Boca Bridges residents who hire a home watch service generally fall into one of three groups: seasonal residents (also known as snowbirds), frequent business travelers, and owners seeking an extra set of eyes on their home.

Here are the top three pitfalls to avoid when hiring a home watch company:

  1. Infrequent Inspections

Many home watch service providers offer once per month visits. While this may or may not suffice as mandated as a condition of coverage of your homeowner’s insurance policy, it is utterly ineffective as too much can go wrong in a month. At minimum, you want inspections done three times per month, but ideally once a week.

Our HomeWatch Service consists of weekly inspections.

  1. Cutting Corners

A cursory drive past your residence does not equate to a full home watch inspection. Especially in a tropical climate, like Florida, you want someone to go into your home to check the humidity level and adjust the thermostat accordingly (depending, obviously, on type of home and equipment). An internal check should also include tasks such as examining all shower heads, tubs, and faucets for dripping, looking for leaks under all cabinets, noticing obvious signs of mildew.

A thorough external inspection should include tasks such as checking for excessive dirt or discoloration and the water level of your pool and spa, signs of pest infestation, and downed trees, weeds in the pavers, mold on the driveway /or patio.

  1. Poor Communication

You may have heard the horror stories of absentee homeowners who have come home unexpectedly to find a visit check-in sheet filled out for six weeks in advance.

Gardens Home Management Services stands out thanks to our HomeWatch Software Program that emails you a report verifying every time we are in your home and what was inspected. Included in the email are pictures and a checklist of the inspection completed at your home.

Should the complete interior and exterior inspection of your home turn up an issue that needs attention, we can recommend preferred vendors. You can rest assured that the vendor has been vetted and their workmanship and timeliness is guaranteed.

We always strive to provide complete customer satisfaction. To achieve this, we make ourselves available to our customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round.

Risky Business

Although the home watch industry is currently unregulated, you want peace of mind that the specialists involved in taking care of your home are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. We are!

Additionally, check the licensing for all the contractors. At Gardens Home Management Services, we have an electronic database of vendors and are automatically notified should something go wrong.

For more information on a HomeWatch Service you can trust to care for your Boca Bridges home, contact us without delay.