If you are a seasonal resident who owns both northern and southern residences and spends time at each during different parts of the year, you’ll know that spending summer in the north and winter in the south is the ideal lifestyle choice. There is one small catch however – who takes care of your ‘other’ home when you spend months away from it?
This is where hiring a competent homewatch company becomes essential. Here’s what to consider when looking for a home management company to give you peace of mind:
Is the company licensed?
A company providing reliable homewatch services should be fully licensed to complete home inspections. In addition to checking for general security, your homewatch company should also be qualified to:
- Inspect for pest problems
- Check for weather and water damage
- Perform maintenance checks on air conditioning, electrical and plumbing
- Provide pool and landscape maintenance
Is the company reputable?
Do your research into how long a home management company has been operational, and look at client testimonials if possible. While being licensed and qualified is essential, a reputation of great service, based on positive testimonials from satisfied clients also says a great deal about a company’s reputability.
Is the company bonded and insured?
In the event of damage or theft on your property, where a homewatch company is found to be responsible, does the company have the means to pay out damages? Being bonded and insured is a sure sign that a company is reputable, and is prepared to take responsibility in the event of something going wrong.
Does the company have a network of contractors and vendors?
If something needed urgent attention on your property in your absence – from weather damage to emergency electrical or plumbing maintenance – your homewatch company should have a list of preferred vendors that are licensed, bonded and properly insured. These vendors can be contracted on your behalf, giving you peace of mind that any repairs will be handled appropriately.
We provide reliable homewatch services for properties in South Florida, Metropolitan D.C., and Long Island. For a free consultation, contact us today.