Safety Tips that can protect Homeowners and Realtors

By
Real Estate Agent with Benchmark Realty 00253111

 

Open house safety

 

An open house can be a great way to advertise that your home is for sale, and Realtors have been holding Open Houses for as long as people can remember.  However, homeowners and Realtors need to be careful and put some thought into safety before they open the doors to the home.

 

A few safety tips that can keep everyone safe:

 

  • Realtors should bring another agent or friend with them in order to not be in the house alone.
  • If the Realtor must be alone, they should make sure that family members and co-workers know where they are and what times.
  • Homeowners should put away things in the home that could easily be stolen, such as jewelry and prescription medication.
  • Realtors should arrive early and introduce themselves to the neighbors so the neighbors can keep and eye out for anything “fishy” going on during the Open House.
  • Advertising the Open House on websites like craigslist should be done with caution.  Remember, everyone can see these ads, not just people who are looking for a home.
  • Realtors should ask people stopping by to sign in.  That way there is written proof of who came through the house.

 

Overall, use common sense and pay attention to your intuition.  Obviously, in order to sell your house, you are going to have to let people in to see it.  But, everyone involved should be mindful of safety for the homeowner and the Realtor.

 

-Written by Maggie Claprood and Judy Rockensock-

 

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Comments (4)

Amy Robinson
London Pierce Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Realtor, Scottsdale Arizona Homes For Sale

Judy,  I have to admit being a young female I do get nervous sometimes meeting new people when I am alone.  I tend to always bring someone with me until I know who I am meeting. Thanks for the list I think it is very important for us all to remember safety.

Nov 08, 2011 08:28 AM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Judy, we must always stay alert at aware at our opens, thanks for the tips.

 

Best

Nov 08, 2011 08:30 AM
Team Rockensock
Benchmark Realty - Mount Juliet, TN
When Exceptional Service Is A Must!

We always have to be careful.  No matter whether you are a woman or a man, unfortunately bad things can happen.  Trusting your feelings and being proactive can help keep us all safe. 

Maggie Claprood

Buyer's agent for Judy Rockensock

Nov 08, 2011 08:48 AM
Ben Blonder
Broker/Owner, Keller Williams - Fort Collins, CO
Buyers, Sellers, Investors!

Great tips! Craigslist should definitely be used with caution. That can be the worst thing you can do to put yourself in danger!

Nov 08, 2011 09:43 AM

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