Having a home watch service take care of your home when you’re away – whether it’s for a weekend trip or an extended seasonal stay at your primary residence hundreds of miles away – gives owners peace of mind that is priceless.
Of course, there are a lot of people who claim to offer home watch services, and finding the right one – the one you can trust – can be very difficult.
Because just anyone can claim to offer home watch services, it’s imperative that you perform due diligence in picking the right provider. Here are three tips you can use to find the right one for you.
Check for Licenses and Insurance
A home watch service provider should be licensed and insured.
Licensed in this context doesn’t mean formally licensed by the state to perform home watch services. The industry is unregulated; there isn’t a license for this particular line of work. But, the business does need to be formally licensed as a business and meet all relevant local and state regulations for owning a business.
Far too many providers don’t even meet that standard.
Additionally, your provider needs to carry insurance. Working with an uninsured provider leaves you open to liability, as well as difficulty receiving compensation for any damage that may occur.
Ask for References
Every provider should also have plenty of solid references.
When checking references, you’re not just looking for reliability. You’re also looking for trust. You need to make sure that the person you’re considering hiring can be trusted, and that’s really only something you can learn from someone else who has done business with them before.
Don’t be afraid to ask for references – and actually follow up with them!
Talk to Your Provider
Finally, you can learn a lot about the attitude, personality, and demeanor of a provider simply by talking to them.
Ask them questions about their process. Be thorough and explore every aspect of what they claim to do. If they don’t come across as trustworthy, they probably aren’t. If they lack experience, you’ll probably be able to tell pretty quickly. You should walk away from the conversation feeling reassured – not wary.
Contact us if you want a home watch service provider who knows exactly what you need and how to deliver it to you with care.