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.
3 Always try to have someone else home with you when you have a repair scheduled or you are expecting a maintenance person. I have a screen door, so I leave my front door open if I am alone. If I needed to yell, someone would hear me, and I could get out quickly.
4 Do you have pepper spray? Keep it easily accessible in your hand or pocket. It’s okay to let them see it!
5 When you schedule your appointment, always ask for the name of the person who will be coming to your home. Don’t be shy about asking for a photo ID badge and their name BEFORE you let them in.
6 Keep the conversation to the topic at hand. Don’t discuss personal information. You may just say the right thing a potentially bad person is waiting to hear.
7 When possible, stay in the same room with the person doing the work. You don’t want someone snooping around your house.
8 Walk your guest to the door when they are done, and promptly lock the door behind them.
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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. Contact – Website – Facebook – LinkedIn – Pinterest – Twitter