Lawler, who retired this year from his job as Steelcase's director of global facilities, recently launched Personalized Property Management Services. The business provides home watch services, construction project assistance and traditional property management services for rental units.
The idea hit him when he and his wife visited Florida for a month last April.
“When we did that, we didn't have anyone to watch our home,” Lawler said. “We thought, 'Wouldn't it be good if we could hire someone to watch our property for us when we're gone?’ When you're gone, things can happen. You can have a storm, a water leak, a number of things can happen.”
If tragedy does strike, Lawler said it would be comforting to know there is a qualified person available to handle the problem and get it fixed. So he decided to become that person.
“I'm not really one to just retire and quit and not do anything at all,” Lawler said. “I can only play golf so many days a week. I think it would be a good service and I have the contacts, I have the background, I have the experience to deal with these kinds of things.”
Home watch services can be tailored to customer needs – checking the furnace, watering plants, starting cars, forwarding mail, checking for leaks.
For information, visit www.personalizedpropertymgmt.com.