Las Vegas transplants Bill and Wendy Yada are bringing a watchful eye to the peninsula.
Their Olympic Peninsula Home Watch LLC and Heavens’ 5 Pet Sitting offer similar services for local homes and pets from Port Angeles to Port Townsend.
Bill, a retired police sergeant who served 30 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and Wendy, a master sergeant with the Washington Air National Guard, perform home checks with a number of services to help business travelers, snowbirds and vacationers.
“With us, they can have peace of mind while they are away from their greatest investment,” Bill said.
“It’s preventative maintenance and early prevention,” Wendy said. “We take it a step further and treat a home like our own. It’s what we would want if we were to go on vacation.”
Upon moving here, Bill said they quickly learned their type of business is absent from this area and were surprised by that.
Their services range from one-time checks to weekly or monthly exterior and interior checks. The licensed and bonded couple said they designed the business to protect residential property and keep it safe in the homeowner’s absence.
“If a home looks more lived in, it gives a house a look that would prevent a would-be burglar from doing anything,” Bill said.
They also check for problems such as storm damage, forced entry, flooding, moisture problems, pests, broken and frozen pipes, doors and windows.
For a fee, they’ll provide extras: They’ll monitor room temperatures, water plants, run water in drains and flush toilets, forward mail and feed birds.
Each home visit takes about one hour and homes are visited in regular intervals. If an incident does occur, they’ll coordinate with police.
“Being in law enforcement and dealing with a home where the people are gone and have been burglarized, it’s hard to know what’s gone,” he said.
“The longer time goes between detection and incident the lesser the chance for recovering items.”
He said their visits are much more in-depth than drive-by vacation checks performed by local law enforcement.
When visiting, they’ll wear business T-shirts, carry contracts with the homeowner and place placards on their vehicle.
In addition to home watching, the Yadas have started Heavens’ 5 Pet Sitting, based on Wendy’s five principles of love, respect, attention, care and trust.
They were involved with animal rescue organizations in Nevada for the past 10 years and since moving here Wendy has become a member of the Peninsula Friends of Animals.
With Heavens’ 5, they visit a pet owner’s home to alleviate stress on the animals and focus on the pet owner’s routine. They don’t bring the animal to their own home.
“We have three pets and prefer to have our cats stay at home (rather) than in a kennel,” Wendy said.
They’ll play with the pets and administer oral medication, if needed. Extra costs are included for pet taxiing for grooming and veterinarian visits, and for dog-walking services.
“People often look to family and neighbors to watch their pets and homes, but they feel guilty for asking and burdening them,” Wendy said. “This way they don’t have to ask.”
For more information about Olympic Peninsula Home Watch, LLC, and Heavens’ 5 Pet Sitting, contact the Yadas at 582-7615.
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