Staying Safe When You Move

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General Moving

When it comes time to move, you will probably be excited to tell your friends and family about your next adventure.  In your excitement though, you will want to make sure that you cover your bases and keep yourself safe when you move.  You can put yourself in a vulnerable position when you are moving.  Here are a few tips to protect yourself when it comes time to relocate.

As you prepare for your move, you will have to speak to many people and provide personal information.  Whether it is getting utilities moved to your new home or having your finances checked so you can take out a mortgage, you will have many people requiring sensitive information from you.  You should be careful when furnishing your name and addresses.  Extra care should be taken when giving out your credit card and social security numbers.  It may be necessary to give out these numbers, especially if you need a credit check or a mortgage, but if you can avoid giving them out, you should.  Since you are giving out sensitive information, you should make sure to keep track of all documents that have this information on them.  You may need to keep some for records.  If you do not to keep the papers, you will want to shred any documents that have your information on it.  Once you have completed your move, you should keep an eye on your accounts and credit report for several months to ensure that you don’t become a victim of identity theft.  Thieves could find sensitive documents, or maybe got a hold of some mail that wasn’t forwarded to your new address.  If you are careful with your information, you should be fine, but keeping an eye on your accounts for at least six months after you move can help you catch a problem before your identity is stolen.

Social media has become an integral part of the human experience.  While it can be a nice tool to solicit advice or quickly inform your social network that you are moving, you want to be careful what you put on social media when moving.  Keeping exact dates and addresses off social sites can protect both your new and old home from potential burglars.  It is also a good idea to try and give the appearance that you are home.  Even if you try to limit the information about your move, word might get out, or the “For Sale” signs might give you away.  Making sure that newspapers don’t pile up or you leave trash out three days before pickup are a good idea.  If you can get family or friends to come and check on your home, cut the grass, or water the flowers, that can help ward off intruders.  Another good idea is to put a few lights on timers.  While you don’t want every light to be on, having parts of the house lit can give the appearance of being home.

Even though you have tried to keep the details of your move limited to a few people, there are still some tips to keep you safe while you move.  Changing the locks should be one of the first things you do when you get to your new home.  You do not know how many keys to your new home are floating around.  Between real estate agents, workmen, and friends and family of the previous owners, chances are there are at least a few people that could unlock your new front door.  It is a good precaution to change the locks and make sure that only your family members have keys to get into the new home, as well as a few spares made to keep hidden or give to trusted friends or family who might need them.

Making sure that all your loved ones know when and where you are moving can be a time consuming process.  However, you will want to make sure that you don’t broadcast too much information and make yourself vulnerable to fraud or theft.  Being safe when you move is important.  Following these tips can help you protect your home and identity when it comes time for the big move.

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