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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Major Storms and the Home Watch Advantage      

The Home Watch advantage can be demonstrated in many ways but when severe weather hits, our clients are given information and action as needed no matter where the owner resides or are traveling.

In the months of May and June, Fernandina Beach and the Amelia Island area had two severe tropical storms cause damage to homes. Tropical storm Beryl hit with high winds and rain and tropical storm Debbie stalled leaving over 18” of rain bringing power outages and flooding.

At Home Watch Service Plus we are your eyes and ears as the storm approaches, during the storm and then during the cleanup and repairing of properties. This service is referred to as our “Pre-Storm and Post- Storm” services.

As both Beryl and Debbie approached our area each client received updates by phone and by email as to what was taking place and expected during the storm. This communication allowed our clients to inform us how they wanted their windows, doors, pools, outdoor furniture/BBQ , vehicles, boats and other personal items taken care of.

During the storm we monitor each home for electrical outages, water and wind damage and other items as requested. Communication with all clients take place using smart phones, emails and photos and take place around the clock as the storm continues.

At Home Watch Service Plus, we inspect each home checking the primary concerns such as roofs and windows leaking water, tree damage to homes and personal property, flooding, and electrical concerns with keeping refrigerators running and food not spoiling. One client wrote back asking us to check his refrigerator first as this happened years ago and they had chicken spoil and it took months to get the smell out of the house.

During Beryl and Debbie we experienced tripped electrical breakers, doors missing, windows and roofs leaking, fences damaged, trees down and limbs and debris on roofs and in yards and swimming pools. One garage was flooded and turned personal property on the floor into a mildew nightmare. We worked with a lot of minor damage that could have been major problems had they not been taken care of promptly.

Home watching is a service to monitor your home in your absence. It is a form of house sitting but we do not reside in your home. We check the home as often as you wish. Whether your home is a second home or you travel and are away often, make sure you have a plan to assure it is taken care of in your absence.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Retirement - Will They be the Golden Years?

Recent retirement news indicates that three out of five workers in the 50 to 60 age group are planning to work beyond the age of 65. Why? Lack of retirement funds and health insurance. Working longer is a great option if you work for a company that will support you beyond the age of 60. With the current high unemployment rate and younger people being hired with current training and technological skills, your chances of maintaining a high paying position beyond the age of 60 is not very good.

As the baby boomers age,  jobs for ages 60+ will become very competitive and difficult to obtain. Is it too late to start a new career? Have you dreamed of owning your own business? If you start from scratch with an unproven business plan your chances of failing in the first year is over 50%.

There is another option… franchising! The advantage of franchising is to help small businesses make sure they are doing the right work with less wrong experiences. In comparison to start-up businesses, franchises have a 75% success ratio beyond 5 years.

Home Watch Service Plus is designed for all ages and appeals to the 50+ age group. Our franchise prototype combines proven home services marketed in a unique way allowing home owners a one-stop maintenance and monitoring service package while allowing the franchise owner income far beyond the normal retirement age.

Contact Home Watch Service Plus for a low cost, rewarding, turn-key franchise opportunity.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Home Sitting or Home Watching

The Home Watch industry is often mentioned as House Sitters and many advertising companies and individuals want to combine our efforts as being part of the same industry. In reality, we are very different. In the following paragraphs Home Watch Service Plus will explore the basic differences in services between Home Sitting/House Sitting and Home Watching.

The primary objective of Home Watching is to inspect the interior and exterior of homes weekly, bi-weekly or by contracted dates as the owners are absent. Home Watch Service Plus inspects for issues with neighbors, squatters, vandalism, water leaks, intrusion of animals/rodents, bugs/insects, weather/wind damage, plumbing, electrical, air conditioning/heating, mold/mildew and other issues. While inspecting homes HWS PLUS also provides scheduled maintenance programs, repair as needed, and become the client’s eyes and ears for maintaining their homes. We find the problem, report to the client, offer solutions, and repair. In short, we are “The Home Services Management Team”. At HWS PLUS we treat our client’s home as if it were ours.

Defining House Sitting From Wikipedia - House Sitting is the practice whereby a landlord (or "homeowner"), leaving their house for a period of time, entrusts it to one or more "house sitters", who by a mutual agreement are entitled to live there rent-free in exchange for assuming responsibilities such as taking care of the homeowner's pets, performing general maintenance (including pools, lawns, air-conditioning systems, etc.), keeping trespassers off the property, readdressing the mail, and in general, making sure that everything runs smoothly just as if the owner were at home.

At Home Watch Service Plus we are professional inspectors and service managers maintaining and protecting your home. House Sitters maintain your home while residing in it during your absence.

Monday, October 10, 2011

New Home Watch Service Plus Site is Launched

The new Home Watch Service Plus web site is now open!

After many months of hard work our site is launched with features to assist our clients understand the HWS PLUS difference and the many services we provide. Our Services page only lists the primary groups of services so contact your local franchise for a list of services tailored for your market. A good example would be snow removal in the north and pool maintenance in the south. The "Home Watch" services include 30 Interior and 40 Exterior checks with each home and the "Additional" services include near 100 other services we can provide you and your family.

Our Locations page directs you to a map where you then click on a state and the markets where  our franchises are located. Watch us grow as we have locations starting in many states and our goal is to service our clients with homes in multiple locations.

Click on About to learn the HWS PLUS program, how we are different, and the way we communicate to give you peace of mind and satisfaction that your property is being taken care of.

If you have questions please Contact Us.

Thanks for visiting our site!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hello World

Hello, and welcome to the official Blog of Home Watch Service Plus!

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