I may have an opportunity to work away fir 6 months which will mean leaving my home empty. It's too long a period to ask a friend or neighbour to regularly check in. Are there agencies who will do this? It would be unoccupied.
If insurance is sticky about the property being unoccupied for more than 30 days, try having a relative or friend (or if you are not too far away - do it yourself!) stay for a couple of nights per month. Make a few phone calls on the land line and order a takeaway delivery to the property.
Thanks for the replies - I'm aware insurance requires the property to be checked within every 30 days. As I said in my initial post I think it's too long to ask a neighbour to do this and trustworthy friends close to me also have jobs that take them away a lot. I've considered all options and paying an agency is the best for my circumstances. I will return at some time for a break within the 6 months. Maybe a letting agency would consider it, without tenants!
The letting agent I use for our rental properties offers this service, price per visit at an interval you choose and will arrange any maintenance the property requires. From experience, finding a trustworthy agent is hard work. Mine are in West Yorkshire if you want their details?