Can you expect them to visit on a regular schedule and to document each visit for Insurance purposes? What if damage occurs on their watch? Ask yourself if your friendship could be in jeopardy or even be destroyed!
That is a very valid question but service varies based on what you need as a client and your size of home. Its not a one type fits all scenario and we believe we provided competitive fees for our services.
Did you know that if you leave your seasonal residence for several weeks or months and damages occur, its possible that your insurance carrier might ask for proof that it was being looked after. If you cannot prove it was being looked after, they might consider you negligent and deny your claim... Now might be the time to inquire with your Agent.
It's our best practice to visit the property weekly, bi-weekly (twice per month) or more frequently. We don't offer a monthly service. Be concerned if its offered as that's too long and could affect your homeowners insurance. Now might be a good time to review with your Insurance Agent. Ask them if they provide savings on your insurance if you have a professional Home Watch service...
Yes, with one exception and one that you need to understand. There is no license yet for Home Watching, so if a company states they are licensed beware and inquire about their license. However, we are a registered LLC and carry extensive insurance of $2 million in general liability and $4 million aggregate. We are also covered to drive vehicles since we have clients that need their exotic cars exercised. We are background checked by the International Home Watch Alliance a 3rd Party Organization and carry a Surety Bond of $10K. We are happy to provide our company credentials and you should be asking all Home Watch providers for this and a copy of their Certificate of Insurance.
Not only do we have a vested interest in our business by having a LLC. We also have invested in getting professional training to provide exceptional Home Watch visits and not a simple walk through service! This is value to you our potential Client, knowing you have a professional company working on monitoring one of your largest assets!