Hurricane Ian: No Better Reason for Home Watch
Fact – Seasonal residents can’t prep their homes when they aren’t there.
Fact – Seasonal residents often count on friends and neighbors to protect their homes.
Fact – There is nothing that can protect a home from total devastation.
Fact – There is ONE thing seasonal residents crave the most during and after a storm.
All these statements are undeniable.
- While there are steps that can be taken by the part-time resident prior to their leaving one home to live at the other, like stowing away outside furniture and ornamental decorations, most HOAs dictate the amount of time shutters and boards can remain up.
- Friends and relatives must tend to their own homes and needs during a very stressful time. If a mistake is made or things are missed, then what? Disown them?
- If a natural disaster is going to destroy everything in its path, nothing done prior to it happening will prevent it.
- What can a second homeowner do when a storm hits, other than being glued to the TV or computer, agonizing over the uncertainty of not knowing?
Homeowners will continue to feel unprepared before a storm and ill-informed afterwards. The overwhelming number of images and accounts depicting the destruction and devastation of certain areas creates incredible stress and uncertainty for the majority.
Help is a phone call or mouse click away.
National Home Watch Association Accredited Members:
- Provide Risk Mitigation – Storm plans are discussed with each client. The NHWA recommends a “dry run” prior to storm season to make sure that the protection system is complete and fits as designed.
- Document pre- and post-storm condition – NHWA members take time- and date-stamped pictures and videos of the home prior to and post-storm for client documentation. Insurance claims are made easier.
- Are Legitimate and Professional – Accredited Members are properly insured and background checked. Members have access to the latest storm procedures and practices and follow the Best Practices of the NHWA. Unlike a neighbor or friend, Home Watch is their profession.
- Provide the most accurate communication – Accredited Members understand the importance of clear, concise, accurate, and timely information. Seasonal and part-time residents suffer until they have confirmation of their home’s condition.
- Become the client’s advocate – An NHWA Accredited Member always looks out for the best interest of their client.
- Will coordinate with the client what comes next – Claims adjusters, contractors, service technicians, and many other services may be necessary for the home.
Bottom Line: Engaging the services of an NHWA Accredited Company makes sense. Hurricane Ian is a perfect example of why.
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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