Buried in the FAQ link on the heels of a request now almost two decades old is the question of yard signs for home watch purposes. I’ve never considered it because I could never validate an upside for the homeowner. While hard wire alarm placards in the flowerbed, with or without the actual service may be a deterrent, home watch signs are a beacon of vacancy. The difference between the perception of a rightful owner at work for the day or teeing off at a southern local is a sign claiming that the home is being watched by a third party. No doubt an advertising tool, however ill conceived, but signage is also used as a marker by companies with a sprawling territory and scores of different employees that may not be familiar with the home or neighborhood. Although a full page insert in a local paper proclaiming that your home is vacant may be quicker and cheaper than the annual cost for service, keep your crew but tell them to ditch the sign.
About Nauset Management
As a lifelong resident of the outer Cape I was the third generation to pick up the mantel in the family construction business. In my early twenties, I called the Cape my home on weekends as I spent several years working for a variety of off-Cape commercial construction companies. My site supervision resume includes two supermarkets, two HUD projects, a funeral home and a handful of steel industrial buildings as well as various restaurant and office remodels.