Home & Boat Watchdog of Rehoboth Beach, DE, earns eighth-year accreditation!
After many years of watching homes and holding keys for family, friends, and neighbors, owner David Koster says recent years seemed to have had the highest number of problems while owners were away. He joined the National Home Watch Association in 2016 to make sure he was doing things properly, including training, licensing, bonding, and insuring specifically for Home Watchers. Weekly visual inspections of an unoccupied home or property, looking for obvious issues, is a must. These inspections include a basic visual inspection of windows, doors, locks, walls, floors, ceilings, plumbing, electrical, HVAC systems, refrigerator, freezer, leaks, pests, mold and mail, as well as the overall condition of the home and property. Then the owner is notified with a report and pictures. From there, the homeowner will instruct the Home Watch service as to how they want to proceed if there is an issue. David enjoys supporting Delaware beach area property owners by saving them time and money and giving them peace of mind while they are away.
David has owned his beach home since 1999. He also runs a successful photography studio business and is a Certified and Master Photographer. According to a study by Canon, a trained professional photographer has about five times more eye movements, paying close attention to detail, than the average person. David’s eyes have been trained to scan a scene and quickly notice inconsistencies and abnormalities. Also, he has always had the ability to find four-leaf clovers in a patch of three-leaf clovers. This natural trait, observing differences in patterns and things out of place, is very useful in the home and boat watch business.
David is a former lifeguard and a current board member of his neighborhood homeowners association. He is also a licensed boat captain, requiring additional background and drug testing for the Coast Guard and Homeland Security. The oldest son of three children, David’s mom had 13 siblings. He is married to Carrie Rest, his business partner and bookkeeper. They have two children. The Kosters live with their mascot, Cider, a Boxer dog.
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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