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A Home Watch License?

I can't help it....I just have to laugh and shake my head.  I check out the web to see what the competition is up to and I actually came across a home watch website that claims to have a Home Watch license.  Really?  There is NO home watch license that is issued by the state of Florida or Collier county.  I know.  We checked when we first started our business and wanted to make sure we had everything we needed to be a legal, professional company. 

This reminds me of the home watch company's that say they are property managers, yet have no real estate license, which is required by the Department of Business and Professional Regulations. 

I hope that seasonal residents don't get taken in by this silly hype.  If a company is not being truthful about those types of things, what else are they not being truthful about? 

When you are looking for a home watch company, you should look for these things:
  1. Are they insured?
  2. Are they bonded?
  3. Are they experienced in actually doing home watch?
  4. Are they accessible by phone or email and do they return your calls promptly?

Some other added benefits are construction experience, property management experience, disaster experience, and keeping up to date with technology of all types.  Testimonials are also good.  Ask if you can call any of their clients for a reference. 

So, we don't have a home watch license.  If they ever regulate this profession you can be sure we'll be among the first in line to get one.  We would welcome regulation of this profession.....horror stories abound! 

So be careful out their!  Do your homework....and then call us!

4 Comments to A Home Watch License?:

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haute hippie on Sunday, September 25, 2011 10:53 AM
Great blog.
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GYPSY CLOTHES on Sunday, October 09, 2011 3:27 PM
Still a great blog my friend.
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vacation packages on Tuesday, December 04, 2012 3:47 AM
Informative article at all! Your have written about an important matter. Every people should think about a home watcher who has license and other thing that posted in your blog. Thanks for this article and keep it up! :)
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Jon Clark on Saturday, July 20, 2013 7:59 AM
Diane, Good stuff. My home watch corner of the world is Cape Cod MA and we're actually required to be licensed by the State Police. The process includes the requisite fee but also an extensive background check and interview. Beyond the law it does lend a degree of peace of mind to the cautious homeowner. The issue up here seems to be the polar opposite of your situation which is to say that there are scores of companies claiming to be licensed when in fact they're riding a construction or improvement license. Slipper slope on all fronts. Best, Jon
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