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Who’s Checking Your Home?

January 11, 2022


When you leave home, whether for a short vacation or an extended time, who’s checking your home?

  • Are you asking the neighbor or the neighbor’s kids to walk around the house once in a while?
  • Do you rely on a family member who comes in to water the plants occasionally?

Home Watch is a serious business and one that can both protect your home and vehicles, and provide you with peace of mind when you’re not at home.

What does a Home Watch professional check?

Golden Rule Home Watch provides each client with a checklist of items that will be monitored throughout the length of the homeowner's time away. This includes both interior and exterior checks as well as specified concierge-type assignments.

Exterior Check

We will walk the property around your home (or business) to ensure that there are no signs of break-ins or damage from storms. We’ll perform a visual check on exterior lighting, doors, windows, landscaping, the structure, and features such as a pool or fountain.

Anti-Crime Check

We will look for any signs of crime around your home and report to both you and the local authorities if anything is found. Break-ins, thefts and vandalism can often be thwarted by giving your home the appearance that someone is at home.

HVAC System Check

You want to maintain consistent temperatures in your home while you’re away, otherwise the environment could become too hot or too cold and create issues. You should be able to rely on a professional to make sure that your heating and air conditioning systems are working properly, and that the thermostats are set correctly. Monitoring your HVAC systems can also result in lower energy bills and elimination of costly repair bills.

Appliance Check

You don’t have to worry about whether you’ve left the stove or other appliance on because Golden Rule Home Watch will check on all your major appliances for both safe operation and ensure that they are operating correctly for your return.

Plumbing Check

The last thing you need is a flooded basement from a leaking water heater. We’ll investigate all plumbing connections, such as your water heater, washing machine and dishwasher, to make sure they are secure. We also monitor your other plumbing features—the toilets. Regular flushing helps to prevent mold, mildew and gases buildup, and keeps pipes flowing.

Related: 10 Silent Signs Your House has a Major Plumbing Problem

Vehicles Check

Leaving your automobile or other vehicle sitting for an extended period of time is not good for the engine or the tires. Many people think about having their home monitored, but not about who’s checking their home-bound vehicles. We can add a fuel stabilizer, test the battery, install a “smart” battery tender, inspect the tires or move the car to eliminate flat spots. We can also start/run the car to lubricate the gaskets and seals. See our post: “What Happens to Your Car When it Sits.”

You’ll Never Have to Wonder Who’s Checking Your Home When You Work with Golden Rule Home Watch

At Golden Rule Home Watch & Concierge, it is our business to care for your home when you’re not there to do it yourself. Give yourself the peace of mind knowing that a professional is there in your place. We provide a range of Home Watch services and are licensed, bonded and insured for your safety.

If you would like Golden Rule Home Watch to perform regular maintenance tasks or engage service people to repair or maintain your home systems or vehicles, we can arrange that as well. We maintain a full roster of experienced professionals who work with us. We will make arrangements and remain with the service person throughout the job, and report the results to you, the homeowner.

When you go away, don’t worry about who’s checking your Northern Virginia home. Contact Golden Rule Home Watch & Concierge.