Home Watch Services in Ottawa

  Don't burden family and friends to look after your home while you are away 

During the winter 2013-2014 we fine tuned our Home Watch Sevices in Ottawa (also known as: House Sitter, House Check, Residential House Visits, Property Management, Vacant Home Watch, Unoccupied Home Watch) service.
Who better to monitor and trust your home with while you are away on vacation or for the winter?  Why pay a house sitter?
 Ottawa Home Watch - House Check
Services Available:
ib42 Home Watch Services: 
  • we can watch your home for any of the following reasons:
           - weekends
           - long weekends
           - summer vacations    
           - winter getaway or vacation
           - longer duration's (months for snowbirds)
           - business trips out of the country
           - vacant Ottawa home for sale
           - vacant rental property in Ottawa
           - Canadian Forces posting    
           - Christmas or March break vacation
           - travelling the world
           - unoccupied home
           - rental property between tenants
           - vacant home due to bank foreclosure
           - Homes in the name of an estate
                - Homes under renovation           
  • we provide regular detailed reports to meet or exceed insurance requirements (see sample report)
  • we send you a monthly email summarizing status of your home (when away for extended periods)
  • we keep a checklist log of all visits, with timestamped photos and items checked with comments
     (this is provided to you with the monthly report)
  • we send a weekly email status, reporting even if there are no issues (with photos)
  • we can forward your mail to you or notify you when bills arrive
  • we scan your mail and email your copies (at your request only)
  • we can monitor/pickup your mail, newspapers and flyers (junk mail)
  • we can ensure your vehicles are safe (start and/or drive if required, trickle charge battery)
  • we can monitor the interior, exterior, furnace, plumbing, electrical, security etc ...
  • we can monitor lights, clocks and timers to ensure all are operating properly (we can provide timers if required)
  • we can rotate lights on timers as required
  • we can open and close blinds to give the house the lived in look
  • we can monitor your electrical panel and reset any breakers as required
  • we can monitor that critical appliances are functioning, such as fridge, freezer and humidifer
  • we can manage repairs that you want done while you are away
  • we offer handy man services for repairs around the home
  • we can monitor snowplowing, landscaping and house cleaning as required
  • we can respond to monitored alarm systems as required while you are away (we are not a security company)
  • we can power up your water, appliances, hot water tank, furnace, air conditioning in preparation for your return
  • we can run your washer and dishwasher as required
  • we can ensure all your plumbing traps and toilets remain sealed
  • we can add non-toxic plumbing anti-freeze to toilets and plumbing traps in winter months as an extra precaution
  • we can check and adjust your home interior temperature and monitor/adjust humidity as required
  • we can arrange to meet vendors, repair contractors, deliveries etc...
  • we can monitor and change your furnace/air/HRV filter, smoke and CO alarm batteries
  • we can pick up your pet from the kennel so your pet is home when you return
  • we can provide you with a checklist of services for you to choose from to meet your requirements
  • we can provide security poles for sliding patio doors and windows
  • we can open windows to air out your home (weather permitting)
  • we go through an extensive departure checklist to cover all areas, such as insurance, security, safety, emergency contacts, how to prepare your home before you depart
  • we can be your point of contact while you are away for piece of mind that everything is taken care of 
  • we have temperature and flood monitor available (phone line required) additional fees ($10 per month)
  • we have hygrometers that we can provide to help monitor the humidity level in your 
Ottawa Home Watch Temperature Monitor  Ottawa Home Watch Flood Monitor Ottawa Home Watch Timer

ib42 Ottawa Home Watch hygrometer 
ib42 Ottawa Home Watch Plumbing Anti Freeze

Contact us today by email: ottawahomewatch@ib42.ca 
or phone us at 613 799 3698. 

Time to Setup a Home Watch:

Generally the lead time to setup a home watch is 24 hours notice, but if time is available it's best to meet 2 weeks before departure to discuss your requirements and review our exhaustive departure checklist to ensure all items are looked after and nothing is over looked.

