Going on vacation for a week requires very little home preparation, while moving seems to necessitate an endless stream of chores; the extended trip falls somewhere in between. If you are leaving your Los Angeles home for a few months but do plan to return within a year or so, you will need to make a few crucial decisions.

What To Do With Your Possessions

Making a home look occupied to deter thieves for a week or two may be as simple as putting some lights on a timer and making sure mail doesn’t pile up in a visible area. However, when you are gone for long periods of time the chances of a break-in can increase. The dwelling is subject to damage from other sources as well, such as plumbing or electrical mishaps. No matter how many precautions you take there is never a guarantee that no harm will come to your home; to minimize loss you may want to store the majority of your things elsewhere. There are many options for storage units in Los Angeles that will allow you to leave your apartment totally empty or at least with the bare minimum of your personal possessions.

What To Do With Your Place

Replacing a good living situation can be difficult, even in a city the size of LA. Once you have become familiar with your neighborhood you may not want to leave; relocating often involves a hike in rent or mortgage payments and the hassle of relearning where to find the amenities important to you. However, it can be difficult to afford paying rent on a place you are not using in addition to supporting yourself as you travel. If your rental contract allows, look into subletting your home while you are gone. If you know how long you will be gone you may be able to find someone to lease it during your entire absence—network with friends for a referral or see if your current landlord has a lead. Alternatively, you may want to post it on a vacation rental website or short-term lodging service where vacationers rent by the night or week. LA and the surrounding area contain so many attractions it should be fairly easy to keep the space rented. Short-term rental affords you more flexibility which is especially advantageous if you are unsure how long you will be away. Once you know your return date, simply block availability to renters and your space will be all yours again. For peace of mind and an added measure of protection, hire a firm to help manage the maintenance and cleaning between guests.

What To Do With Your Pets

Naturally your first instinct is to take pets with you but that may not be possible. Your pet may be too old or sick to travel, it may be prone to running away or your destination may not allow it. Some overseas destinations require a quarantine period for animals and if that time period is close to the length of your stay it is likely not worth the inconvenience to you and the distress to your pet. If you must leave your pet there are several ways to proceed. The ideal solution would be finding a renter whom you trust with your pet. However, that means you are either entering into a financial deal with a friend or trusting a stranger with a furry family member, either of which can be risky. You may find it preferable to find a friend or family member willing to rehome your pet temporarily. Take your pet for play dates at their temporary new abode in the weeks preceding your departure. Calculate how much it will cost to pay for food, toys and veterinary care during your absence, then leave a bit more in case unexpected expenses arise. Another possibility is leaving your dog at a boarding facility or foster service. Check to make sure you choose a reputable company and see the grounds for yourself. Most overnight stays or longer require an introductory visit to ensure a good fit, which should help put your mind at ease while you are away.

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