Seldovia Winter Watch

Home and Boat Watch Services You Can Trust

Sonny Chissus on our sailboat Ohana!

Winter Watch makes your Seldovia home and property our top priority!

When it comes to the care and maintenance of your home, possessions, and boats while you’re away – it’s essential to know we’ve got you covered!  We’ve built our reputation on the attentive monitoring and care of your investments during your absence.

What We Do…

Do you own a home or boat in Seldovia?  Are you often away, either for business or pleasure or perhaps the whole winter?  How fabulous would it be to have someone responsible, honest, reliable, and capable – looking after your investment here in Seldovia while you are away?

That is what we do.  I am Paul “Sonny” Chissus, owner of Winter Watch in Seldovia, Alaska.  With over 35 years of construction experience, we bring the knowledge and expertise to take care of any maintenance or repair issue that may come up with a home during your absence.  If it is outside my area of expertise, then I know how to find the right person for the job.  That can often be a tricky thing in a remote town like Seldovia!

Besides my construction experience, I have lived on and worked on boats my whole life – that is my passion!  We own a 32-foot Westsail that is living in our small boat harbor here in Seldovia – so you will often find me down on the docks checking up on her!   We have completely renovated her, from bulkheads to bowsprit – she has had a complete overhaul!  We are hoping to take her to warmer waters someday, but for now, she is safe and close by in our Seldovia marina.

Winter Watch offers a myriad of services, from weekly checks – interior or exterior or both of your home or boat to small repairs and home renovations, to remodels and additions – from the small ‘fixes’ to the large jobs, we can take care of your Seldovia home and boat needs.

Winter Watch is primarily a construction company. As a sole proprietor, I am a licensed and bonded general contractor with home construction, cabin building & remodeling experience.

More about my Winter Watch service:

I provide weekly checks (and keep written documentation) to keep an eye on heat, and water, and manage security checks and snow removal to avoid potential freeze-ups and costly disasters. As a full-time resident of Seldovia, I pride myself on handling whatever needs to be done promptly to secure your property.

Weekly checks range from $30-50 with additional small fees for outbuildings, cars, RVs or boats also stored on the property that require extra care. In big snow winters, there are additional fees related to snow removal (from roofs or decking) or snow plowing access as desired by the homeowner or recommended by me for the security of your property.

I also provide the management of winterization and de-winterization for homes, which may also include meeting with licensed plumbers and the City of Seldovia maintenance crew to turn on/off the water at additional costs.

As one can imagine, each property requires different care, from the size of the home, number of bathrooms, kitchens, whether it is a commercial property, in town or out the road, outbuildings, etc. Each property requirements are reviewed with the homeowner upon acceptance of the Application for Service, so that a custom plan may be created depending on the needs/desires of the home or business owner.

There may be times when you request a check on your property that is outside the scope of the regular weekly check or after a big storm or snowfall. At my discretion, an additional visit may be required to ensure the security of your property. It is very important to note that all my clients who are on my weekly watch list will receive priority attention during those times after a large snowfall or storm. I will manage my client’s situations (managing snow removal and plowing, and assisting if there are problems such as broken windows, fallen trees, or hazardous situations) before accepting calls for help from additional Seldovia homeowners. You and your property/investment are my priority!

I generally send invoices out every quarter and appreciate your prompt payment as the work and service has already been performed.

Outstanding service is what separates Winter Watch from the rest. See above to download the FORMS or call for further information or descriptions of service and pricing.

Benefits of our Winter Watch services:

  • Peace of Mind while you are away from home.
  • Regular visits to the home, so that it does not appear to be left or abandoned 
  • 24 Emergency Maintenance available
  • Monitoring the temperature (very important during cold months – freeze-ups can occur!)
  • Exterior checks to secure the building, and monitor any activity around the structure
  • Interior checks to run the water, check the electricity and temperature in the home
  • Check the fuel and propane levels
  • Check the electric meter for unusual usage 
  • After storm checks for potential storm damage
  • We can provide service from Seldovia to Jakolof Bay
  • Provide a running log of conditions found and report to the client every quarter (unless there’s an emergency)
  • Contact and billing services via email or text message
  • Special quotes are available for homes beyond Barabara Creek or off the road system (boat only)
  • Special rates apply to commercial properties 

Please feel free to give me a call and I would be happy to outline in more detail the services that I provide for boats and homes here in Seldovia.

Winter Watch
PO Box 263, Seldovia, Alaska 99663