Lastly, the checklist should be customized for your property. Just like in aviation, if you don\'t have a checklist for your specific property, you don\'t have a real checklist. Generic won\'t cut it. Do you have a second freezer? It should be documented. Multiple air conditioning units? Absolutely. Specialized lights, landscaping systems, plumbing systems or high_end vehicles need special checks and memory isn\'t what you want to rely on. If the service starts with a comprehensive checklist that is then tailored for your property, you are getting an expert. Make sure they record your special needs and add them to their list during the initial sign up interview. Checklists have saved many lives and airplanes in aviation. Applied to your snowbird home, they can do the same. But keep in mind these three key elements when you are interviewing home watch companies.
As you interview potential candidate companies to manage your private asset called a seasonal home, it is important to understand exactly what they will be doing. In aviation, extremely itemized checklists ensure that each and every flight covers the essential items to keep the crew and passengers safe. Your house deserves no less. Ask any pilot and he will tell you checklists have proven their purpose time and time again. There are checklists for engine start, taxi, takeoff, descent, and landing. They list the items that must be considered. It is a written checklist and is reviewed at every phase of flight. Nothing is missed. An item may not be required for this particular flight, but it is always considered. Checklists have saved thousands of flights from disaster through systematic planning that ensures attention to detail. And every aircraft type has a different checklist. There are no \'generic\' airplanes and no generic checklists_ each aircraft has a tailored checklist for that airplane. How does this apply to your empty home?