Don't Leave Your Home Unattended!
Serving Northern Virginia
Professional Home Watch & Concierge Service
WE WATCH YOUR HOME FOR YOU WHILE YOU’RE AWAY
We use the latest in technology and detailed personal inspections to free up your mind so you can focus on your business or vacation when you're away from home.
The Golden Rule
We believe it is vital to have objective metrics to validate what we see, smell or hear. As a result, problems can be accurately detected early so they don’t become disasters!
Unlike someone who lives in your home while you're away, we apply our personal touch by making regular, comprehensive inspections of the interior and exterior of your home.
Home watch is the visual inspection of a home or property looking for obvious issues.
The Golden Rule Difference in Action!
We approached Golden Rule earlier this year after looking for a home watch service during the summer. We interviewed Dan Lender and were immediately impressed by his professionalism, knowledge and follow-up. We were lucky to have Yvonne responsible for our home on a bi-weekly basis. Yvonne was thorough and very detailed, providing written reports including photos following each of her visits. We could not be more impressed and pleased by the services Golden Rule provided and we will use them for years to come.
T & J, Alexandria, VA.
"Dan and his team are great to work with and very flexible. It's always great working with him."
— Travelers H., San Francisco, Ca.
"Traveling abroad is stressful enough without worrying about something happening to your home while you are away. The team at Golden Rule watched over our home, monitored it 24/7 and did in person weekly home checks, then sent us an electronic report. Their level of service gave us peace of mind while we were away that allowed us to enjoy our time abroad without the worry. They even watered our plants and drove our cars to make sure the batteries remained charged. We couldn't have asked for better service from Golden Rule. They are true professionals and we highly recommend their service."
– Cristy G., Ashburn, Va.
"The driver, Amy, picked up me and my dog for a trip to the vet. She was on time and extremely helpful in getting a frightened dog into the vehicle. After the vet visit she asked if I needed to do more errands and extremely helpful in getting the dog safely out of the vehicle. I would gladly use this service again!"
— Mary K., Arlington Va.
"We were so happy to know that Dan and his team were looking after our home while we are traveling. Our hot water tank started to leak and he spotted it before it completely failed and our basement was ruined. Dan contacted us right away, scheduled and met a plumber at our home and made sure that the job was finished. He then sent us photos and a final report of the work that had been done. If Golden Rule had not been looking in on our home, then we would have returned to a mess. We will absolutely have Golden Rule watch our home in the future when we travel."
—B. G., McLean, Va.
"I highly recommend the team at Golden Rule Home Watch. They offer a valuable and unique service to watch over homes when owners are away on travel, vacation, stationed abroad, etc. Give them a call if you will be leaving your home for an extended period. You’ll be glad you did!”
— Pete K., Chantilly, Va.
"We used Golden Rule for the first time in October 2019 while in Europe for over a month. They came to our house every week and did a fine job sending detailed reports including pictures, systems status, comments, and recommendations. They put a battery charger on our car battery to keep it topped off. They even used a leaf blower on our walkway, deck and driveway and watered our house plants. The plants looked as good as when we left! Dan, the owner, knows a lot about house systems and small things to make the house lived in. His suggestions were spot on. We will use Golden Rule again on our next trip."
—Alden S., Oakton, Va.
"The team at Golden Rule gave us great confidence and peace of mind that our home was in good hands when we were away. The Golden Rule Team is friendly, knowledgeable and provided great customer service. I highly recommend Golden Rule Home Watch & Concierge!"
—N.M., Arlington, Va.
"Dan and his team with Golden Rule Home Watch are wonderful. They provide unique services for their clients from just "keeping the key" for just in case to more monitoring an unexpected flood."
— Patrice D., Ashburn, Va.
"Golden Rule provides an important and quality service for our home while traveling. The increase in severe weather has emphasized the importance of this service. It is too much to ask neighbors to deal with a storm or tree issue, especially while they themselves are dealing with their own home. In addition, it is wonderful to know that the house is being checked, stray deliveries are collected and plants are being watered when we are traveling. Golden Rule takes care of these things and provides reports and support while you are away. Knowing we have this trusted relationship has made a very positive difference to us, and we confidently recommend Dan and the Golden Rule team!"
