Home visit

We at Acuity Home Watch recommend regular home inspections to safeguard your residence.  The National Home Watch Association describes Home Watch as “a visual inspection of a home or property looking for obvious issues”. While a neighbor’s presence may provide peace of mind, it may be a false sense of security with limited effectiveness.  Most insurance companies highly recommend at least weekly inspection visits.  It is not unusual for an insurance claim to be denied because your seasonal home was vacant and not monitored regularly. 

 

Our regular, comprehensive home watch inspections include the following:

 

Upon Arrival

  • Exterior check of grounds, landscape, pests, lawn and sprinklers

  • Remove newspapers, flyers, check mailbox

  • Visual check of outdoor light fixtures

  • Visual exterior check including roof (from ground), screens, windows, AC units, fence

  • Turn water ON – “gingerly”

  • Enter home, disarm security system, if appropriate

 

Interior Check

  • Check all windows and doors for damage and ensure they are locked

  • Visual check for signs of water damage, mold and mildew

  • Cycle the water: brush and flush toilets, run water in sinks (including garbage disposal), tubs and showers

  • Short cycle dishwasher and washer

  • Check the water heater – it should be turned OFF at circuit breaker, or on Vacation Mode, when water main is OFF.  If there is a Circulator Pump, that should be OFF.  Procedure varies by type of water heater

  • Check for signs of insects, pests and rodents

  • Check closets, pantry and storage cabinets

  • Verify AC and humidistat settings; adjust as necessary

  • Check refrigerator, freezers and wine coolers for proper temp and operation

  • Reset clocks after power outage

  • Check circuit breaker panels

  • Check garage (including trash) and make sure door to garage is locked

 

Lanai and Pool Area

  • Check water level and condition of water

  • Check equipment and pool control panel

  • Check screen door, screening and cage structure

 

Departure

  • Final departure: “Look. Listen. Lock.”

  • Enable security system, lock doors

  • Turn OFF water supply

 

This is a general Home Watch Checklist.  Exact services may vary by property/residence and homeowner requests. Contact us for more information catered to your specific needs.