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This month is dedicated to safety according to the National Association of Realtors and they have a variety of ways to stay safe while working in the real estate world.  With open houses being one of the prime opportunities to put yourself in a vulnerable position for danger, Homes.com wants to be sure you saw these 10 ways to host an open house, safely.

 

  1. Now, this may be difficult or costly, but try to get someone else there with you. Even if its just for a short time, having another person with you is always a great advantage in an open house.
  2. Before hosting the open house, check your cell service and confirm that you have it. A good tip is also to have any emergency numbers on speed dial.
  3. Check all rooms upon first entering and determine any escape routes if needed. All deadbolts should be unlocked, just in case.
  4. In the event that you did need to escape or exit quickly, know that you can exit through the fence or know a way out. You don’t want to be cornered. Always know your surroundings.
  5. Have all visitors sign in – ask for full name, address, phone number, and email.
  6. Update a neighbor that you will be showing the house. This will help keep an extra eye and ear out for anything out of the ordinary.
  7. When showing a property, walk behind your prospects. Direct them and avoid leading them.
  8. Focus on open spaces, and avoid closed areas, like basements and attics.
  9. Notify someone that you will check in every hour and if you don’t, request that they check in with you.
  10. Check all rooms on the premises before leaving the home.  Remember the front and backyard as well.

 

 

Source: Compiled from NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ REALTOR® Safety Resources Kit.