–Mary D., Oakton, Va.
For the past two years, I have used Golden Rule to look after my home when I am out of town for extended periods. Dan Lender and his team are consummate professionals who I trust to watch my home and car, and alert me if anything needs attention in my absence. Their service is a great comfort to me when I am away, and the pricing is good value for the peace of mind I get from knowing I can rely on them. I get written reports and pictures after each visit, and I appreciate the extra attention they given after severe storms when they check my property for any possible damage. I highly recommend Dan and Golden Rule for anyone who needs a reliable and trustworthy professional to help protect their homes.
Greg W., Great Falls, Va.
"GRHW watched our home while we were on vacation. It was a relief not to have to impose upon our neighbors to water our plants; get our mail; and check on our home. Halfway through our vacation, we were notified of a delivery of perishable items we were not expecting. We texted Dan, and he immediately went to our house, retrieved the package and put everything neatly away in our freezer. When we got home, our flowers and vegetable garden looked healthy, our mail was neatly stacked, and they even blew off our driveway and deck as a courtesy. We will never go on vacation again without having GRHW watch our home!" `
–Max and Paria, Oak Hill, Va.
We are away from our home five months out of every year. We do not have to worry while gone because Golden Rule Home Watch inspects our home, outside and inside, and sends us reports based on their onsite photos and impressive checklist. If GRHW finds an emergency repair is needed, we know they will take care of it. It’s a terrific service.
Patty, Vienna, Va
“Golden Rule Home Watch provided great peace of mind during our extended absence, checking on our home weekly and periodically driving our car. Dan is reliable; very knowledge about both home maintenance and cars; and communicates very clearly, both in person and through his weekly status reports. We would absolutely use Golden Watch under similar circumstances in the future.”
—Tom O., Reston, Va.
In 2022, two life dreams collided for us: becoming new homeowners and finally getting the chance to take our four-month work sabbatical, that had been delayed two years due to COVID. We both were nervous about how to take care of our new house while away. We thought we might not even be possible to take our long awaited journey, given that it seemed too much of an ask to have friends look in on our new home for many consecutive months. Out of the blue, a friend recommended Golden Rule Home Watch. We emailed Dan Lender and he quickly responded. Dan came over to meet us and see the house and could not have been more courteous. His description of Golden Rule’s services led us to be sure we were interacting with a team committed to “attention to detail”. Dan recommended a schedule for how often his team would stop over that made perfect sense. He offered a very fair price that included exercising all plumbing fixtures (including entering our crawl space to turn on/off the water), window security checks, yard checks, temperature checks, mail sorting, and more. We knew immediately the staff at Golden Rule were the right people to look after our home. On returning, we couldn’t be more pleased with the service that Dan and Yvonne provided. The Golden Rule team went above and beyond on two occasions for us: once there was a snafu when the water company accidentally turned off our water during a routine meter upgrade, which required Yvonne to meet a water company representative in-person on our behalf. The second time was when our backyard developed minor, but urgent need for landscaping maintenance – Dan quickly coordinated a team to come over and fix the problem, at a fair price. On both occasions, we felt confident that the matters were in good hands to be resolved. Probably the best thing about the Golden Rule team was how proactive, quick and responsive they were when it came to communicating with us. Even though we were an ocean away, our questions were always answered in a prompt and courteous manner. When we returned from our journey, the house looked every bit as clean and tidy and secure as when we left it. Our experience with Golden Rule Home Watch couldn’t have been better. Though it might be a while until our next long trip, we would hire Golden Rule again in a heartbeat. A five star recommendation.
