HOUSE WATCHING SERVICE
Ed & Cindy Crane
For a very reasonable
fee Maddog Enterprises LLC will take care of your house while you are away for
the summer, or just a vacation. You customize the service. Tell us what you want done.
Typically, folks ask for things like:
a walk through of the house, making sure everything is in order, the
AC/Humidistat is working, nothing is leaking, bugs and critters haven't
invaded the house.
Insure that all windows and doors are locked.
Take in mail, packages, phone books, etc., that get delivered, and forward
important things to you. If you authorize us, we'll open any mail,
determine if it is important, scan it and send as an email PDF attachment the
same day. We'll return the original to your kitchen counter the next
Walk the grounds, looking for any potential problems.
Provide special care to favorite plants, inside or on the lanai, beyond what the yard service does.
that the sprinkler system is working properly by observing that the lawn and
shrubs are doing well. Check for obviously broken
heads. Adjust duration and frequency of watering according to the
weather. We maintain a record of all your settings, and verify them each
week. If some well meaning person fiddles with your system you could
end up with a huge water bill! Note: we do not run your
sprinkler system, except by special arrangement, or if we find that some part
of your yard is not doing well, and need to investigate.
Insure that the pool service and lawn service are doing their jobs. Some
service folks get a little lax in providing service in a timely manner when
they know you are not home.
Cars left in the garage for months often have problems and don't start when
the owners return. We provide 'battery maintainers' that will keep your car battery at 100%.
Test and reset alarm systems.
Monitor condition of seawall and French Drain.
Run dishwasher and garbage disposal periodically to insure they don't get
Once a month run water in all the sinks to fill the traps. This
prevents sewer gas from backing up into the house.
Spray roundup on any troublesome weeds in the your driveway or on your
lanai. The yard service should do this, but they seldom do.
Need to ship something to Marco? Just ship it to our house and we'll
deliver it next time we're over that way.
Need to have someone do some work or deliver something, like furniture you
have purchased? We can let them in and lock up afterward. The
only thing we can't do is stay there the whole time, so you need to contract
with responsible businesses.
Do a "flapper test" about once a month to insure your toilet flappers are
not allowing water to slowly drain out of the tank. This condition is
often called the "Phantom Flush". You wake up in the middle of the
night and hear the toilet run briefly. No one but the phantom has been
- Other things that we agree on.
We can be pretty reasonable.
There are no "surprise
charges". This is "one stop shopping" at its best! Minor problems
we'll just fix (Ed's a handyman with an electrical engineering background, after
all) . For bigger things we'll bill you for parts and labor
after we have agreed on terms. For really big
things we'll assist you in arranging service with the proper company, and then
oversee the work.
Our service is prorated by the week if
you are not here a full month:
For less than a
full month, weekly visits are billed at a fixed
Come and go as often as you like. When
we know you are arriving, we'll
open up the house, turn on the Hot Water Heater,
adjust the AC, and whatever else you need.
Likewise, after you leave we'll make sure everything
is secure and set up properly.
Each week we'll send
you an email and let you know what's going on. We'll attach digital photos
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