Real Estate Professionals & Hurricane Preparedness

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Hurricane Preparedness for Real Estate ProfessionalsPreparing for the Storm

I wrote this post back in 2017 but felt it needed to be re-posted. As the Texas coast prepares for the storms today, there are a lot of preparations going on.  After going through Ike many years ago, there are some things as an agent that I learned and would like to share with you.  As a listing agent, there are some important things you can do to be as prepared as you can.

  1. Make sure that you have an updated contact list of all of your clients with good phone numbers and emails.
  2. As the storm approaches and looks as if it could hit close to us, speak with your clients to find out if they are staying in their home or will be evacuating.  If they are leaving, try and get a landline contact number for them if possible. This could be critical in the event that you need to reach them and cell phone services are out.
  3. Have them remove the sign in the yard and put it into the garage or in another safe place.  A sign could become a missile in high winds and that is not the kind of advertising that you want.
  4. Ask your clients to text you if they can that they are alright and the condition of the home after the storm.
  5. Make sure and bring home your listing files as you might not be able to get to your office for a while.
  6. Invest in a good external drive to secure your computer files.
  7. Think about purchasing a good battery source in order to run your computer and charge your cell phone.
  8. Stock up on cleaning supplies and trash bags.  After Ike, I went to several of my client's homes who left and cleaned out refrigerators that were bulging with spoiling foods.  Rubber gloves and a mask are a must.

These are just a few tips that can really make a huge difference for your real estate business and to your clients.  Taking a few steps now can help you be a huge asset to your clients if the need arises.  Your clients will thank you.

Be prepared, don't wait until the last minute, and be safe!

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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Paula, excellent timing for this post, and hope many read and get prepared.

Aug 25, 2020 02:36 PM #1
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Thank you Joan Cox - it is never fun but thinking ahead is the key.

Aug 25, 2020 02:38 PM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Paula McDonald, Ph.D. - although Laura is headed your way I hope that it will lose steam.

Aug 25, 2020 05:50 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Paula- excellent tips!  I'm still listening to the Weather Channel to see where Laura will hit. I wouldn't wish this on anyone but I'd be very happy if she stayed away from Houston. 

Aug 25, 2020 06:25 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Paula.

I don't understand why people would stay at their home.  For me, I would already have my home boarded up and headed away from Laura.

Aug 26, 2020 01:14 AM #5
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Paula,  I cannot imagine what people experience preparing for a storm and stress of not knowing exactly what will come or when it will hit, how hard, how much, will they be safe, need to evacuate.  Some may prepare and be lucky because the storm diverted and hit somewhere else. 


Aug 27, 2020 02:57 PM #6
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I always think of fellow Realtors during these 'natural' disasters, becoming even more intense due to man made changes in the environment.  Hurricanes, tornadoes, California fires....takes so much time to recover...but you must be prepared!

Aug 28, 2020 01:34 PM #7
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