Choosing Accredited Home Watch

I joined the National Home Watch Association (NHWA) because I wanted to differentiate myself from the competition in the area.  Several businesses offer home-watching services.  However, they may be uninsured or underinsured and do not have the training to conduct a proper home watch visit.

NHWA required 904 Home Watch to follow certain requirements before becoming accredited with the backing of NHWA.  I had to have my background checked, provide references, acquire the proper business licenses, insurance, and surety bond as well as agree to adhere to the organization’s Code of Ethics which ultimately protects the client’s best interest and work in a manner to move the industry forward.

NHWA offers training boot camps, continuing education, and a Certified Home Watch Professional certification to help set the accredited businesses apart from the competition.  Constant conversation and information sharing is highly encouraged through a variety of forums that the organization has available.

The Association’s mission is to establish and maintain the highest set of standards and code of ethics for all home watch companies.  NHWA also wants to establish and maintain trust and build confidence between owners and home watch professionals.  Being held accountable, the trust between individuals, and the subsequent confidence that comes with that trust is the cornerstone of a successful business and are at the core of my individual beliefs.

Reprinted with the permission of the National Home Watch Association.

Benefits of Hiring an Accredited Home Watch Service

  • An Accredited Home Watch service’s regular visits to your property may prevent or lessen property damage.
  • An Accredited Home Watch service will create a presence in your home which may deter squatters and other intruders.
  • Accredited Home Watch inspectors will look for leaks, insect infestations, mold and other potential threats.
  • An Accredited Home Watch service will deliver consistent an accurate information to you during your absence.
  • An Accredited Home Watch service can make arrangements for work to be done in your absence, leaving you to do what you wish once you return.
  • An Accredited Home Watch service can act as your liaison between contractors, associations, Realtors and virtually anyone that you authorize them to.
  • An Accredited Home Watch service will implement your storm plan.
  • An Accredited Home Watch service will answer alarm calls.
  • Homes controlled by an HOA/POA have bylaws that dictate how their exterior and ground are to be maintained. An Accredited Home Watch service will make itself aware of these rules and make sure that your home is kept within guidelines. They will address any problems with landscapers and lawn services.
  • For condo owners, while an HOA/POA is responsible for common grounds and common areas, you are responsible for everything from the “studs in”. Problems in an upstairs unit can create major damage to the unit below. Common pipes in common walls are also notorious for causing problems to multiple units. An Accredited Home Watch service can discover issues prior to your return.
  • An Accredited Home Watch service will give you peace of mind, knowing that your home is being looked after by professionals who have your best interests in mind.