REALTORS® are busy. Meetings, showings, events – REALTORS® check off their fair share of to-dos. The problem with tackling so many things at one time is that it can be easy to pay attention to your phone and not potential safety risks. From holding an open house to showing a property, safety should always be a number one concern. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of some great safety tips to keep in your back pocket.
- During open houses and showings, always ensure that your cell phone is charged and has a signal.
- If you host open houses alone, arrange for a co-worker, family member or friend to call or visit you at the house to check in and verify that you are safe.
- At open houses, require all visitors to sign in and include their full name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
- Always walk behind the prospect when showing homes, in order to keep them in your sight at all times.
- To further your peace of mind, inform a neighbor that you’ll be showing the house and ask them to be on the lookout for anything unusual they might see.
- In an age of constant Internet and social media use, always remember to limit the amount of personal information you disclose online, for your own privacy and protection.
- Lastly, do not hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agency if you ever feel threatened or unsafe.
We hope you consider these tips as you go about your daily activities as a REALTOR®. Want to learn more? Visit the REALTOR® Safety section of realtor.org.