360 Home Watch, LLC has the most comprehensive home watch service and reporting system available. Using a proprietary software each client report is tailor crafted to the homes unique floor plan. In addition, it will also allow for additional items to be reported upon specific to each homeowner’s preference.
Please keep in mind that below are the base items that we check during our service call, however some items may not pertain to your home/property, or you may need your property inspection to be more customized than what you find below.
Interior Home Inspection
- We visually/manually check exterior windows/doors of structure when possible.
- We turn on the water main if it is located on the exterior of the structure. (If not refer to #6)
- We enter the condo being sure to note that entry was closed/locked prior to entry.
- We disarm the alarm, if one is installed.
- We place a handheld hygrometer on/near the thermostat to independently measure the interior humidity and temperature.
- If the HVAC unit is not running upon arrival, we make adjustments to the thermostat and/or the humidistat sometimes called dehumidistat (if part of the system) to ensure the HVAC system will run and is cooling during the service call.
- We turn on water main if it is located on the interior of the structure. (If not refer to #2)
- We begin the 1st general observation walk thru of the property paying particular attention to items chest high and above.
- Visually checking ceilings, light fixtures, AC vents, corners, coves, edges, high windows, etc. primarily looking for roof leaks or evidence of pests.
- When entering a bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, etc. turn on the water in all sinks, showers and tubs. Flush each toilet, if a toilet brush is available, swab the toilet.
- Before leaving check to ensure the trap(s) are not leaking.
- In the kitchen we run water in all traps and run garbage disposal for 1-3 seconds to ensure it is not bound up. If it is, we use a disposal wrench to free it.
- If the refrigerator is running, we check to ensure it is cooling and freezing.
- Check that all appliance clocks are not flashing, if they are we reset and indicate on the report so that you are aware the electricity was off for an undetermined amount of time.
- After the 1st general observation walk thru has been completed, we begin the 2nd inspection paying particular attention to items waist high and below.
- Visually checking all baseboards, kitchen and bath counters, furniture etc. mainly for pest infestations, but also for signs of mildew beginning.
- When re-entering a bathroom, we shut off all fixtures (sinks, showers & tubs), flush the toilet again and look around these items for leaks, pests etc. As well check under the sink basins again to see if any trap leaks have started.
- We check all doors and windows to ensure they are closed and locked.
- We ensure the settings on the thermostat/humidistat are returned to their original positions.
- We may make changes to these devices IF the humidity levels within the property warrant a change be made.
- We retrieve the hygrometer from the thermostat and enter into the report the readings on the thermostat and humidistat as well as the handheld hygrometer readings.
- We turn OFF the water main if it is located on the interior of the structure. (If not refer to #14)
- We arm the alarm, if one is installed.
- We turn OFF the water main if it is located on the exterior of the structure. (If not refer to #12)
- Before we leave, we ensure all the fields for your property report are filled in or changed to reflect the current status of your property, save the report and then email a notice of the completed service call to you.
Exterior Property Inspection
We walk around the exterior of each structure on your property and report anything that is out of the ordinary or that has changed since our last service call.
- We visually check from the ground your roof, soffits, gutters and down spouts for damage, pest infestation, obvious wear (SFH).
- On the walk around we visually check to ensure windows are closed and screens on windows are in tack.
- When we come upon a door or sliding door we visually check for damage and attempted break in as well as ensure that it is locked.
- We also visually check all landscaping, plants and areas of the lawn for pest infestation, digging, holes, etc. We also check to make they are getting enough water to sustain them.
- When checking the lanai or pool areas we inspect the screens and doors for damage or wear.
- We visually check the pool level, clarity and cleanliness, reporting with photos when necessary to provide the best possible representation of just what the problem may be.
- We also check the pool equipment to ensure there are not leaks or loud sounds coming from the pump motor.
- Many times, the pool company will leave service cards/paper slips on the lanai to verify service, we pick these up and bring them inside.
- We pick up any flyers and/or newspapers that may be in the drive or stuck between doors as well as any trash that may have blown into the yard.
- We check the mailbox, if there is mail, we bring it inside.
- The last thing we do before we gain entry to your home will be turning the water main valve on, 98% of our clients shut this off. There is a field in the report which will note that the main is shut off upon departure if that is what the client requests.
Garages & Out Buildings
Many of the homes in Florida have attached garages, so the description below will be that of an attached garage. Once entered the service would be the same for unattached garages and out buildings.
- We have a specific field within our reporting system to identify if the home owner wants the door between the home and the garage to be locked.
- When we first enter the garage we place a hygrometer as close to the center as possible to begin measuring the humidity and temperature in the garage. We provide this information fro several reasons:
- If you leave a vehicle in the garage, you will understand the extreme temperatures and humidity that challenge the vehicles interior and the battery as well.
- You will understand also what potential levels your home could experience should the HVAC system fail.
- If you store items in the garage, you will understand what extreme temperatures and humidity they are subjected to and may plan on storing them inside the home if they are too delicate for the garage.
- Many garages in Florida house the HVAC air handler, so we visually inspect it for leaks, loud rattling noises when running and when possible, we check the overflow pan to ensure it is dry if this system is able to be seen from a standing position.
- The garage almost always has the electrical panel on one of the walls, we check for tripped or warm circuits.
- Also, many times the water heater will be found in the garage as well, so we visually inspect it for leaks and corrosion especially on the pipes and pipe fittings.
- Once the items above have been accomplished, we walk each wall, when possible, to check for pest and rodent infestations.
- We also check ceilings around lighting fixtures and attic entries for evidence of leaks and pests.
- If there is a refrigerator or freezer in the garage that is operating, we will check to ensure it is cold and/or freezing whichever should apply.
- If you leave a vehicle, we will do a walk around visual check of the vehicle to ensure the tires appear not to be losing air and that the interior is not showing signs of mildew or mold.
- If requested, we will run the overhead garage door up then down to ensure proper function.