Safety Tips for Agents
Safety Tips Every Real Estate Agent Needs to Know
Familiarize yourself with the exits Prior to your open house, take a few minutes to learn where the exits are and unlock the deadbolts, in case you encounter a situation that requires a quick exit. Create a create a virtual floor plan of the house using an app like Home Design 3D (iOS, Free). Mark all entries and exits throughout the house so you can quickly exit if necessary.
Keep in contact with your office Give your office your itinerary, and schedule check-in calls with a co-worker or family member. If you aren’t available to speak at the scheduled time, send your safety contact a text message with a pre-determined word or phrase, so they know you’re occupied.
Keep your phone charged and close byBefore your open house, charge your phone fully and keep it on hand when you’re giving tours throughout the house. If your phone battery drains quickly, invest in a portable charge case or mat like one from Mophie to ensure you have full power throughout the day.
Be diligent with signing in prospects Collecting prospects’ contact information is not only a great follow-up technique, but a smart way to record attendees if anything goes wrong during an open house. Use an open house management app like the Open Home Pro™ app (iPad/Android, Free) to ensure visitors enter their name and contact information upon entering.
Trust your instincts Stay safe when meeting potential buyers with the bSafe app (iOS/Android, Free). If you feel threatened or unsafe, tap the “Alarm” button and the app will send your GPS location to pre-determined contacts in your address book via text message. If your intuition tells you that something about a prospect or situation is not right, you are probably correct. Take the necessary steps to make sure you are safe, even if that means calling 911.
Keep digital watch During a busy open house, it can be difficult to keep an eye on everyone who passes through. Ensure your safety, and help keep your seller’s valuables secure by using a wireless security camera like Canary. It syncs automatically through WiFi and you can watch real-time footage directly from your smartphone. It also has a safety-net feature, so you can set a co-worker or family member to be a back-up if you can’t respond to a safety notification.