Updated: Apr 4
At Safe Home Management (SHM) we use the term Home Watch with some trepidation. Home Watch seems limited and doesn’t really capture the level of service we provide. The truth is, we are much more than a South Florida 'Home Watch' company; we offer a complete range of home and property management services in Boca Raton and the surrounding areas. However, Home Watch is a commonly used term to refer to Absentee Homeowner Inspections, which are an important part of what we do, so it’s paramount to understand the difference between SHM and the typical home watch services offered here in South Florida.
What is South Florida Home Watch?
The term 'Home Watch' is used to refer to Absentee Homeowner Inspections, Unoccupied Residence, or Property Inspection Services. These services are designed for second homeowners and rental property owners who are away from their properties in South Florida, for example, in another city or state, for extended periods.
South Florida Home Watch is a valued service that provides assurance and protection for your home or property in SFL through regular on-site inspections. During these visits, a Safe Home Management professional will look for signs of damage or danger, both immediate and potential.
The Safe Home Management Approach
While we cannot speak for other Home Watch Services in South Florida, at Safe Home Management, we have developed a 37-point checklist, below is a short overview of the items we inspect, every time we visit your home in South Florida:
Exterior for signs of damage, wear and tear, and animal/pest intrusions
Landscaping, exterior lighting, and patio/porch areas to ensure everything is in its right place and working correctly
Signs of wood rot on the house
Length of trees to ensure they are trimmed away from the house
The interior of your home, paying special attention to ensure that your appliances, HVAC units, and water heater are in good condition
All your lights get tested and bulbs are replaced if needed
The attic, garage, and crawl spaces get thorough inspections
We make sure there are no leaks in the house, especially in the attic and around the windows
Testing your alarm systems
Ensure your property is properly locked and secured when we leave
And much more!
No stone goes unturned. Along with these standard house watch services, we also provide many of our clients with a complete range of additional services in South Florida. These include pre-arrival home preparations and cleanings, post-departure home cleanings and closings, triggered alarm response, hurricane and flooding notifications, storm preparations and post-storm response, and Vehicle Concierge in South Florida. As part of our comprehensive home watch service in South Florida, Safe Home Management is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies such as triggered alarms and storm preparations. Whenever you need us, we will be there for you. When you hire Safe Home Management for your South Florida property, you can relax and have peace of mind knowing that your home is properly maintained and protected.
Benefits of Safe Home Management Services, SFL
We feel that there are many reasons our services are different from our competition. However, when it comes to Home Watch in South Florida, there are many distinctions between what we do, and what a typical home watch company in South Florida will provide.
Receive a Free No-Obligation Whole Home Survey
Even before you decide to work with us, we will schedule a free, no-obligation South Florida Whole Home Survey for you. Fill out your contact information in the form to the right and one of our Home Service Managers in South Florida will contact you. During this meeting, your personal Home Service Manager will come to your SFL home to pre-inspect your property and outline a South Florida Home Watch Inspection plan for your specific needs. We realize that, while our 37-point checklist is a great starting point, many South Florida homes have specific needs and requirements. Your Safe Home Service Manager in South Florida will discuss any special requirements with you and add those to your homes’ customized inspection protocol. Before we begin any work, your Safe Home Watch plan will be put into writing, along with a clear cost quotation.
At Safe Home Management, we offer weekly, twice a month, or once a month inspections of your South Florida home, while most of our competitors only offer monthly inspections. In our experience, too much can happen in thirty days. A minor leak can turn into major water damage, a small animal or pest intrusion can turn into a full-scale invasion, and a broken or malfunctioning appliance can become a fire hazard. During our Whole Home Survey of your South Florida property, we will discuss our recommendations for the frequency of inspections for your home. A key factor in determining how often we visit your home in South Florida is the age and condition of your property.
Fully Bonded, Licensed, and Insured
Another important point of differentiation between Safe Home Management and other home watch providers in South Florida is that we are fully bonded, insured, and licensed in the State Of Florida.
Peace of Mind
Because we are a comprehensive home watch service in South Florida, the Safe Home team is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies at any time, providing you peace of mind. As the listed emergency contact for our clients' homes, we have called out to homes in the middle of the night to respond to triggered alarms, floods, fire, animal intrusions, loss of electricity, heat, or water, and much more. You can rest assured that we will come anytime, day or night.
Many second homes and rental property owners in South Florida will decide that they do not need a Safe Home Watch service. They go at it alone, or they will rely on a neighbor or nearby family member to ‘keep an eye out’ and hope that nothing goes wrong. This can have disastrous results. Our South Florida home watch team is experienced and trained to spot issues and deal with them most effectively and efficiently. By choosing a professional Home Watch service like Safe Home Management for your South Florida home, you can be assured that your property will be cared for, maintained, and protected while you are away.
If you would like to learn more about Home Watch Inspection services in South Florida from Safe Home Management, please call us at 561.332.8442 or contact us, and one of our Home Service Managers will contact you to set up an appointment.
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