Daily Safety Tips Keeping You and Your Clients Safe - Tip #1, Keep it Light

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Our profession is safety challenging and puts us into some precarious situations.  PLEASE take the time to read these daily safety tips. They can save you time, money and potentially your life!


The goal is simple but not to be understated:  Always keep YOUR SAFETY and YOUR CLIENTS

(Sellers and Buyers) SAFETY "top of mind".


Safety Tip #1 - Keep It Light:


Safety tip #1 - Keep it Light


Show properties before dark. If you are going to be working after hours, advise at least two people (I suggest a work member and non-work member.  Say your Broker, Office Manager or significant other, best friend) of your schedule and locations. If you must show a property after dark, turn on all lights (interior, exterior, garage, basement, etc.) and ensure ALL shades/curtains/blinds are in the open position.  This will make for a safer entry for your Buyers and will allow for passerby to see in the house.


When you are finished with your showing, leave exterior lights on for your own safety when exiting and getting to your vehicle.  Don't forget to have the basic's with you: Charged cell phone, flashlight with good batteries, pepper spray, etc.

For your convenience ... here's the link to NAR's 56 realtor safety tips:




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Comments (23)

Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Kathy Streib - I don't have an apple watch. But, would be great to have for emergencies.


Apr 13, 2018 09:45 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Rebecca it's so important to be aware of our surroundings - even more so in today's world. I don't recall showing home when it's dark out for many, many years. For sure I wouldn't want to by myself.  Good advice.

Apr 13, 2018 09:52 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Important message here Rebecca. Yes, keep it light...Safety First!

Apr 13, 2018 11:10 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Rebecca - oh yes, agents really can not be too careful.  These are great tips.

Apr 13, 2018 11:39 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing these great tips. Have a good weekend.

Apr 13, 2018 12:56 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I usually do not show after dusk. As always there are execptions! I remember one builder I worked for made us turn off all the lights it was nuts. So, I just refused to show I was not going to kill myself or someone else this was new construction not all homes were finished!

Apr 13, 2018 02:46 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I don't show after dark. Buyers cant see it and want to go back in the daytime so we just wait. 

Apr 13, 2018 09:07 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It's so scary out there, Rebecca. We cannot be too safe. I'm glad you provided a link to the other tips and hope that every single agent out there reads and heeds this.

Have a great (and safe) weekend!

Apr 13, 2018 10:57 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It's really too bad we have to be so mindful. Yet, the reality is we must. Bernie and I work together - although, he does meet clients on his own to show a home. Even then, the also takes precautions and we stay in touch via text. D 

Apr 14, 2018 06:41 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Rebecca,
We can never overemphasize the importance of safety!!! 

Apr 14, 2018 07:46 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Rebecca excellent advise and what a shame that the world has come to this...that we need to give advice like this, Endre

Apr 14, 2018 09:35 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rebecca, the times I can remember that made my hair stand up on my neck, it was with vacant homes they were calling about, close to dusk, and always took someone with me.  We can't be safe! 

Apr 15, 2018 07:21 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® - This is very important advice. It's easy to feel rushed and become complacent. We should never take daily activities for granted. Being aware of surroundings and knowing people are aware of your surroundings too makes a safer experience for all.

Thanks for a great post!

Apr 15, 2018 08:58 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Thanks to everyone for your stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on this post.

Apr 16, 2018 07:37 PM
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

Really good tip and not sure if I can remember ever showing a home after dark. 

Apr 16, 2018 07:58 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

So glad that you got a second look!  I need to keep a flashlight in the car along with the WD40 - 

Apr 21, 2018 03:53 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®,

I'm so glad to see Carol Williams featured your post in her Second Chance Saturday Series. You can't be too careful out there showing property to clients..I don't show homes when its dark and have moved to a business model of 75% listing 25% buyers. It works for me. Like the link to more tips.

Apr 21, 2018 05:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This is great advice, Rebecca. It’s a shame we have to be reminded about safety but it seems it’s becoming a bigger and bigger issue all the time.I haven’t shown a property in the dark for many years and it’s something I try to avoid.


Apr 21, 2018 09:01 PM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Thanks for sharing, Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®. There are times I've "had to" show a home when dark out. I always try to be sure someone knows the plan and will text or call if not heard from by a specific time. I like the idea of opening all curtains & blinds, too.

Apr 22, 2018 08:07 AM
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Great points all. Showing a house during the day is certainly safer. Thank you for sharing.

Apr 28, 2018 07:03 PM