Whenever I plan to leave my house, even for just a couple of days, I get stressed out.

I don’t know about you but I always worry that something will go wrong with the plumbing, or that I’ll forget to do something, and by the time I remember I’ll be hundreds of miles away and not be able to do anything about it.

In fact the only thing I can do at that point … is to worry even more.

I cannot imagine what goes through the minds of our snow-bird friends as they get ready to depart for the Midwest, Canada, New York, or whichever city they call home from spring to fall.

They turn the key to lock the door, head to the car … and hope for the best.

In what other situation would you leave an asset worth $250,000 out in the open and unattended for six months? You wouldn’t. Too many things could happen.

That’s why Heather Brokaw of Gateway started Homewatch Solutions Inc.

Sure, you can ask your neighbor to check your mail from time to time, but are they really going to care enough to visually inspect the interior of your home for problems such as mold, leaking toilets or water tanks, or look inside your cabinets for pests?

What about testing your smoke alarms, or changing your A/C filters, or starting up your car and letting it idle for a bit?

And how about running your dishwasher and garbage disposal once per month to make sure they don’t seize up while you’re away?

Homewatch Solutions will take care of all this and much more for you.

There’s a huge difference between a professional service like Homewatch who has a proven home inspection process .. and asking your neighbor to do you a favor and check on your house from time to time.

And this really is the best of all: imagine your HOA sends you a violation letter while you’re a thousand miles away and can’t do anything about it, or suppose someone runs over your mailbox and you need someone to replace it – Homewatch Solutions will help you solve any other problem that arises with your home or property.

I’m sure there’s 20 things you can think of that could go wrong while you’re away… but what about the things you didn’t think of? Homewatch Solutions can take care of everything for you.

That … is peace of mind.

Heather has lived in Gateway for the past 7 years, and in Florida for 35 years. She’s worked in vacation property management since 1997, at one point overseeing over 400 properties all at once. Now she has teamed up with Daniel Grzesiak to launch Homewatch Solutions.

Gateway is an important market for Homewatch, but they also service Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Estero and Fort Myers Beach. Their services start as low as $30 per month for a condo unit, and they will provide home inspections as often as once per week for you.

Imagine never having that uneasy feeling when you head back north again.

And while the service is not that expensive to begin with, tell them you saw this article in the Gateway Sun and you’ll save $10 off your first month!

Even if you’re already out of town or heading out this weekend, it’s not too late to have a conversation about Homewatch Solutions. Just call Heather at 239-940-2725.

They can be located on the web at http://www.homewatchsolutionsinc.com as well.

Trust me, it’s money well spent.. and you’ll just feel better about everything.

And you won’t be returning to Florida next fall wondering what happened while you were gone.

Once again … peace of mind.


EDITOR’S NOTE: We are pleased and proud to welcome Heather and Dan from Homewatch Solutions as sponsors of the Gateway Sun. If you’re planning on leaving town for a significant amount of time, you should check out what Homewatch offers. Check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Homewatch-Solutions-Inc-1514688078827298/

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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