Congratulations to SureLook Home Watch on their second-year accreditation from the NHWA!​

Terri Bristlin-Johnston

SureLook Home Watch of Becker, Minnesota, has earned accreditation from the NHWA for the second year.

Owner Terri Bristlin-Johnston has worked in the residential construction industry for most of her adult life. She was the office manager and bookkeeper at a landscaping company and then held a similar position with an electrical contractor. Terri and her husband, Jeff Johnston, started a construction and landscape business at the same time they started a family, which allowed Terri to stay home with their children and work part-time from their home office. Jeff is a licensed residential building contractor; they built their current home themselves. Needless to say, Terri is very comfortable with construction terms, home maintenance, and working with subcontractors. As a bookkeeper, she is very detail-oriented and an excellent problem solver—skills that transfer nicely to Home Watch.

Terri’s desire to start her Home Watch company stems from a few personal experiences. Terri and Jeff’ park their RV at their seasonal cabin and leave it parked there year-round. Imagine her surprise when, one spring, they discovered their RV had been stolen! As she waited for the police to arrive, Terri looked up and down their road at the three-foot-high snow drifts spanning all the cabins and realized nobody was watching any of their cabins/second homes. That is, nobody but a thief! That’s when Terri had her “Aha!” moment and decided to offer professional Home Watch services to cabin owners. The theft of her RV might have been prevented and would have been reported within a week, instead of months after the crime occurred, had they hired a Home Watch service. And as they were winterizing their cabin one fall, Terri noticed a window on a neighbor’s cabin was left open. Terri knew the owners had returned to Florida for the season but was able to contact them and get access to the cabin to shut the window. Disaster averted!

Terri and Jeff have been married for over 25 years. They have two adult children and a wonderful son-in-law, and they are enjoying being grandparents for the first time. In her spare time, Terri loves to read, practice yoga, and go to trivia nights with her friends. Some of her favorite times are spent entertaining family and friends at their cabin and enjoying sunset pontoon rides.

SureLook Home Watch serves the Annandale Lakes area, Clearwater, the Briggs Chain of Lakes, Becker, Big Lake, Monticello, St. Michael/Albertville, St. Cloud, and surrounding communities. You can reach them at (612) 325-6614 or at surelookhw@gmail.com. Learn more from their website, at https://www.surelookhomewatch.com.

Congratulations, Terri!

As always, I wish you

Much success,


Jack Luber
Executive Director

A little about the National Home Watch Association: The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada (www.nationalhomewatchassociation.org).

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