Nowadays, it's essential to be involved in your home security. It's especially important when you're not always at your home and can't be there to do routine checkups. In Florida, this is something that is a real issue for many residents considering the high "snowbird" population that comes during winter. Snowbirds, for those that don't know, are those that live up north during the summer and early fall months and live in Florida (or other warmer states) during late fall through early spring. Those are long periods to be away from your home, especially in another state. That's why a home watch service is almost a necessity for these residents. But what is a home watch service, and what do they provide?
Home watch services can be known by several different names and titles such as house check, property watch, home concierge, the list goes on, but it all means the same thing. It means there are scheduled inspections of a home that is deemed to be vacant while the owner is elsewhere. It's not just a check to see if there are unwanted guests or squatters; it goes beyond that. Home watch services make sure everything is in working order that otherwise gets overlooked. This means plumbing is used and checked to make sure there are no issues or backups. The lights and power are checked to make sure nothing is shorted out or that something got left plugged in or turned on (imagine leaving your stove on and you're 1000 miles away).
The best part of the home watch services is that the owner is in the know the entire time. If there is a problem, the homeowner is notified immediately, and from there, it's determined what action(s) to take. Plus, with the added presence in the home, it wards off any aspiring intruders who may see your vacant home as an easy mark.
Be vigilant of who you hire when it comes to a home watch service. Look for reviews and any word of mouth to back up the legitness of the company you're looking to hire. No reviews and no trace back to them is not a good sign unless you know the workers personally. And even then that is taking a considerable risk. It is vital that the company you hire be NHWA Accredited or you could be dealing with some risky business.
Have peace of mind when you're not at home for an extended period, hire a home watch service to keep your home safe and in perfect condition. Don't risk it, secure your home away from home today!