The 6 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Home Watch.
Even though the Home Watch industry has been around for more than a decade, some people either haven’t heard of it or don’t understand what it does. Let’s look at six of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Home Watch.
FAQ 1: What is Home Watch?
The National Home Watch Association defines Home Watch as “A visual inspection of a home or property, looking for obvious issues.” It is a service or set of services provided by a professional Home Watch company like Golden Rule Home Watch & Concierge to inspect your property while you are away, look for potential problems, and report back to the property owner in order to prevent or mitigate issues and provide peace of mind.
FAQ 2: Is Home Watch a security service?
No, although many people mistake it as such. However, Home Watch can provide a visible presence in your home to help thwart any criminal activity. Your Home Watch professional is also in communication with local law enforcement and emergency services, should the need arise or an alarm be triggered.
FAQ 3: Do I need a Home Watch service?
Yes. As you know from experience, anything can happen to your home at any time. The HVAC system could go down and create overly cold or too hot conditions, an electrical problem may occur and potentially spark a fire, storms might wreak damage, or thieves could break in when they know you’re away. A Home Watch professional looks for potential or current issues, performs preventive and proactive measures, like in the event of an oncoming storm, and can help with regular maintenance that may help prevent unpleasant situations.
FAQ 4: What if the Home Watch professional finds an issue?
Your certified Home Watch company has the training, experience and judgment to take care of just about any situation. If there is an emergency, your Home Watch professional will handle it in the fastest and safest way, keeping in mind cost-effectiveness. For a non-emergency issue, you will be contacted to decide on the appropriate course of action.
FAQ 5: Should I check for any kind of accreditation or certification with my Home Watch professional?
Yes. Not every company that claims to be a Home Watch company is a member of the National Home Watch Association, and many of them may not qualify to be a member, since there are strict Code of Ethics requirements and standards to be followed. For your peace of mind, rely on a NHWA member who is certified. This ensures the company is insured, bonded and licensed. Read our blog post on Dan Lender’s Home Watch Certification.
FAQ 6: Does a Home Watch company offer other services?
Each Home Watch company can provide a slightly-different set of additional services. These can include scheduling, meeting and chaperoning contractors and other specialized concierge services for your unique needs. Golden Rule Home Watch can even prepare your home for your absence and get it ready for your return. Ask about the company’s concierge services and any unique services you’d like them to perform. Read our blog post about Golden Rule’s Concierge Services.
Golden Rule Home Watch Provides Peace of Mind for Northern Virginia Homeowners
These are some of the most frequently asked questions or FAQs we hear about Home Watch. We’re sure you have more questions too! If you’d like to find out more about Home Watch services, or talk about having Golden Rule Home Watch & Concierge watch your home while you’re away, please contact us for a free initial consultation at 855-928-2424. Or fill out the convenient online form in our “Contact Us” header and we will get back to you quickly.
Golden Rule Home Watch & Concierge serves home and business owners throughout Northern Virginia.