The checklist should be in writing. If some representing themselves as a home watch company cannot produce a written checklist, save your time and money. These are people who will 'work from memory' to accomplish what they do. How can they show accomplishment of each item? Just ask them! Without a written checklist you have no idea what was actually done. They may have run through the property and ensured there were no fires, and left. Without a written checklist, you have no idea. A good company will keep the checklist for reference in case they believe there may be a problem in the future.
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.