25 Jul How a Home Watch Service Can Help Prevent Pest Damage
If you own a vacation property in Southwest Florida, there’s a good chance that it will be vacant for weeks or months at a time. Not surprisingly, making sure your home stays safe and secure in your absence is a top priority.
Installing a security system and hiring an alarm company is good, but even the most high-tech security devices won’t prevent all types of intrusions.
The pest problem
Bug infestations happen to the best of us. Take ants, for example. In the dead of summer, it’s not unusual for ants to make their ways indoors in search of water. It doesn’t matter how clean you keep your home. If ants find their ways into your house or condo and the problem isn’t addressed right away, the problem can get out of hand fast.
The same holds true for rodent infestations. Palmetto bugs (sometimes referred to as roaches) and termites can also be a problem in the Sunshine State.
The biggest problem with leaving a home vacant for an extended period of time is that this allows bugs, pests and vermin the chance to move in. If the home isn’t checked upon, the infestation could go on for weeks before you find out about it.
No one wants to arrive home after an extended absence, only to find out that their home has been taken over by unwanted houseguests.
The insurance claim problem
If you think that your homeowner’s insurance policy will cover pest damage, you may be wrong. Although insurance carriers are often happy to help with claims for immediate events, if you have significant damage from an insect or vermin infestation, and the damage has been left unchecked for months, you may be out of luck.
Should this happen, you could be on the hook for thousands of dollars in repairs.
How a home watch service can help
One of the easiest ways to ensure that unwanted guests don’t move into your vacation home is to hire a home watch service. When you work with a home watch professional, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is being looked after. If a pipe bursts or you develop some other type of water leak, you’ll be notified. If there are signs that rodents, ants, or roaches have made their way into your property, you’ll be notified. This will give you the chance to address the problem right away.
For more information about the benefits of hiring a home watch service in SWFL, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today.