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What if Something Breaks in Your Home While You’re Away?

April 15, 2022


When you leave your home for an extended period of time, you can’t help but worry what’s happening with your house when you’re not there. Has a storm come up and damaged the roof? Has someone tried to break in—or been successful? Did the power go out and the electrical system was damaged? Did a pipe burst? What if something breaks in your home while you’re away? Not to put fears into your head, but these are real situations that can—and do—happen. We’ve seen it.

When you hire Golden Rule Home Watch & Concierge, it is our job to put these worries to rest. You can be assured that a professional trained in the systems and functions of a home is watching over your home for you. We go much further than having a neighbor occasionally drop by to pick up the mail. We thoroughly review your home’s interior and exterior, along with its systems to monitor for any changes.

What Happens if Something Breaks in Your Home While You’re Away?

We'll Notify You

On each visit to your home, our professional goes through a specific checklist to monitor the condition of your house. We’ll walk around the home to check for signs of tampering or storm damage, tour the interior for any changes, and check your HVAC, plumbing and electrical home systems. You’ll receive a detailed report after each visit.

Should we find that something breaks while you’re away, we notify you immediately. You’ll be informed of the problem and any damage, along with a detailed report and photographs. We’ll also offer to help remedy the situation.

We maintain a vetted list of contractors and others who can help and can make these professionals available to you. We can obtain price quotes, upon your request. We can also arrange to meet the professional at your home, allow access, and remain there while the service is being performed. There’s no need for you to rush home to take care of it. Our team understands how things should be fixed correctly, and we’ll monitor the work and its resolution. Progress reports will be made along the way. And at any time, if you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact us.

We’ll Notify the Authorities

If we find an issue that needs to be reported to the authorities, like the police or fire department, like a break-in or gas leak, for example, we will notify them immediately and meet them at the house to review the situation. You, of course, will be notified as well. We’ll document the issue and the visit with notes and photographs for your review.

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We'll Coordinate with the Insurance Company

If your insurance company needs to get involved, we are glad to meet the agent at the property as well, and will cooperate in any way we can to help remediate the situation and protect your home should something break while you're away. Let us be your feet on the ground.

As you know, anything can happen. Protect your home and your time away by hiring a Home Watch professional like Golden Rule.

Northern Virginia Home Watch Services

If you live in the Northern Virginia area, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about how Golden Rule Home Watch & Concierge services can help you alleviate your worries and protect your property when you’re not there. Contact us for your free initial consultation at 855-928-2424.