Spotlight on the Owner


Jim Merkle

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Jim Merkle, Owner of Michiana Home Watch, LLC (MHW) was raised in South Bend, IN, growing up just down the street from the University of Notre Dame’s campus. His family owned a cottage on Cedar Lake in Marcellus, MI so he grew up living the lake life.


Even as a youth, Jim was mechanically inclined. He is always involved in helping family and friends with home projects so it was a natural progression for him to move into the home watch field. 


In 2006, he moved to Niles, MI with his wife, Kate (office support), and they have been enjoying Pure Michigan ever since! Jim enjoys golfing, visiting area lakes and home improvement/landscaping.


With over 30 years total experience working with HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, Jim is highly qualified to perform home watch inspections.  He has a keen eye for spotting issues in homes and structures as well as experience in building construction and renovations.

In addition to his years of experience, Jim has acquired valuable training and certifications that include the following:

  • NHWA Certified Home Watch Professional

  • Certificate in Constructions Estimating from San Deigo State University

  • Certificate from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for a 10-Hour General Safety and Health training course

  • Certificate in the Essentials of Facility Management from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

Providing excellent customer service and building trust in relationships with his clients is a top priority for Jim. He understands that a home is one of the most valuable assets that a person owns. He strives to care for the home as if it were his own, with dedication and reliability. If there are any potential problems found during the home watch inspection, Jim will contact the homeowner and communicate potential solutions.