September is realtor safety month and I have a few realtor safety tips I would like to share with you. As a real estate agent, whether you are male or female, you often work with total strangers. There are ways to ensure your safety when showing property or doing an open house with people you don’t know.
Below I have listed 12 realtor safety tips to help you stay safer while enjoying the work you do.
Showing & Open House Tips
- Wear modest accessories. Expensive jewelry should be kept for special occasions, not during working hours. Wearing expensive jewelry on a daily basis can be an invitation for trouble so it’s best to stay on the modest side when it comes to jewelry.
- When showing property, lock your purse in the trunk. This will eliminate the possibility of a potential robbery or identity theft.
- Unless you know the potential buyers, never show vacant property alone.
- When showing a property for the first time, arrive at the property a few minutes early to familiarize yourself with the area as well as locating all the exits for that particular property.
- Always let the client lead the way in and out of each room. This wards off the potential of them catching you from behind.
- Always carry mace or pepper spray. This can buy you precious seconds if attacked, allowing you to get away and call for help.
- Pre program your cell phone to dial 911 and carry it in your hand at all times when showing a property. This makes calling for help quicker and easier.
- Have a code word or phrase. Make sure key people back at the office know your code word or phrase so if they hear it, they will know you are uncomfortable or suspicious of the client you are currently showing property to.
- Have another agent with you when you hold an open house. This not only can protect you but is also greater protection against possible theft during the open house by people walking through the home.
- Ask for and take a photo of the client’s drivers license. If they refuse to allow you to do this, refuse to show them the property.
- Always meet first time clients at the office. It is best to meet with strangers in an area where there are other people.
- Never park in the driveway where the client might lock you in by parking behind you. Instead, park on the street so you can easily drive away.
For more realtor safety tips, visit my site at JudithWentzel.com where you will find additional safety tips as well as business building tips for REALTORS®.
Stay safe and prosperous!