J & H, Falls Church VA
"We first thought this was a great service but one we would likely never use since we have always asked neighbors to watch the house. Well we were so wrong. A summer of rain meant trees were toppling in our neighborhood and basements were flooding everywhere - and we had a long vacation planned to Italy...it's really too much to ask the neighbors when a tree could fall, the basement could flood, etc. So we called Golden Rule and WOW! They met with me to explain the service, gave us great tips on securing our home, gave us updates throughout the trip (we had 1 window unlocked when they did their initial check) and upon our return we were given a list (thankfully short) of home maintenance issues that we should address. We didn't worry about our house for even a second while we were gone. Thank you Golden Rule! We will definitely use you in the future.”
— Alisa H., Reston Va.
Golden Rule Home Watch helped us immensely while our home was being renovated and we were staying out of town. In addition to regularly scheduled visits, someone was always able to swing by for adhoc requests as things arose during the renovation. From overseeing our initial move to the house, to furniture deliveries and countertop installations - they were there to help with it all. We never once worried about what was going on when one of the Golden Rule Home Watch employees was there. They always kept us abreast of situations, asking questions if needed and sending pictures of progress. They are above and beyond a Home Watch company - even offering referrals for painters, handymen, you name it. I cannot recommend them enough and am so happy we found them!
Ashley & Tim, Great Falls, Va.
My husband and I are in the Foreign Service and over the years we have always rented out our home when we went overseas. This time, though, our children were in college in the U.S. and needed a place to come home to during school breaks and – as it turned out – public health shutdowns. Golden Rule was the perfect answer to our dilemma of how we could maintain a home in the US for our children while we were not able to easily get back and forth from overseas. Dan and his colleagues visited every week and made sure everything was fine and important mail was handled properly. And because college students aren’t known for their neatness, Golden Rule arranged for semi-annual cleanings as well. I’ve been recommending Dan to all my colleagues. We couldn’t have done our jobs the last two years without him.
L.H., Vienna, Va
"Golden Rule Home Watch gave us great peace of mind when we were away from home. They visited our home regularly and sent us a detailed electronic report after each visit. The Golden Rule Team is friendly, knowledgeable and provided great customer service. I highly recommend!"
—Ann F. Mclean, Va
"The Golden Rule Team was very helpful and punctual. They worked with our corporate housing company to meet our goals and timeline for getting a residence available for a new guest. We highly recommend Golden Rule Home Watch & Concierge. Will be reaching out again for work in the future!."
— Kayla A., Houston, Tx.
"The professionals at Golden Rule can be trusted to watch over your home when you are away. Knowledgeable, systematic, and tech savvy, they provide real value through their services. We will reach out to them again the next time we are away from home. Give them a call; they have my highest recommendation."
— Rick H., Ashburn, Va.
"Golden Rule Home Watch checked on our home weekly when we were away. After each visit they emailed us a detailed report with pictures, comments and recommendations. Extreme attention to detail, courteous, and very responsible. We knew that our home was in good hands and we highly recommend Dan and the Golden Rule Team"
A.N., Clifton, Va
"Golden Rule Home Watch is the ‘premier' home monitoring service in our area. This organization impressed us with both their professionalism and their customer service oriented focus. They are quite thorough in their analysis and very conscientious. During our absence we found them to be very interactive, offering immediate responsiveness and detailed communications. They provide individualized care and could easily accommodate any special requests. Entrusting our home to their care gave us a real sense of comfort and security, we would not hesitate to use them again. This is a first class company!"
—Chelsea R., Great Falls, Va.
"Dan and Golden Rule Home Watch have provided extraordinary assistance to us in dealing with our insurance claim by providing documented technical environmental monitoring, real time response and comprehensive reports to verify moisture damage to our home following severe storm damage. Their documentation countered the insurance company's denial of non-visual damage within our walls which the claims adjuster overlooked/ignored. In addition, their devices are critical in continuous monitoring throughout the house. Hats off and kudos to Dan and Golden Rule for their assistance and expertise."
— Greg D., Reston Va.
"We are in the process of settling our parents' estate and until we decided what to do with the house, it was very comforting to know that Dan and his team were going to check on our home regularly and would keep us updated. Water came in to the basement, the hot water tank started to leak, furnace filters and smoke detectors batteries all needed to be addressed. Golden Rule provided our family with great peace of mind during a very difficult time.
