damageck Damage Checklist - Welcome Home Beach

Special Problems of Unoccupied Properties All Too Real

It’s nice to believe that when you close on the purchase of a vacation home in coastal Delaware, you can look forward to years of a safe investment plus family fun and precious memories.

Unfortunately, absentee ownership also comes with unavoidable headaches. Some are unique to the beach where severe winds, salt air, sub-zero temperatures and occasional tidal flooding are common; others are true of unoccupied property anywhere. Welcome Home offers you the joy of owning a vacation home without the worries. Here is a list of a few actual issues our service discovered and thwarted before major damage or theft occurred.

  • Exterior door leading to the home’s interior found wide open
  • Roof leaked into an interior ceiling and wall
  • Exterior shower pipes not winterized
  • Unlocked windows discovered
  • Flood vent found inoperable
  • Roof shingles missing after storm
  • Mold on HVAC ceiling vent discovered
  • Exterior flower box damaged from vandalism – police alerted
  • Heat mistakenly left off in mechanical room
  • Pipes and electrical ceiling penetrations unsealed allowing critter and insect access
  • Holes found in soffit screen, another critter access point
  • Thermostat malfunction
  • Siding missing


Here at the beach, one can't afford to ignore the effects that weather and the occasional renter takes on your home. Home Watch protects our investment. We know that our house is getting watched over, that packages are picked up, and that all is safe and sound. We highly recommend them. - P&L