Who We Are

Who We Are

Cheryl Dexter is the President and Operator of Sarasota Home Watch Inc. 

Cheryl is a Home Watch Network Certified Home Watch Reporter.  This means she has passed a rigorous exam, demonstrating that she has the knowledge necessary to conduct a comprehensive and proper home watch inspection, that she adheres to the highest industry standards and committment to professional development.  The Home Watch Network conducts annual background checks on all members.  Members must share a copy of their proper insurance coverage and bond in order to remain in the organization. 

She is a Sarasota resident who had been a visiting-from-Connecticut "snowbird" since 1988.  After many years of hiring home watchers to look after her own home in Connecticut, she moved to Sarasota and never looked back.  She has a background in local government, having worked for over a decade in the Hartford, Connecticut judicial system, as well as serving as a deputy clerk in Sarasota County.  She graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is also a certified health and wellness coach, who enjoys yoga, working out, walking the Ringling Bridge, boating, and theater.  You may also see her zipping around town on her ebike checking homes.

Sarasota Home Watch Inc. carries all state and local licensing requirements and is a fully insured and bonded corporation. 

What Sets Us Apart?

The home watch industry is currently an unregulated, unlicensed industry in Florida.  There are a lot of fly-by-night operations who offer dirt-cheap rates, who don't have the proper business credentials or insurance, and who may not be showing up when you think your home is being protected.  We're aware of instances where "home watchers" temporarily "move in" to the residence or even borrow furniture for staging other properties.  We've also heard of "home watchers" who have been caught leaving a stack of post-dated, completed home watch reports on their client's kitchen table, only to be discovered when the homeowner makes an early trip home.

At Sarasota Home Watch Inc., we have invested in insurance, bonding, proper credentialing, training, and the latest technology.

Please ask your home watch service to provide you with proof of insurance and credentials.  Those of us who take our reputations seriously will be happy to do so.