Hello all. I just joined this forum and know very little about the Property Preservation Industry. I didn't even know this industry existed until quite recently. So I am looking for some expert opinions about a product my company just developed and trying to determine if your industry is a potential target market. Again, this is not some promotion ploy, rather, I am looking for honest advice from industry insiders.
We are a small tech company which has just introduced a product called MarCELL. MarCELL is a small plug-in device (roughly 6" x 3.5" x 1.5") which allows you to monitor a property remotely. It tracks temperature, humidity, power status and water leaks. Alerts can be in the form of emails, text messages or phone calls to multiple recipients. The difference between this product and other remote home monitoring systems is that it contains its own cell chip so the property being monitored does not need an active phone line or internet connection.
It was designed for owners of seasonal properties (vacation homes, cottages, cabins) who leave their property vacant for months at a time. The cellular subscription is low cost (as low as $8.25/month), can be managed online and requires no long term contract (use it when you need it).
So in your opinion, is there a potential use for this in your business to ensure:
- that the HVAC units are running properly while house is vacant to prevent frozen and burst pipes or mold growth
- that there is power to the house so sump pumps, fans and other systems are on and working
- that the house really is vacant or has not been broken into (we can hook a IR motion sensor to the unit).
If this is of value, how can you (Property Preservation Service Companies) profit from this device? Could you sell this extra level of (24/7) protection, online reporting, etc. for an extra $15, $20 or more per month to your clients?
Is there a certain subset of houses where this service would be required?
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. Regardless, please let me know your opinion - positive or negative.