  • reasonable rates per visit, expect them to start around $25 + HST (depends on your location).
  • contact us for detailed pricing information to meet your requirements
  • we will visit your home as often as you'd like and follow a checklist of services that we agree on together
  • regular follow up status e-mails are sent and a record log of visits with time stamped photographs
  • we also provide a complimentary exterior home inspection  with every Home Watch
Home Watch Areas Covered:
  • Central Ottawa, Kanata, Ottawa, Ottawa South, Orleans, Stittsville, Carp and surrounding areas
Your Home Insurance: 
Prepare Your Home Before You Leave
Below are some suggestions of things you should consider before leaving your home for an extended period to reduce the risk of problems:
  • Cancel or put on hold your cable service and phone until you come back to save on monthly bills.
  • Turn your water off to your home.
  • Drain pipes and toilets. Add non-toxic anti-freeze in the winter months.
  • Turn off the hot water tank. (save energy)
  • Install light timers inside the home in several rooms.
  • Use timers for exterior lights (don't leave on 24/7).
  • Winterize your exterior hose bibs. (as required by the season)
  • Secure any outside shed, garage, or crawl space to keep out unwanted guests.
  • Keep tools like ladders locked up to avoid helping thieves break in,
  • Winterize your vehicles. (as required by the season)
  • Store any grass seed, bird seed, or pet food in metal containers with tight fitting lids.
  • Clean the kitchen and clear the pantry and cupboards of food in packaging that isn't pest proof.
  • Seal gaps and holes in the home's exterior that provide mice easy access into your home.
  • Allow dishwasher and front loading washing machine to completely dry out before latching doors closed.
  • Remove window AC units, turn the power off to AC units and cover. (as required by the season)
  • Set your programmable thermostat to save energy
  • Have eaves cleaned and leaves racked.
  • Arrange for snow plowing and grass cutting as required
  • Close blinds and draperies (especially on the first floor).
  • Keep valuables – computers and TVs for example – out of sight through windows.
  • Check all window and door locks.
  • Put an old broom handle or 3/4-inch-round dowel in the track of the sliding glass door and windows.
  • Stop mail, newspaper and subscription delivery.
  • Contact your insurance company and advise them that your home will be vacant. They can advise you about your coverage.
  • Check with you vehicle insurance company if you are planning to drive outside of Canada to ensure you have enough coverage.
  • If you have an outdoor irrigation system, winterize it (as required by the season).
  • Let the neighbours know that you have hired the services of a Home Watch company as they will see a different vehicle coming and going from your home.
  • Do you have your out of country travel health insurance
  • Check that your passport does not expire while you are away.
  • Where possible, lock up valuables - in a safe if you have one - or put smaller items such as jewelry and important documents in a bank deposit box
And don’t rely on neighbours to keep a watch on your house. Neighbours just aren't vested in the security of your home, and even the most watchful neighbor is no substitute for a professional home watch service (such as ib42 Ottawa Home Watch).
Tips For Ottawa Snowbirds
Here is some information for snowbirds.
Visit the Canadian Snowbird Association for some information about travel insurance, currency exchange, tax forms and more. See example below:
  • Canadians can stay (at the discretion of U.S. authorities) in the U.S. for no more than 182 days in a 12 month period without a special exemption. This is a U.S. law.
  • 8840 form or Closer Connection Form – Canadian residents who winter in the United States are technically subject to U.S. federal income tax if they meet or exceed a specific number of days in the U.S. in any one year
  • If you are stopped by a state trooper they may ask for your proof of insurance on your vehicle. Check with your insurance company for your proof of insurance.
More Interesting articles for snowbird travelers:
Leave your worries at home and enjoy your time away, we are the perfect home watch, home check, home sitter and Ottawa area property management service!
Contact us today  email: ottawahomewatch@ib42.ca 
or cell phone or text us at 613 799 3698. 

We are professional, trusted, reliable and very through!

ib42 Ottawa Home Watch Testimonials

"We are very impressed by quality and level of details of your monthly report  - we can see all is in order - much appreciated."

"Professional service, we'll hire Barry again"

"Great update report!!"

"I really appreciate your help!"

"Thank you Barry. My wife is happy to hear from you that problem is solved and she said 'Barry you are the best'." 

If you need a good reason to have your home watched by ib42, read this CBC article about a man who finds his house flooded and frozen after months away

A great selling feature for Ottawa Real Estate agents and anyone selling on Grapevine in the Ottawa area. 
 Think about hiring Inspected by 42 Ottawa Home Inspections for a pre-sale or maintenance inspection.