Open House Safety Tips

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Agents Realty

An open house can be a great sales tool, but it also exposes you to numerous unfamiliar people for the first time. Stay safe by practicing these guidelines.

Call the local police department and ask them to have a squad care drive by during your open-house hours.

  • Check your cell phone's strength and signal prior to the open house. Have emergency numbers programmed on speed dial. Carry an extra, fully charged cell phone battery.
  • Determine several "escape" routes that you can use in case of an emergency. Make sure all deadbolt locks are unlocked to facilitate a faster escape.
  • Turn on the lights and open the curtains. These are not only sound safety procedures, but also great marketing tactics.
  • Make sure that if you were to escape by the back door, you could escape from the backyard. Frequently, high fences surround yards that contain swimming pools or hot tubs.
  • When prospective buyers begin to arrive, jot down their car descriptions, license numbers and physical descriptions.
  • When showing the house, always walk behind the prospect. Direct them; don't lead them. Say, for example, "The kitchen is on your left," and gesture for them to go ahead of you.
  • Notify a friend or a relative that you will be calling in every hour on the hour. And if you don't call, they are to notify the police immediately.
  • Inform a neighbor that you will be showing the house and ask if he or she would keep an eye and ear open for anything out of the ordinary.


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Dallas Chambers

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Michelle Lehman, Century 21 Noel David Realty in Fair Oaks, CA

Excellent suggestions.  Thanks again for the reminders.

Aug 26, 2009 06:44 PM #1


I am a realtor in another state and just viewed your open house safety tips.  I work a great deal of open houses to try to generate buyrs.  I just wanted to add to your list that I always, always make sure I have my cell phone, key to the property and my own car keys ON MY PERSON AT ALL TIMES.  And, they instructed us at my agency to never go upstairs or in a basement with buyers. 

Hope that adds to everyone's safety! Happy New Year!

Jan 06, 2010 10:41 AM #2
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