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CHAD&DIANE TOLL
CHAD&DIANE TOLL
2022-01-28
NHWA is a great organization. They are truly a partner to you and were extremely helpful to us as we started our Home Watch business. The collaboration, professional help and guidance, as well as being able to network and learn from others is wonderful. Jack Luber and staff have been very helpful to us and given us great advice. There are great resources available to you as a member! Joining us was the best decision we made!
Tom Reeves
Tom Reeves
2022-01-26
Extremely professional and responsive organization! We are new members to the NHWA and are in the process of getting our home watch business set up in the northwest valley of Phoenix. Since joining the association, we have had the opportunity to speak to a number of other members (both veteran and new) to help point us in the right direction; this has helped immensely! The amount of information available to new members from other member experience and the NHWA website/digital archives is invaluable. The majority of other membership groups we have been a part of in the past pale in comparison to the welcoming and inclusive environment that the NHWA has created. We encourage anyone that has not taken advantage of these resources to do so and get involved with other members/groups. We have found a tremendous amount of support and willingness to help from people who might be considered our competition in other industries; and we haven't even opened the doors yet! We realize this sounds like some type of public service announcement for membership, but it's not; it is simply our experience. We are looking forward to the continued support and involvement with the NHWA and other members moving forward; we consider this a sure pathway to success.
Shari Kramer
Shari Kramer
2022-01-21
I am Managing Partner of The Opal Group, a Home Watch & LifeStyle Concierge cCompany. We are new to the industry and are still finding our way. Throughout the entire process thus far, the NHWA has been there to help us along. Everyone there - Helen, Cindy, Faith, and of course, Jack - are amazing. Their guidance, patience, understanding and knowledge make the Association a “must-join” if you plan to be a part of the professional home watch world.
Michael Z
Michael Z
2022-01-13
I've been a member of the NHWA going on four years now and I must say my investment has paid for it self over and over again not only with new clients but being associated with NHWA has taken my skills and my companies brand to the highest level of professionalism. The unlimited resources and support that are made available to us as a member are priceless and exactly what any new company needs as well as seasoned home watchers. I will continue to be associated with the NHWA not only for the referrals and the additional exposure that they give my rankings on google but because its a smart investment that is a must for any home watch company. Highly recommend!!!
Angie Dean
Angie Dean
2022-01-07
Amazing staff-friendly, knowledgeable, professional and helpful!
Mark Grudecki
Mark Grudecki
2022-01-05
I have been a member of the National Home Watch Association for the past year. As a newer Home Watch business operator, I can not say enough good things about my experience with the NHWA. From the tremendous culture of support (both formal and informal), the camaraderie and access to valuable resources as well as the credibility that my NHWA membership provides there has been a significant return on investment. Thanks Jack and all the NHWA staff & fellow members for making this a great experience!
Susan Briggs
Susan Briggs
2022-01-04
When I decided to start my company, I wanted to do it right— straight out of the gate. Joining the NHWA was number one on my list. My clients feel confident knowing my company has been fully vetted and that the NHWA requires it’s members to be properly insured and bonded. I like knowing I have a group of dedicated home watch professionals to learn from and a great team in the NHWA office who is accessible and tirelessly working to promote our industry. The icing on the cake— clients are finding me through the NHWA website!
Redmountain TLC Home Watch
Redmountain TLC Home Watch
2021-12-10
Awesome association. Lots of of webinars and great place to start if you are new to home watch. This association guides you with your business venture and offers valuable information. What are you waiting for! Start today
Tanja Nelson
Tanja Nelson
2021-12-09
NHWA is a solid professional organization supporting the Homewatch Industry. Being a member of this outstanding organization ensure my Homewatch business is part of a community of like-minded professionals and has access to training, resources and leadership.
Mike Pearson
Mike Pearson
2021-11-23
The National Home Watch Association (NHWA) has earned my five star rating! I recently joined the NHWA after starting Home N' Order Home Watch Service in Florida. Mr. Jack Luber (Executive Director) runs a professional organization by providing all of the resources needed to start and operate a home watch service. The administrative staff, at the home office, has already helped me solve a couple of startup issues. Once a member, you have access to a vast range of information on the NHWA App, and members only FB page. It is clear to me that the NHWA has been created to help its members become successful in the growing industry of home watch.

Membership in the NHWA Creates Great Value For Your Business!

