This month is dedicated to safety according to the National Association of Realtors and they have a variety of ways to stay safe while working in the real estate world. With open houses being one of the prime opportunities to put yourself in a vulnerable position for danger, Homes.com wants to be sure you saw these 10 ways to host an open house, safely.
- Now, this may be difficult or costly, but try to get someone else there with you. Even if its just for a short time, having another person with you is always a great advantage in an open house.
- Before hosting the open house, check your cell service and confirm that you have it. A good tip is also to have any emergency numbers on speed dial.
- Check all rooms upon first entering and determine any escape routes if needed. All deadbolts should be unlocked, just in case.
- In the event that you did need to escape or exit quickly, know that you can exit through the fence or know a way out. You don’t want to be cornered. Always know your surroundings.
- Have all visitors sign in - ask for full name, address, phone number, and email.
- Update a neighbor that you will be showing the house. This will help keep an extra eye and ear out for anything out of the ordinary.
- When showing a property, walk behind your prospects. Direct them and avoid leading them.
- Focus on open spaces, and avoid closed areas, like basements and attics.
- Notify someone that you will check in every hour and if you don’t, request that they check in with you.
- Check all rooms on the premises before leaving the home. Remember the front and backyard as well.
Source: Compiled from NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ REALTOR® Safety Resources Kit.