Best Home Watch Practices

I have a best practice that not all my clients understand.  When they leave their home for an extended period of time one of my best practices is to have a home visit to their home in under 24 hours.  The reason for this?  Even with the best of intentions people leave their homes and forget to do something.  I have found unlocked windows, an unlocked door, air conditioning systems not functioning, pool automatic overflow systems broken (pool overflowing), ice makers full, water left ON,  just to name a few.

These items put a vacant home at risk.  If I waited 2 weeks to visit their homes after they leave, just think of the expense of the pool water in constant fill mode.  That would be a big water bill.  Not to mention the security risks of unlocked homes.

Some clients think this practice just drives up the number of visits, however this one visit saved a client lots of money, so I make the visits shortly after the homeowner leaves for good reason and there is value in these perceived extra visits.

I also perform what I call the Murphy's Law visit, I make a home watch visit just before a client returns.  Why?  For my part I want to make sure all my hard work while they were gone for six months or more does not get wasted on an issue that can happen just prior to their return.  The other reason is to protect the home owner from any issues that they may have to face if I did not make a visit just before them returning.  This practice keeps everyone happy.  Both visits provide value.

 Pool filled to top overflowing to grass behind house via the overflow pipe.

Pool filled to top overflowing to grass behind house via the overflow pipe.

 Pool flooding grass with city water with auto fill stuck ON.

Pool flooding grass with city water with auto fill stuck ON.