FAQ for Sarasota Home Watch Inc.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
We do not believe in a "one-price-fits-all" policy. Condominiums typically take us less time to inspect than a home with a pool and landscaping (since we check to make sure your contractors are doing a satisfactory job). The cost of servicing your property depends upon what your property consists of along with any additional services you may want.
Call us to review your unique situation, and we'll give the best service and pricing options.
More and more Homeowners Associations are requiring absentee owners to have someone keep an eye on their vacant property. Hiring a professional home watch service may save you a potential disaster.
Your well-intentioned neighbor probably won't perform a thorough inspection with a checklist and the proper tools, certainly won't have insurance coverage to watch your home, and probably won't make the time to do it weekly. And what happens to your friendship if disaster strikes and they don't catch it? Hiring a professional will guarantee peace of mind, and that's something you can't put a price on.
We are fully bonded, insured, and background checked and have earned accreditation through the National Home Watch Association.
THE FOLLOWING CONTENT IS FROM THE NATIONAL HOME WATCH ASSOCIATION:
WHAT IS A HOME WATCH SERVICE?
A Home Watch service is designed to give you peace of mind while you are away from your home. Your home is inspected by professionals looking for any potential problems. Most companies will design a checklist based on your individual needs and concerns. If a situation does arise, you will be notified so the problem can be dealt with in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
WHY DO I NEED A HOME WATCH SERVICE?
Actually, the question is, how can you not have one? So many things can happen to your home in your absence: break-ins, water leaks, electrical problems, insects, mold, and storms, to name a few. Conversely, preventive measures such as storm preparation and pro-active maintenance should prevent many situations from arising. Even if you have a trusted neighbor or relative nearby, having a professional acting on your behalf is a much better and more effective option.
WHAT IF I HAVE A SITUATION IN MY HOME?
The Home Watch professionals' experience and judgment will allow them to handle any situation with a calculated response. If the situation is an emergency, it will be handled in the fastest, safest, and most cost-effective way. In a non-emergency situation, you will be contacted to discuss and implement a course of action.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES DOES A HOME WATCH COMPANY OFFER?
Each company is unique. Most offer a variety of services, such as lawn care, concierge, handyman - even pool services. If they don't provide it, they can certainly arrange for any service that you might need, using their knowledge of local contractors
IS A HOME WATCH SERVICE A SECURITY SERVICE?
Not as a rule; however, having a visible presence in your empty home may act as a crime deterrent. Most Home Watch companies answer alarm calls and are familiar to local law enforcement.
HOW DOES A HOME WATCH COMPANY QUALIFY TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL HOME WATCH ASSOCIATION?
Most Home Watch companies do not qualify for membership in the National Home Watch Association. Our members have been carefully screened. References have been checked and insurance, bonding and licenses (if applicable) have been verified. Each member has agreed to abide by our Code of Ethics and set of standards. Membership in the NHWA can be verified by visiting our NHWA Accredited Member Locations Page or by contacting the NHWA today.