You\'re about to start planning a party, but don\'t know where to start. You run to the grocery store, looking at this and that, deciding on a few things you may need, knowing the whole time you\'ve forgotten something. Now it\'s time to head over to the local department store for some decorations. You follow the same unguided principles you went through at the grocery store. Then once again you missed a few things at the liquor store.
When a property, as valuable as yours, is left empty, it requires a consistent, thorough, and systematic attention to its systems. The electrical system, plumbing system, basic structure, appliances, roof, landscaping, and others, cannot be left to random chance. Each part of every system must receive an evaluation during a planned, scheduled visit that documents what was done. The format for your assurance of this is a written checklist. If you are interviewing a home watch service, they should have a sample of their checklists. It should be Ƒ) written, ƒ) comprehensive, and Ɠ) customized specifically for your home. Let\'s look at each of these three points in more detail.