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.
Decide how you plan to handle the menu. If you are making food on your own, the checklist should have a food and ingredients item. Think about the types of foods you want to serve and the amounts of ingredients needed. Your checklist should also contain information about the catering company, in case you plan to use the services of such. Have its name, telephone and address listed. You should also include information about the menu selected and the progress on food preparation. Location Ideas _ Some information about the venue should be included in the party planning checklist, as well. Have a checklist item included about all suitable venues, their availability and contact information.