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Angie Wieck, Published November 15 2013

Moorhead man watches properties for vacationers, snowbirds

MOORHEAD – As area snowbirds and vacationers head south to warmer climates, Mike Wheeler’s business is heating up back home.

Wheeler and his son Chad, of Moorhead, earn extra money by keeping an eye on residents’ homes while they are away.

The business is centered on reducing the risk of crime and costly repairs caused by neglected home maintenance issues such as frozen pipes or malfunctioning sump pumps.

Rates depend on the frequency of visits as well as the extent of the work.

Each arrangement is customized and can include additional services ranging from snow removal to watering plants.

Wheeler said many people do not want to impose on neighbors, friends and family members for help, so they prefer to pay an independent party to do the work.

He started the business three years ago when he noticed an uptick in home burglaries and copper thefts. He knew people who had become hesitant to travel without someone to keep an eye on their property back home.

Father and son are both members of the Clay County Sheriff’s Posse, a volunteer citizen force that assists the department in emergency situations such as search and rescue missions and severe weather.

Wheeler thinks the thorough background check required for membership offers clients some reassurance when leaving their property in his care. The business is also fully bonded and insured.

Winter tends to be their busiest season, which works perfectly for the Wheelers. Mike Wheeler has run a summer lawn care business since 1981 and his son works as a certified crop consultant.

They currently care for 12 properties and hope to add several more within a 100-mile radius of Fargo-Moorhead this season.

To obtain a quote, call (218) 790-7634 or email mike.th.wheeler@gmail.com.

BUSINESS: Wheeler Property Watch

CONTACT: (218) 790-7634 or email Mike.th.Wheeler

@gmail.com.

SERVICE AREA: Within a 100-mile radius of Fargo-Moorhead.

RATE: $25 per-visit base. Additional charges may apply.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Angie Wieck at (701) 241-5501