Frequently Asked Questions – Home Watch Company

What is the NHWA?

The National Home Watch Association is a group of elite Home Watch services, from across the U.S. and Canada, that has agreed to operate their businesses according to a certain set of standards and guidelines. These standards and guidelines are meant to ensure that the clients of these Accredited Members are fully protected by the insurance and bonding provided by them. In addition, Accredited Members have agreed to uphold and abide by the Code of Ethics and Mission Statement of the NHWA.

Why is the NHWA important to the Home Watch industry?

Because there are no set rules or standards required to operate a Home Watch business, there are many companies that have little or no insurance or bonding. Many are unlicensed and don't perform background checks on employees. With the amount of new Home Watch services opening each month, it is very important for the consummate company to separate from the rest of the pack. The NHWA is also committed to educating the public as to what a Home Watch company actually does. Common misconceptions about being a security or house-sitting service continue to be a problem throughout the industry.

Why is the NHWA important to the general public?

Trust is paramount in the Home Watch business. If we lose the trust of our public or clientele because an uninsured or careless company makes mistakes, or items go missing, the potential damage to the reputation of Home Watch could be devastating. Because our entire membership has been vetted, the recommendation of the NHWA carries weight and makes clients more confident with their choice.

Why should my company become a member of the NHWA?

Membership in the NHWA shows concern for your own business. As membership grows, so too does the legitimacy of the Home Watch industry. The federal government does not yet recognize the autonomy of Home Watch. This is evidenced by the lack of a NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) code assigned to our industry. Difficulty in obtaining general liability insurance is a direct result of not having an individual classification code. Consider the possibilities of having a recognized relationship with insurance companies and lending establishments. With accreditation, you'll become a member of a growing association of companies that are ready to be counted. For more info, visit our Reasons to Join page.

What can NHWA Accreditation do for my company?

Aside from the status of being a member, a big reason for membership is marketing. By becoming accredited, your company will be listed on the NHWA website. Customers will find you directly through the site with the recommendation of the NHWA. (See Reasons to Join) As a sponsored site, the NHWA ad appears immediately, ahead of all competing companies, putting your company front and center, regardless of your page ranking.

How can NHWA membership improve my business?

How do I apply for membership in the NHWA?

Applying for accreditation is easy. Simply download the Application for Membership and provide us with the required information. We'll also need your insurance information, copies of licenses, a head shot, and a bio about yourself. There will also be a phone interview.

What is the cost of membership?

The annual dues are $395 for Home Watch services. (See Reasons to Join) Affiliate memberships are also available.

 

Have more questions? Contact the NHWA today.