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?
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.