REALTOR® Safety Series: Staying Safe At Open Houses

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Home Stagers, I believe this applies to us, too!

A couple of months ago, I broke one of these major rules--going into a basement with a homeowner.  Nothing happened, but what the heck was I thinking???

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Sadly another tragic REALTOR® attack has made headlines this past week in Atlanta. Reports have surfaced claiming that a man robbed and attacked a female REALTOR® at gunpoint inside her leasing office. Luckily the REALTOR® was able to escape without any major injuries.  You can read the full article from Fox Atlanta for more details. 

Unfortunate events such as these are a true reminder that we need to prioritize our safety, and look at ways in which we could improve our own safety practices. To help jumpstart our Best Safety Practices series, we wanted to share with you quick and easy tips on how to be safe at Open Houses:

Staying Safe Prior To Hosting An Open House:

One of the key factors in staying safe on the job is being prepared. Here are a few tips on how you can ensure your open house will be as safe as it is successful:

  • Inform someone of the location and time of the Open House
  • Download a safety App, such as Moby, onto your smartphone
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged
  • Make sure your car has sufficient fuel
  • Arrange for someone check up on you, or automate a check-in with Moby

Staying Safe While Hosting An Open House:

You need to be vigilant about your safety from the moment you get out of your car, until the moment you are safely back home. Here are a few tips on how to ensure you are safe while hosting the open house:

  • Let someone in the neighborhood know of your presence
  • Place valuables in your car trunk
  • Make sure your phone is always within reach
  • Make sure you know the areas of the house that have cell-phone reception
  • Always follow clients, never lead the way
  • Avoid going into basements, attics or tight spaces.
  • Use Moby to check-in or alert a colleague, friend, or family member when you feel unsafe
  • Make sure you are actively thinking about your safety as you lock up the house at the end of the Open House
  • Take extra precaution as you are leaving the property

If you would like more information about REALTOR® safety, don't foget that you can download our 2011 Real Estate Safety Report for free.

Do you have any tips on how to stay safe at Open Houses? We would love to hear about more safety tips that REALTORS® use to protect themselves, so be sure to leave a comment below!

Take care and be safe everyone!

The Moby Team


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Comments (4)

Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

This information/alert can never be repeated enough!

Jul 10, 2011 06:33 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kathleen- thanks for reblogging this.  As Stagers, we often let our guard down but we need to be just as aware of our safety as well.

Jul 10, 2011 06:40 AM
Scott Freedle
Metro Brokers Freedle and Associates - Centennial, CO

There were a few crazies running around Denver for a while scaring women at open houses.     I would recommend having a male friend/Realtor sit with you, and while staging too.

Jul 10, 2011 07:07 AM
Kathleen Emhof
Buffalo, Amherst, Orchard Park and Western New York - Buffalo, NY
Home Staging and Redesign, Experts in Transition

Li, oftentimes we just need a nudge to remind us!

Kathy, I have been lucky enough to rarely be in a situation where I am alone within a property.  Women's intuition is there for a reason, so I use it often!  Thanks for stopping by!

Scott, there was an article in my local newspaper today with those exact suggestions!  A few weeks back, I encountered a female REALTOR® sitting alone at an open house.  I introduced myself and chatted briefly.  I probably should have admonished her for being alone.

Jul 12, 2011 02:55 AM