• Accreditation • NHWA Insurance Program
• Training and Education • Setting the Gold Standard
• Press and Media • Targeted Marketing
• Business Profile and Contact Info • Networking
• Certified Home Watch Professional • Business Basics Curriculum
• Home Watch Boot Camp • North American Conference
• Source for Data and Answers • Helping to Set the Agenda
• Affiliates • Affordable Cost for Annual Membership

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Membership in the NHWA Creates Great Value For Your Business!

  • Accreditation
  • NHWA Insurance Program
  • Training and Education
  • Setting the Gold Standard
  • Press and Media
  • Target Marketing
  • Business Profile and Contact Info
  • Networking
  • Certified Home Watch Professional
  • Business Basics Curriculum
  • Home Watch Boot Camp
  • North American Conference
  • Source for Data and Answers
  • Helping to Set the Agenda
  • Affiliates
  • Affordable Cost for Annual Membership

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Accreditation

Once the vetting process has been completed, your company will become accredited. It shows the public that you have set your company apart from the others. It says that you are privy to the very latest and best policies, procedures and practices in the Home Watch industry. It tells the public that you carry the correct insurance coverage and bonding in order to protect them, that your company has been checked through Consumer Affairs and the BBB for complaints, and that all company principals have been background checked. Accreditation from the NHWA will give your business, new or old, credibility and status.

NHWA Insurance Program – available to members in good standing

The most crucial element of the Home Watch business is having the correct coverage to protect not only your company, but most 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 is, 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 Pet Sitting Services. These classifications do not cover what a Home Watch company does. This not only makes 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 the only industry-specific coverage available. It is also extremely affordable. The program is available only to members in good standing and can be issued to members in all 50 states. We are currently working on this coverage for our Canadian members. We’ll help to guide and advise you through the insurance quagmire.  

Training and Education

The NHWA offers continuing education through webinars and online meetings, conferences, constant conversation, and information sharing through our forums. The NHWA is built on the belief of the sharing of information. By gathering data and ideas from our membership throughout the U.S. and Canada, we are able to compile and share, strengthening the Home Watch industry. Home Watch Boot Camp is available to members, as well as our Certified Home Watch Professional and Business Basics courses.

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.

Press and Media

The NHWA will help to launch your new company or reacquaint your existing company with your local publications upon accreditation and re-accreditation. We will submit a press release and business brief to publications in your area. We will also use the power of social media and blogs to help get your company’s name out and noticed on the internet.

Targeted Marketing and Website Listing

Because the cost of marketing can be exorbitant, reaching a target audience can be difficult, expensive and very frustrating. The NHWA website is fully optimized and is found easily in Canada and U.S. searches. Our site generates over 10,000 visits per month. This directs clients directly to our website. And your company is listed on that website. The NHWA is contacted by potential clients looking for service every day.

Networking

Having your own business with no one to bounce ideas off or ask questions of can sometimes make you feel all alone. The NHWA is a “community” of businesses just like yours. The ability to talk, ask questions, and network with other like-minded people is a very powerful advantage to have. Our members learn much from each other and often develop alliances—whether they are in the same vicinity, or in a completely different region. Knowing that you aren’t alone, and that others have probably been through similar situations, make doing business a little easier with the support of the NHWA.

Certified Home Watch Professional (CHWP)

While our member businesses become accredited, company principals and employees of a member in good standing can take a course that will instruct them as to how the Best Practices Committee of the NHWA recommends they perform Home Watch. After successfully passing the exam, they will have earned the designation of Certified Home Watch Professional.

Business Basics Curriculum

The NHWA’s Business Basics curriculum was developed by leading Home Watch providers and some of the most successful people in our profession. Being able to take this class will give the new Home Watch company the inside track while navigating the start-up of their new business. It will also answer a lot of questions that haven’t been asked yet, or even considered. Because “you don’t know what you don’t know yet,” this course is invaluable to the new business.

Home Watch Boot Camp

Two days. One-on-one with your instructor. Each instructor is one of the top Home Watch providers in our profession. You’ll learn essentials in the field…not just in a classroom. And because Home Watch happens all over, the course is adapted for the region you’ll be doing business in. The Certified Home Watch Professional and Business Basics courses are included in the training.

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    Ready To Join?

    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. member_form

    North American Conference

    Since 2013, Members of the NHWA have gathered in different locations to discuss, learn, brainstorm and network. According to members who have attended, it is by far the best value, with the greatest return on investment.

    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.

    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.

    Affordable Cost for Annual Membership

    The annual cost of membership is $495. For the first year only, the NHWA requires an additional $50 per company principle to cover the cost of their background check. Because of the current exchange rate between the Canadian and US Dollar, the NHWA extends a 15% discount to its new Canadian members.