Do you know how to stay safe as a Realtor®? You may be rolling your eyes and ready to click off this article, but please wait.
You can’t have enough reminders, ideas, and Realtor® safety tips. It’s your life on the line. Remember that common sense to one person is a great new idea to someone else, so take a few minutes to read this piece.
I never want to see you on the news as a victim!
Realtor® Safety Tips Aren’t Just for Women
Do you think that because you’re a man, you’re not at danger for an attack? The truth is, men get assaulted just like women do.
Not every attacker is looking for a sexual assault. Sometimes they want money, goods from the home, or have other aims. Regardless of your gender, someone can show up at an open house or your office with a gun and demand that you comply with their demands.
Don’t assume that just because you’re a large man you’re automatically safe. Attackers can still target you if you don’t keep yourself safe.
Keep Your Emergency Car Kit Stocked
Breaking down on the side of the road puts anyone in a vulnerable position. That’s why it’s vital, whether you live in the city or countryside.
Make sure you have items like a spare tire, tow rope, LED flashlight, battery-powered jump starter, and more.
If you’re in an area with bad weather in the winter or tremendously hot weather in the summer, be sure to be prepared for those extremes as well. Be sure to carry water, a few granola bars, and a warm blanket or sleeping bags.
If you’re going to be in an area with poor cell phone reception, extra care is required. Be sure someone knows when you’re leaving, when you expect to be back, and who to call in an emergency. Consider taking someone with you if possible!
Keep Lights Bright
While Realtor® safety tips are important at all times of day and night, you can reduce your risks by doing things in the light. Try to keep appointments during the daylight hours. If that’s not possible, be sure folks know where you are and when you’re expected back.
If you’re at a home at night, be sure to turn the lights on right away. Keep shades open so folks outside can see in. Keep things as bright as possible, and make sure your cell phone is always with you. You don’t want to be in an emergency and your phone is in another room!
Open House Safety is Vital
Open houses are one of the places where Realtor® safety tips matter most. It’s a publicly advertised event, and is open to anyone who wants to come.
Have a partner when doing an open house if at all possible. Be sure that the homeowners know to put all valuables in locked storage. Be on high alert for anyone acting oddly and trust your gut. If you show someone around, don’t let them get between you and the door to a room.
When an open house is over, don’t assume everyone is gone. Check each room and the backyard before you leave. Be prepared to defend yourself if necessary.
You may prefer to do a virtual open house during the day instead. You keep all the doors locked and use live video to show the home to viewers online. This is helpful because no one is allowed in the home with you, and live video is a big deterrent to bad behavior.
Stay Safe This Spring
Realtor® safety tips are only helpful if they are implemented. We want to make sure we see your smiling face on your marketing postcards, not in the crime section of the newspaper! Stay safe out there, and most of all, trust your gut.
Did I miss anything? Do you have safety tips to add? We’d love to hear them – share in the comments below!
This post originally shared on PrinterBees' Real Estate Marketing Magazine.