Hurricane Preparedness for Real Estate Professionals
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.
- Make sure that you have an updated contact list of all of your clients with good phone numbers and emails.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ask your clients to text you if they can that they are alright and the condition of the home after the storm.
- Make sure and bring home your listing files as you might not be able to get to your office for a while.
- Invest in a good external drive to secure your computer files.
- Think about purchasing a good battery source in order to run your computer and charge your cell phone.
- 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!