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Michiana Home Watch of Buchanan, MI, earns third-year accreditation from the NHWA!

Jim Merkle


Michiana Home Watch of Buchanan, Michigan, has earned accreditation from the NHWA for the third year.

Owner Jim Merkle was raised in South Bend, Indiana, and now resides in Niles, Michigan. Jim always liked to work with his hands and had an interested in houses, from construction to maintenance of a property. His skills are broad and well-rounded, having worked in the fields of HVAC, electrical, and facilities maintenance. Jim brings over 30 years’ experience into his Home Watch business.

Jim worked for the University of Notre Dame for over 21 years in Facilities Maintenance. For his last 13 years there, he served as a lead technical, where he oversaw a small team of maintenance technicians. Jim maintained many different facilities, dealing with many situations, from fires to floods and everything in between. The Midwest weather often posed challenges to the buildings, from polar vortexes to extreme heat.

In September of 2019, Jim started Michiana Home Watch (MHW). While he knew the Home Watch business concept was new to the Midwest, he was confident it was a much-needed service, with many vacation and second homes around Lake Michigan and several inland lakes. There are also many snowbirds that would need this service throughout the Michiana area.

Jim has earned the designation of Certified Home Watch Professional from the NHWA, making him one of the elite Home Watch providers in the industry. The CHWP designation shows Jim’s commitment to providing excellent service to his clients.

Providing excellent customer service and building trust in relationships with his clients is a top priority for Jim. He understands that a home is one of the most valuable assets that a person owns. Jim strives to care for the home as if it were his own. If there are any potential problems found during the Home Watch inspection, Jim will contact the homeowner and discuss potential solutions.

Jim’s wife, Kate, provides office and administration support for MHW.

Michiana Home Watch serves three counties in Indiana: Elkhart, LaPorte, and St. Joseph, and three counties in Michigan: Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren. You can reach Jim at (269) 259-1127 or at Learn more at his website,

Congratulations, Jim!

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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