Everyone is going home and they want to get all the last minute things done....like hiring or changing their home watch company. In the last two days I gained two new clients and they both had similar sad stories. I have to tell you, I am amazed that people that have had a bad experience with their home watch company have the faith and trust to try again. That is really awesome if you think about it. One of my new clients told me that when they arrived for their visit, they were literally locked out of their home because the hurricane shutter over their front door had never been taken off....from last year! They couldn't open the garage door because the hurricane brackets were still on. This was not a good start to their vacation after a long flight. When they finally got inside, it was to find a leak under a bathroom sink. There were other smaller things, too...but those two things were major. Later, they checked with the security guard at the gatehouse who had the ability through his computer system to see how many times the home watch person had been to their home. Would you believe 6 times in over a year!!!! Needless to say, this client paid for a lot more visits. My other new client had a similar story in that they were very sure their home watch person had not even visited their home at all. Besides all the other things you can say about these home watch people....what about the fact that taking money for something you aren't doing is stealing?
And yet my new clients were willing to try again. They realize how important it is to have someone check on their homes while they are gone...yet they are really at the mercy of anyone that says they are a great home watch company and promises them the moon.
So how do you find a good, honest, home watch company? Like finding the perfect doctor, there is no foolproof way, but there are things to look for and things you can do after you hire them.
While these things won't guarantee a good company, you will know they are a legitimate company that has insurance if something goes wrong, and you know up front how much you will be charged for the services you sign up for.
Some other things to look for:
After you hire a home watch company:
Well, this has gotten very long, and if you are still reading...good for you! It is just that this is a very important subject and I seem to have a lot to say....lol! There are probably more things I'll think of after I sign off...if so and they are important...I'll update this.
I hope this has helped you in the search for an honest, reliable, legitimate home watch company.