Reasons to Join the NHWA

Accreditation

You will be able to promote your company’s accreditation by the NHWA. Being able to display the NHWA logo will improve your company’s credibility and status immediately in the eyes of potential clients, because it has been vetted for proper insurance, bonding and applicable licensing. We also check for consumer complaints, as well as truthful web content. And, all company principals have had a criminal background check performed by the NHWA. Your accreditation also means that you have agreed to uphold the Code of Ethics set forth by the NHWA. Accreditation carries weight with potential clients, because of your commitment to excellence.

Insurance

The most crucial element of the Home Watch business is having the correct coverage to not only protect your company, but more importantly your client. And because the Home Watch industry is not recognized by the NAICS (North American Industry Classification System), acquiring the correct general liability insurance can be a frustrating process. Being at the mercy of an insurance underwriter that might not have the proper insight as to what Home Watch does, often results in companies being classified incorrectly. There are many companies who are taking chances by having policies classified as: House Sitting – Janitorial – Security, or even Personal or Miscellaneous Services.  These classifications do not cover what a Home Watch company actually does. This makes not only the Home Watch company vulnerable, but also exposes the homeowner to a poorly insured Home Watch company.  The NHWA Insurance Program provides the most comprehensive coverage that a Home Watch company can have. It is also extremely affordable.The program is available only to members in good standing***, and can currently be issued to members in all 50 states. We are currently working on this coverage for our Canadian members. We’ll help, guide and advise you through the insurance quagmire. ***New companies can join prior to accreditation in order to acquire this policy. Contact us for details.***

Setting the “Gold Standard”

Since 2009, the NHWA has been bringing together like-minded Home Watch business owners, forming an alliance of those looking to better our still young industry. Beginning with a Code of Ethics, a Mission Statement, and the belief that protecting our clients from the unscrupulous, uninsured, and untrained, was of the utmost importance, we began to come together. Sharing ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm, the first members of the NHWA set out to “set the gold standard” in our very disjointed industry. Since then, as we’ve grown in size and stature, we have established best practices and a glossary for the Home Watch industry. The NHWA has mentored hundreds of Home Watch companies from their start up through their day to day issues and questions  The NHWA believes in sharing, as this is how the best policies, procedures, and marketing practices are developed.

Targeted Marketing

The cost of marketing your business can be exorbitant. The frustration of reaching your target market can be very frustrating. Because the NHWA is the search site for Home Watch, we can help. The NHWA’s website reaches all of the US and Canada.

Our sponsored site is constantly monitored for SEO (search engine optimization), thereby always reaching potential clients who are specifically looking for Home Watch providers. Our blog and social media pages also reach many people.

Networking

Who knows more about the Home Watch industry than businesses within the Home Watch industry? The ability to network and share information with non-competitors will give you a huge advantage over the competition. It will also provide you with ways to form reciprocal relationships with other Accredited Members. A Florida company may be able to market to an Ontario company’s clients, or a company in Seattle may do the same with a company in Scottsdale.

Conference

Since 2013, NHWA members from the US and Canada have come together in the Southeast and the Southwest United States to attend our annual North American Conference. The main goal is to further the Home Watch industry’s agenda and set the highest bar for accreditation. Because we all face similar challenges regardless of where our businesses are located, Home Watch colleagues are able to learn, share, brainstorm and socialize in a great environment.

Source for Data and Answers

As the “portal” for Home Watch, the NHWA is constantly gathering data and useful information. We are contacted by potential clients, Home Watch businesses, national business concerns, insurance providers, brokers and agents. We always try to gather new information from each new contact.

Mentoring and Training

The NHWA is here to help you. Many members have been mentored by us during their start-up phase and have taken advantage of our guidance during their day-to-day operations. We have even had members come to us for one-on-one training. The NHWA is here to help.

Helping to Set the Agenda

The Home Watch industry has work to do. It is incredibly important on many different levels that we are assigned our own classification code by the North American Industry Classification System. This code is the key to being recognized by insurance providers, municipalities, and anything that requires a classification code to determine what Home Watch is. It is no secret that many insurers penalize the owners of vacation homes. One of the other current goals of the NHWA is to make employing an accredited Home Watch company a factor in the insurer’s decision-making process. Not only should this make the acquisition of homeowners insurance easier for absentee owners, but a discount should apply.

Affiliates

The NHWA is constantly approached by companies that want to do business with the Home Watch industry. The NHWA only allows the most reputable companies and industries to become affiliates.These companies must prove to be of value to members and are carefully screened.

 

These are just a few reasons why joining the NHWA is crucial to the continued growth of our industry. The industry will benefit, as will your company.

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