Home Owner Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Home Watch service?
The National Home Watch Association defines Home Watch as "The visual inspection of a home or property looking for obvious issues." Having a Home Watch service conduct frequent checks of the home can eliminate or lesson any damage that may occur in your absence.
Do I need a Home Watch Service?
Your homeowner's insurance may require it, some of these insurance companies most mandate a weekly inspection frequency. Know your policy and be up front with your homeowner's insurance company about how long you will be out of the area. It could save you thousands later on. Some insurance companies will refuse to cover any damages once they discover the home was not monitored frequent enough. We experienced this first hand *see our blog Hurricane Florence Sept. 2018
Why not just ask a neighbor?
Although a neighborly presence is nice and can help, it can also cost you dearly. Will they know exactly what to look for? Will they look over every inch of your home? Will they identify issues before they escalate into something catastrophic? What happens if they are injured while on your property?
Why leave one of your most prized possessions to chance? Our Home Watch service may locate any issue that may arise in your absence before it becomes a major problem.
*please see our blog about Hurricane Florence Sept. 2018, when we learned firsthand why using a neighbor was a bad idea.
Are we a House Sitter service? Home Watch vs. House Sitter
We are not a house sitting service. Our core service includes periodic visits to your home, where we identify any possible issues. We are in your home for less than an hour per visit, and take pride in making sure that your home is in the same condition it was left in.
*If you are looking to hire a house sitter consider a Home Watch Professional instead.
Is Home Watch the same as a Home Inspector?
We are not Home Inspectors. While we visually check your property, we are not property inspectors. Property inspectors are usually involved at the sale of a property.
Is Home Watch a security service?
No, however, having a visible presence in your empty home may act as a crime deterrent. During every unoccupied home inspection/check, we check your security system to ensure it is functioning properly and conduct an exterior walk of your property, looking for anything suspicious and possible signs of forced entry.