Stay Safe While Protecting Your Home

When you move into a new house, your first thought may be to make sure that you are safe. Consider changing all of the external locks to make sure that no one out there—some former owner perhaps—has a key. The seller may tell you that they already have, but it’s a small price to pay for complete peace of mind.

Depending on the size and value of your property, you may be a target for scammers. Beware of anyone who goes door to door. They may talk about limited-time offers, or try to scare you by talking about a string of robberies in the area.

DON’T LET THEM INTO THE HOUSE. In all likelihood, they aren’t dangerous, but once you’ve let them in, they can see any actual security weaknesses.

Ask potential contractors for the following information and check it out with your state Attorney General, and the Better Business Bureau.

  • Contractor’s name
  • Street address (no P.O. Box)
  • Telephone number
  • Contractor’s license number
  • State that issued the license
  • Name under which the license is filed