First Mate Home Watch of Port St. Lucie, FL, earns third-year accreditation from the NHWA! Congratulations!​

Crystal Volberding

First Mate Home Watch of Port St. Lucie, Florida, has earned accreditation from the NHWA for the third year. Owned and operated by Crystal Volberding, First Mate Home Watch epitomizes excellence in property care and client service.

Crystal’s path from Glens Falls, New York, to Palm City, Florida, in 2016 marked the beginning of a new chapter in her life. She earned her degree in Business Management while still in New York.  But, motivated by her youngest son’s desire to participate in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program and the allure of tropical weather, Crystal and her four children made the move to Southeast Florida. The transition proved to be monumental, leading Crystal to meet her husband, Ken, and establish her own successful pool care business.

Despite her success in the pool care industry, Crystal recognized an unmet need among her seasonal residents: a reliable and comprehensive Home Watch service. Drawing upon her innate sense of care and attention to detail, Crystal founded First Mate Home Watch, driven by a commitment to safeguarding her clients’ properties with the same level of dedication she exhibited in her pool care business.

Navigating the intricacies of the Home Watch industry, Crystal turned to the NHWA for guidance and expertise. Through rigorous training and certification programs, including the NHWA’s Home Watch Boot Camp, Crystal attained the esteemed designation of Certified Home Watch Professional (CHWP), positioning herself among the elite providers in the industry. Her active involvement on the NHWA’s Membership Committee further underscores her dedication to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and excellence.

Crystal’s proactive approach to property care extends beyond routine Home Watch inspections; it encompasses a genuine commitment to identifying and addressing potential issues before they escalate. By leveraging her expertise and industry knowledge, Crystal endeavors to provide her clients with unparalleled peace of mind, knowing that their homes and properties are in capable hands.

First Mate Home Watch serves Hutchinson Island, Seawalls Point, Sailfish Point, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Stuart, Palm City, and Port St. Lucie. You can reach Crystal at (772) 237-4998 or at Learn more from her website, at

Congratulations, Crystal!

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 (

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