Arrange for periodic inspections (termite, furnace/AC checks) and lawn service, if needed.
Make a list of your preferred contractors, in case repairs need to be made on your property while you are away.
Change your policy from homeowner's insurance to a fire dwelling policy including owners', landlords', and tenants' liability. See Chapter 6 Insurance of the Foreign Service Assignment Notebook: What Do I Do Now?
Gather together manuals on appliances, special instructions, and anything else tenants or property managers need to know.
Ask a friend or neighbor to check on the property for you from time to time, even if using a property manager. Leave your next door neighbors with your contact information, in case of an emergency situation with your property.
Foreign Service personnel may list their rental property with the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW). AAFSW operates a Housing Office at the Department of State main building (Room 1252) on C. Street in Washington, DC. Staffed by volunteers, the office maintains a listing of rental properties which DOS employees wish to rent. For more information about the Housing Office, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-647-3573 or 202-647-3086.
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