—A. F, Arlington, Va.
I started working with Dan and his team in August 2020. Since that time, he has spent a good portion of the last two years looking after my home. I receive weekly reports detailing my home's current state and when I have had questions or concerns, Dan has quickly addressed them. I have great trust in Golden Rule to look after my home in my absence which gives me great peace of mind.
Julie, Reston, Va
Golden Rule Home Watch is a wonderful company to work with and great asset for the months we are away from our home. They visit our house weekly when we are gone, email us a very detailed report with pictures, comments and recommendations. Dan's attention to detail and work ethic are exceptional, not to mention he has been a joy to communicate with. My family and I were nervous leaving our house for so long but once we found Dan we knew it was in good hands and there was nothing to worry about. I highly recommend Dan and the Golden Rule Team!
E.M., McLean, Va.
"Peace of mind. That's what we received from Golden Rule Home Watch, and when you are going to Italy for a two week trip of a lifetime, it's hard to put a price tag on that. With all of the heavy rains and flooding in neighbors' basements, we were very concerned about leaving the house. Golden Rule monitored and provided periodic updates on the house, and we didn't have to worry. Simple, easy, no worries, friendly and attentive service. Well worth it!"
–Jim H., Reston, Va.
"Dan Lender of Golden Rule Home Watch (GRHW) was interviewed and selected by us based on the knowledge and professionalism he displayed. We left for a period of two months and quickly realized that we had made the right decision. In addition to being knowledgeable, Dan is detail oriented, trustworthy, and passionate about what he does. Dan visited the property weekly, watered the plants, walked the entire property, and picked up our mail. After each visit Dan emailed us a detailed report that included pictures, comments, and recommendations. Dan also sorted our mail separating junk from important mail and shipped us what appeared to be critical and time sensitive mail. My wife and I travel quite frequently and will always rely on GRHW to watch our home. We highly recommend Golden Rule Home Watch".
- Joe S., Great Falls, VA
"Golden Rule Home Watch checked on our home regularly when we were away. They created a custom checklist and sent us a completed copy after each visit with interior/exterior photos of our home (different each time) along with comments and recommendations. They also took care of packages that arrived unexpectedly. Dan and his team pay extreme attention to detail and are very responsive. We slept better at night knowing that the Golden Rule Team was looking after our home".
P.K., Vienna, Va
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Meet the Team
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Dan Lender, Principal
Dan co-founded Golden Rule Home Watch & Concierge to provide innovative home-watch services in Northern Virginia. With an abundance of experience in sales, information technology, cyber security, home repair and building strong client relationships, he committed to put all of that knowledge to work to help others.
Jenny Holsinger, Home Watch & Concierge Team
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Jenny has witnessed many changes both in Fairfax and Loudoun over the past years. After graduating from James Madison University with her degree in Education, she taught in private schools for 7 years.
Combining her past work and life experience with home watch training and familiarity with home systems, Jenny desires to provide excellent service and attention to detail in caring for clients’ homes. “For most people, their home may be their greatest investment and also the place where special memories are made”.
Amy Lender, Principal
Amy’s goal is to provide superior service to every client. She embraces the usefulness and possibilities of technology but understands that services should be tailored to individual clients’ wants and desires. She believes that only by thoroughly listening to and seeking to understand what they have in mind can a solution be found.
Yvonne Douglas, Home Watch & Concierge Team
Originally from Rochester, NY, Yvonne returned to that area after college to teach junior high and high school Spanish for three years. She then joined the Coast Guard and served for eight years as an officer in San Juan, Puerto Rico and in the DC metro area.
Throughout her life, Yvonne has had numerous service-oriented jobs and she understands the importance of understanding and meeting the client’s needs. Yvonne has been trained in home watch, home systems, and is very detail-oriented. She is excited to be a part of the Golden Rule Home Watch and Concierge team.
The last thing you need while you’re away from home is to worry. With Golden Rule, you’ll never have to.
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