Safety Tips – When The Repairman Knocks

It has not been a good month for appliances in our house. The dishwasher started out sounding like a cricket was being strangled and then like it was chewing rocks. When it started leaking water on the floor, I knew it was time to bring in a professional.

As long as they were going to be here, I figured they could check the big non-working decorative box we affectionately called the microwave that has also gone to the dark side. My master plan is to stay home for the day and get all the home appointments out of the way at the same time.

When you call into a big box retailer, very often they have a call center or scheduler group that has your name, address, and phone number along with the date and time of your appointment. It’s not as likely someone being so heavily tracked would attack or rob you as it would be incredibility easy to put them at the crime scene.

However, when you are dealing with local small businesses, they may not have the same type of record keeping, and truthfully, you have no idea who is showing up at your door. Many smaller companies do not even run background checks on their employees.

Everyone thinks they live in a safe neighborhood, me included. It’s a gated residential community that has a security checkpoint, but it doesn’t mean I am anymore trusting of having strangers into my home.

Here are 8 simple tips to keep you safe when the repairman knocks!

  1. Mark scheduled appointments in outlook, on your phone, and in your appointment book. If something were to go wrong, it would be easy to see where to start asking questions.
  2. When scheduling an appointment if the date they offer doesn’t work, avoid saying we won’t be home or we are out of town. Simply ask for another time and never indicate you live alone.
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Tracy Vegahttp://tvega@simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com
TRACY Vega, mom, wife, visionary, community leader, and entrepreneur is the co-founder of Simple Self Defense for Women®. She is the winner of the 3rd Annual Power Women Magazine & Radio Show “Woman of the Year” award for 2012 and the June 2012 “Wednesdays’ Woman of the Month” for Every Way Woman Radio Talk Show.
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