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BANGKOK 20 April 2019 08:11
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Tips for Shutting Down a Condo for 9 Months

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I left my condo for years and was not even as detailed as you. When we returned the condo was in better shape than when we left... we had a few cockroaches before we left and somehow they we completely gone ipon return. Everything else was 100%. 

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3 hours ago, AlexRich said:

Install a couple of WiFi enabled cameras in the main rooms so that’s you can keep an eye on it from overseas. 

Good idea and my limited understanding that they are quite inexpensive nowadays and easy enough to set it all up for remote access. 

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Run the aircons continously at a low temperature for some days before leaving, to dry up all furniture, clothes, rugs and bed matrasses etc.

Then don’t open windows or balcony doors after that.

 When leaving only have ventilation in the bathroom open and close the door to the bathroom, to keep the residual moisture there out from the rest of the apt.

Vegitable oil and/or plastic covering of the toilet bowl etc. works very good!

 

We leave our house (bungalow) for 9 months per season and have had some bad smell and moulds problems on the inside of the interior walls before, but after doing the forced ”aircondition dry out” trick we have had no more problems.

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Leave closet/wardrobe doors open to help prevent any musty clothes smell.  They probably won't get mold/mildew with the doors closed, but would probably smell "not fresh".

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3 minutes ago, wpcoe said:

Leave closet/wardrobe doors open to help prevent any musty clothes smell.  They probably won't get mold/mildew with the doors closed, but would probably smell "not fresh".

Yes, fogot to mention that.

During the aircon drying process, leave the closet doors and cloth drawers open, to let the dry air in and then don’t close them by leaving.

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12 minutes ago, JohanB said:

Run the aircons continously at a low temperature for some days before leaving, to dry up all furniture, clothes, rugs and bed matrasses etc.

Then don’t open windows or balcony doors after that.

 When leaving only have ventilation in the bathroom open and close the door to the bathroom, to keep the residual moisture there out from the rest of the apt.

Vegitable oil and/or plastic covering of the toilet bowl etc. works very good!

 

We leave our house (bungalow) for 9 months per season and have had some bad smell and moulds problems on the inside of the interior walls before, but after doing the forced ”aircondition dry out” trick we have had no more problems.

Great advice Johan we shall certainly do that. The webcam idea would cost us 990 baht a month for the internet which probably isn't worth it and if we haven't left the keys with a trusted what would be the point !

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God the pedantic posters come out in droves. Is the condo in Bangkok ? 

Maybe things are SEVERELY different in naka nowhere but you already have done enough/ too much already! 

I left my condo in BKK for 7-9 months a few times with clothes etc just turned off utilities. Everything was perfect!  If there is some OBVIOUS problem a up or downstairs or across the hall neighbor will know and tell management. Just go and enjoy the rest of year.  Here’s how I look at it. I can go to Phuket for a week and all hell breaks loose in my condo. I can go to New York for 8 months and all hell breaks loose in my condo. 

What is the difference. Oh yah I can go to Hua Hin or London for 9 months and everything ok as well. I also leave my 120 year old house every winter to come here in a cold cold climate. I do EXACTLY the sane. Just turn heat to about 13cel and do the other things you do( but less). 10 winters and zero issues. Relax and go!!

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8 hours ago, AlexRich said:

Install a couple of WiFi enabled cameras in the main rooms so that’s you can keep an eye on it from overseas. 

Why??? Really the danger may be the bathroom or kitchen lol. 

What goes crazy in the living room when away just 9 months??  Oh yah. You and your chick believe in ghosts lol !!  JUST GO AWAY!!! Who cares what happens !  Nothing will happen 99.9 % of the time. 

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Leave a key with the Juristic Person Office for emergency reasons.  Water/fire problems below above or aside your Condo. Make sure they have your overseas contact details.

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Good to see the suggestions coming in from various angles and opinions. Everyone one is welcome. It is a second-hand studio condo in Jomtiem so I don't think we need to worry too much. Thanks for all your inputs.

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12 hours ago, alex8912 said:

Why??? Really the danger may be the bathroom or kitchen lol. 

What goes crazy in the living room when away just 9 months??  Oh yah. You and your chick believe in ghosts lol !!  JUST GO AWAY!!! Who cares what happens !  Nothing will happen 99.9 % of the time. 

That said I could try and go for the record for the world's longest film and record the output on low-res on a 8TB disk. Working title Empty Thailand Condo.......... and stream it online  🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logistics_(film)

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Buy a dehumidifier to keep the moisture levels down and put on auto with a drain to the shower or waste . Need to keep the place airtight and tell anyone entering NOT to leave doors/windows open otherwise dehumidifier works overtime to get levels back down . I have 2 dehumidifiers working in my empty condo and they do help stop mould and mildew on woodwork etc. Otherwise  get someone to check regularly and run the AC units for an hour once a week .    Faux leather clothing ( handbags/belts etc) does not like humidity and disintegrates rapidly !  Could try coating with honey leather conditioner !  Even shoes suffer the same fate unless leather AND usually the glue comes unstuck on the first time out after storage !   

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On 3/8/2019 at 3:58 AM, scorecard said:

Good idea and my limited understanding that they are quite inexpensive nowadays and easy enough to set it all up for remote access. 

If you do that you will be using electricity. And can't unplug everything.

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On 3/9/2019 at 10:19 AM, Postmaster said:

Leave a key with the Juristic Person Office for emergency reasons.

And have them rent out my unit - or turn it into a gambling/drugs den - whilst I'm away? No thanks.

 

No one in Thailand will ever have the key to my condo.

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9 minutes ago, elgenon said:

If you do that you will be using electricity. And can't unplug everything.

Indeed. When I leave for a month I turn off all the breakers except the one that runs the fridge/freezer. If I was going away for 9 months I would eat everything in the freezer and turn that breaker off too.

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