Our promise to you is that we will be transparent and exact in our reporting every time we complete an inspection. As home watch professionals, we’ve been trained to think a little differently in order to inspect and recognize the early warning signs and irregularities in a home or on a property that may lead to potential disaster such as water damage, mold, or other types of damage. We understand problem identification and problem management, as well as maintenance. We are trained in the exclusive Water Zone Home Watch Method. Whether you have a stand-alone home, or a condo, our inspection is very similar. We offer customized checklists for each of our clients, but here’s a brief checklist for the types of things we do when we do the average weekly home visit.
Grounds and Exterior Inspection
- Check mailbox and remove all newspapers, flyers, and mail.
- Check front of property for papers and items left at front door
- Visually inspect exterior of home looking for any kind of damage or vandalism such as broken windows, or forced doors.
- Check for any kind of damage to lanai enclosures, screens or the structure of the cage.
- Look at window screens, roof, fences or other exterior structures for damage.
- Visually inspect to ensure lawn and pool services have been performed.
- Check for signs that any kind of insects, wild animals or other pests may have gotten entryway into the house, or are damaging the exterior of the house or lawn.
- Check on water level of pool and condition of the water.
- Turn on the water
Interior Home Inspection
- Check all windows and doors for any damage and to ensure they were locked.
- Check for signs of insects, rodents or pests.
- Check all closets, storage cabinets and pantry.
- Run water in sinks, tubs and showers and brush and flush toilet to cycle the water.
- Run a short cycle of the dishwasher and washing machine.
- Check refrigerator, freezer and wine coolers for proper operation and temperature.
- Verify air conditioner and humidistat settings.
- Visually check for signs of mold, mildew and water damage.
- Check clocks and reset them if there was a power outage.
- Check garage and make sure door is locked.
- Check the circuit breaker panels
- Check the water heater to be sure it is on vacation mode or turned off at the circuit breaker.
- Turn off water supply when leaving.
- Enable security system and lock the doors when leaving,.
You may well be thinking, “Why do I need my condo watched?” Like many people, you may mistakenly believe that because you have a condo as your seasonal home, your management company will take care of it. Unfortunately, it’s even more important to have your home inspected weekly if you own a condo. Because not only are you responsible for your condo, you will also be responsible if a disaster, such as a water leak, causes damage to other condos or any common areas. In fact, some insurance policies won’t pay claims if your property is vacant for weeks or months a time with no professional home watch company overseeing it. And in that same vein, check your condo association rules, because some associations also require a home watch professional to do regular inspections for seasonal condo owners.