Larry and Terry Meek are the owners of Carefree Home Watch and will be your day to day contacts. We are seasoned professionals and Community Association Managers licensed by the State of Florida with firsthand experience in property management and hurricane recovery during Hurricane Irma and other natural disasters.
The concept of creating our home watch business started in September 2017 while working as Licensed Community Association Managers in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. We were managing nine homeowner and condominium properties with over 1400 doors. We were “boots on the ground” the day after the hurricane assisting hundreds of absentee owners seeking information about damages to their homes, condominiums and investment properties. Many owners had neighbors, friends, non-professionals or (even worse) nobody looking after their property.
When Hurricane Irma arrived, most of these “hobby home watchers” abandoned ship to take care of their own property and/or left the area, not returning for many days. During their absence the reality of dealing with removal of soaking wet carpets, furniture, flooring and wet sheet rock — not to mention spoiled food in refrigerators and freezers was the sole responsibility of the owners who were most likely residing in other areas of the country and could not even get to their vacant residence.
Most owners had no relationship with local vendors that they could call to assist in evaluating damages and marshaling resources to facilitate damage control. We decided then to form our own company and to provide professional services in home watch.
We prepared for this challenge by training with the nationally-recognized organization, Your Home Watch Professionals and becoming Certified Home Water Reporters. The result is the creation of Carefree Home Watch.