. turns out he had helped mother with a few things eg TV not working in the past. Looks like that might be one less thing to sort out !
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