18 Dec Your Vacation Home: How Can a Home Watch Service Help?
What Exactly Does a Home Watch Service Do?
If you haven’t owned a vacation home before, it’s likely that you’ve never heard of a home watch service. You understand what an alarm company does, and you obviously understand what a landscaper does, but trying to pinpoint what a home watch service does can be a bit tricky.
If you think that a home watch is the same as a house sitter, you couldn’t be more wrong.
What we do
Your home (and/or your vacation home) is likely among your most valuable assets. Suffice to say, you want to make sure that asset is protected in your absence.
As a homeowner, you understand that any number of things can go wrong on a dime. Pipes burst. Hot water heaters leak. Mice can decide to show up and take over your pantry. Closet shelves have been known to collapse. Roofs can start to leak.
Any one of these things can cause significant damage if it’s not addressed right away.
Imagine a pipe in the bathroom bursts, and no one discovers the problem for weeks. A few years ago, we spoke with a woman who came home from work to find that the clean water line to her toilet burst at some point during the day.
By the time she walked through the front door, her entire home was flooded with an inch of standing water. The damage was extensive- and the only reason it wasn’t worse, she said, was because she arrived home when she did.
She didn’t want to imagine what things would have looked like had she not discovered this problem for several more days or (gulp) several more weeks.
When you hire a home watch service, you’ll be partnering with a service provider that will perform regular inspections of your household. Not only will we make sure that your plants are watered and that junk mail is cleared from your porch, we’ll be here to keep an eye out for leaks, water damage, mold, electrical issues and anything else that would need to be addressed right away.
If there’s a problem with your roof, your AC, your heater, your swimming pool, etc., you’ll be notified immediately.
If you want someone to do a pre-storm hurricane check, to make sure your property is secure, we can do that. We can also periodically start car engines, be here to receive furniture or appliance deliveries, and we can even help you with some light grocery shopping in advance of your return
For more information on our company, our rates, or how we can help make sure your home is protected, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today to learn more.