What types of things does a custom Home Watch Inspection entail to minimize the risk of Major Damage
Home Watch Exterior Check
Roof - Do a visual check from ground level of roof and gutters. Look for wind damage to roofing or debris in gutters that could prevent water from draining.
Exterior - Pick up any mail, flyers and newspapers on front porch, mailbox and yard, and leave them on the kitchen counter or forward to client if requested.
Exterior - Walk entire exterior of home inspecting for signs of vandalism or forced entry
Landscaping - Monitor landscaping for damage or service-related issues that may need addressing.
Screens - Check screen enclosures for any obvious damage.
Exterior Windows - Check exterior windows and doors. Are they all closed, secure and showing no signs of forced entry?
Exterior Perimeter - Check for any signs of insect or rodent damage or water damage.
Yard - Check for any issues, such as a non-working sprinkler system or storm damage. Is the yard/landscape being properly maintained ? If the home requires yard work, we inform the owner, as a yard that is not being maintained can be a signal to burglars that the house is not occupied.
Exterior Faucets and Hoses - Are they turned off, put away and okay?
Exterior Lights - Check and replace bulbs if necessary*
Pool Area - Check if applicable for issues. Homeowner should have a pool maintenance firm doing regular checks and cleaning.
Garage Door - Is it secure? Visible Damage? Is the bottom rubber gasket tight to the floor to prevent insect entry?
Yard Shed - If applicable - Make sure the shed is secured and shows no sign of tampering or forced entry.
Home Watch Interior Check
Interior Temperature and Humidity - Check in the main living area on every visit. If the temperature or humidity are above or below normal, it’s time to check the heating/air condition system for any problems.
Alarm system - If applicable - Make sure it's armed and functional.
Interior Windows - Check when to make sure all windows are closed, secured and undamaged.
Ceilings - Check for any signs of leaks or water damage.
Insects or Rodents - Check for any sign of droppings or other activity.
Plumbing Leaks - Check for leaks under each sink, toilet, shower and tub.
Mold or Odors - Check for mold or unusual odors in each room.
Thermostat - Verify correct temperature on each visit.
Smoke/CO2 Detectors - Test for functionality and check for low battery beeps. We will replace battery if needed.*
Sink Faucet - Turn on faucets and check for leaks or drips under sink.
Refrigerator - Is the refrigerator running smoothly and cooling properly? Any moldy food inside? Is the ice maker turned off ?
Garbage Disposal - If applicable - Run briefly on every visit to prevent motor from seizing up.
Insects or Rodent - Check in and under cabinets and drawers on every visit.
Dishwasher - Run once monthly on short cycle and check for leaks and functionality.
Main Living Area
Check for signs or water damage or mold.
Check for insects or rodents
Check for signs of water damage or mold.
Check for insects or rodents.
Leaks or drips - Turn on bathroom faucets and check under sink for leaks or drips.
Toilets - Flush toilets on every visit to make sure they are working okay.
Mold - Check around tubs, showers and bathroom for mold.
Electrical Panel - Are any breakers tripped?
Water Heater - Any leaks or signs of corrosion? Circuit breaker for water heater should be turned off if house is unoccupied for extended periods.
Washer/Dryer - Any signs of leaks? Check water supply hoses (if accessible) for any signs of leaks or turn off valves if they are easily accessible.
System Check - If the temperature and humidity check is high or low, turn on either the heating system or air conditioning to verify it is working. If not, report to owner so a qualified contractor can check system.
Garage Interior - Have a look around to make sure everything looks okay.
Insects/Rodents - Any signs of insect or rodent infestation?
Garage Door - Opener should be in “locked” position while owners are away to prevent accidental opening.
* Replacement supplies billed to Homeowner separately